The Northwest Highlands Forecast

Areas north from Knoydart in the west, and the Great Glen towards the east (NB. Does not include Mull and areas west of Loch Linnhe, these are found in the West Highlands forecast.)

Viewing Weather Forecast for Thursday 3rd September 2015
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 4:28pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Strong northerly winds, reaching gale force on higher areas in north-east Scotland, will give considerable wind chill factor for the time of year. Light showers, mainly N & E facing mountains, including eastern Yorks Dales. Cloud confined to higher northern tops. Mostly very little sunshine.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Strong cold wind; light passing showers, southern tops clearing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly, 30 to 35mph, strongest morning and toward the east, locally up to 40mph around dawn. Late in the day, easing toward 25mph western summits on/near Skye.

Effect of wind on you?

Will impede comfortable walking across the hills, giving considerable buffeting on some higher areas. Significant wind chill for early September.

How Wet?

Brief showers

Light brief showers, mainly Sutherland and northern facing hills around west coast in morning, but a few elsewhere afternoon. Sleet highest tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Very little toward south.

Extensive cloud higher areas for several hours after dawn. By late morning, cloud confined above 600-800m north of Assynt and 800 to 1100m further south, highest south from Kintail.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% north; 50% inland near Great Glen.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun only. Superb visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2 or 3C, rising to 5C away from N Sutherland and immediate west coast through day; but occasionally feeling colder than minus 5 Celsius where exposed to the wind.

Freezing Level

Just above the summits. Small risk local grass frost some sheltered glens until after dawn.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 4th September 2015

Almost completely dry over the next week or more as high pressure, centred just west of Britain, edges closer and covers much of UK by early next week. Often cool and rather cloudy. Cold for early September, temperatures on highest tops Scottish Highlands remaining close to freezing point Friday & Saturday, although rising a little by Sunday. Ground frost possible overnight and post-dawn in sheltered areas, mainly valleys. Slowly becoming warmer during next week, as winds transition round to the west or south-west with time. Rain may encroach onto western Scotland later in the week.

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