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 Friday 1st August 2014

Today | Saturday | Sunday

Forecast last updated on Thursday 31st July 2014 at 1:47pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Locally blustery across Wales, but particularly in Scotland little wind on the mountains. Generally showery, with most showers in the afternoon. Low cloud will persist on many mountains, particularly those near the Irish Sea.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Rain and low cloud, mainly north. Little wind.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction likely to vary 10mph or less. But in northern Sutherland easterly, up to 20mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Mostly negligible

How Wet?

Showers; perhaps constant rain far north

Showers; turning heavy and in places frequent by afternoon with small risk thunder. But in Sutherland, particularly north, lighter but for a few hours, more constant rain likely.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive north.

Fairly extensive low cloud after dawn. Gradually base will lift; by midday most cloud above 900 to 1100m, although lower near showers. In far north, cloud may persist for much of the day below 500m, particularly east.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional glimpses of sun. Fog may be extensive northern hills; but otherwise often the visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

8 or 9C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 2nd August 2014

Confidence is presently very low over the weekend as a thundery low moves northwards across Britain. The low may remain shallow with fairly light winds and the rain patchy (although some heavy bursts), but moderate risk of the rain widely heavy and very extensive and gales or near upland gales developing by Sunday. The rain easing across Britain from the south on Sunday. Next week, winds generally off the Atlantic bringing rain from time to time and also low cloud, with western mountains most prone.

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