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 29th July 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 28th July 2015 at 3:34pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Cold, especially Scottish Highlands where highest summits only just above freezing point - resulting in precipitation falling as hail and snow. Showers widely across all mountain areas, although improving most western mountains afternoon. Winds fairly light.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Cold; showers, of hail and on highest tops snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 20 to locally 25mph morning, easing 15 to locally 10mph afternoon and evening.

Effect of wind on you?


How Wet?


Hail and on highest tops snow showers throughout the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive; lowest base coastal hills, especially north

Patches possible to as low as 400m in showers northern Sutherland. Otherwise, patches of cloud below 650m near showers and between, most cloud around 900m. Highest base summits toward Great Glen, where in afternoon summits intermittently clearing.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% to near Great Glen in afternoon 60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little more than glimpses of sunshine. Fog extensive higher areas, especially north. Below cloud often excellent visibility away from showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 rising to 5C inland south of Ullapool

Freezing Level

Mostly just above summits. Will drop toward 1100m toward dusk coastal summits, and then through the night progressively inland. After dark, slight frost some valleys and corries.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 30th July 2015

Low temperatures on most mountains until the weekend; coldest Thursday on the Scottish Highlands, when highest tops will be below freezing point, giving snow in showers. Broadly showery on Thursday, nearly all the showers along the spine of Britain. By Friday dry England and Wales, but rain from time to time Scotland, turning increasingly wet western hills. On Saturday, a weakening front will take rain away from hills in England and Wales before fine on Sunday. Scotland showers, mainly Saturday.

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