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 Wednesday 18th July 2018
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 2:30pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A slack pressure pattern results in light winds and local areas of showers. Some slow-moving bursts of rain locally, focused on southern Scotland, but many places will escape dry much of the day. Cloud breaking to higher summits. Pleasant temperatures, but fairly cool NW Scotland.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Often dry, well scattered showers. Light winds. Cloud breaks.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, around 10mph, occasionally less inland. Nearer 15mph in afternoon western coastal hills.

Effect of wind on you?


How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Localised showers

Isolated showers around western coastal hills from dawn, drifting inland through the morning, but fading from the coast. Risk of local slow-moving showers toward Caithness & Sutherland in afternoon/evening.

Cloud on the hills?

Covering some tops at times

Occasionally covering hills above 800 to 1000m, locally patches to lower slopes on western hills in morning and around showers. Patchy mist some glens post-dawn.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Air clarity (below cloud)

A little sun, mostly morning, then cloud tending to fill in inland; sunniest coastal hills afternoon. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7 to 9C; coolest near west coast.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 19th July 2018

A mixed westerly pattern will exist through the weekend into early next week. Occasional frontal systems coming in from the Atlantic will bring rain from time to time, focused on western Scotland. Some showery bursts possible elsewhere, but also a good amount of dry weather. Varied wind speeds, at times light, but also some blustery periods across the hills through the weekend. Temperatures around average for mid-July, warmest England & Wales, but NW Scotland often quite cool.

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