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 21st July 2017
Forecast last updated on Friday 21st July 2017 at 7:18am

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Summary for all mountain areas

Severe conditions on mountains near the Irish Sea as upland gales or severe gales (Wales) spread inland ahead of a band of heavy rain and low cloud. Winds will strengthen into Scotland, but low cloud and a little rain will be mostly confined to southern Scotland.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Increasingly windy, but fine with cloud clearing summits.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly, strengthening gradually from 15mph post dawn to 25mph early afternoon and 30 to 35mph, strongest on/near Skye, evening.

Effect of wind on you?

Fairly small most of day although will increasingly make walking arduous where exposed. Local sudden gusts extending to lower slopes from major ridges and summits.

How Wet?

Little or no rain

Isolated if any showers. Small risk an hour or so of light or very light rain edging north to Knoydart and on and near Skye afternoon or evening.

Cloud on the hills?

Most summits cloud free throughout daylight

Cloud confined above the hills except for a few hours after dawn when fog may form lower slopes on more eastern hills north of Ben Wyvis.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost certain by late morning.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of sunshine - most sun western mountains. Excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

6 rising to 10C

Freezing Level

Above summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 22nd July 2017

This weekend and early next week, winds often light, some areas of low cloud and constant rain, but overall frequently dry (despite fairly low pressure). Least rain will be in northern Scotland. Nevertheless one or two areas of strong winds. A weak ridge of high pressure will bring mostly fine conditions to the mountains early next week, but further strengthening winds and rain are likely to spread east across Britain mid-week. From then rain and low cloud will be frequent, particularly western mountains.

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