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 Tuesday 7th July 2015
Forecast last updated on Monday 6th July 2015 at 4:29pm

Summary for all mountain areas

An unsettled day; often breezy, strongest winds southern regions, but locally light winds in the Scottish Highlands. Areas of persistent rain, and locally slow moving thundery showers.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Variable but mostly light winds. Often raining; risk thunder.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction variable, mostly southwesterly (but in the far north, locally east or later northeasterly); 15 to 20mph, briefly up to 30mph, but for many hours there may be very little wind.

Effect of wind on you?

Often very small, but locally will impede ease of walking.

How Wet?

Frequent rain or showers; isolated lightning.

Pulses of rain throughout the day, may merge into near constant rain for several hours, although locally it may be dry for an hour or more. Occasional heavy and perhaps thundery showery bursts; risk lightning.

Cloud on the hills?

Often extensive

Tops mostly covered with patches to as low as 300m on southern slopes in more persistent rain. Rarely clearing above 800m, particularly Skye and west.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Only brief glimpses of sunshine. Often foggy many higher areas, but intermittently very good visibility when dry.

How Cold? (at 900m)

10C, but locally only 8C northernmost ranges.

Freezing Level

Above summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 8th July 2015

A band of showery rain will move southwards across all ranges on Wednesday followed by a cold northerly airflow. By Thursday showers will be confined to the north and east of Scotland by which time they will have turned to snow over highest tops where night temperatures may dip just below freezing. However, warmer air pushing north on Friday will bring wet weather to much of the Highlands with unsettled conditions extending southwards over the weekend.

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