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 6th October 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 6th October 2015 at 8:31am

Summary for all mountain areas

A complex situation: rain in Scotland becoming confined to north-east. Bursts of torrential rain and thunderstorms developing Wales & southern Pennines. Widespread murk and low cloud, unlikely to clear most hills. Strong southerlies in NE Scotland, otherwise winds easing markedly.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Wind easing slowly; rain clears northwards, some cloud breaks.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South or southeasterly, 30 to locally 40mph in Sutherland. Will ease slowly from south to 20mph, least wind evening.

Effect of wind on you?

Locally difficult walking conditions toward north at first, but by afternoon becoming fairly small.

How Wet?

Rain mostly morning, improving most areas

Rain or drizzle on and off throughout the morning, most persistent around Great Glen and Sutherland, advancing slowly northwards. From about midday, broadly dry conditions developing from the south-west. However in Sutherland, rain may persist through the afternoon, occasionally heavy.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher areas

Generally, cloud base 700 to 900m, highest western mountains north of about Ullapool, and lifting slowly from south, but in eastern Sutherland, risk blanket very low cloud.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60% far north-west; 30% most areas; 10% E.Sutherland.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun, mainly toward north. Generally hazy. Fog higher areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 7th October 2015

Some uncertainty remains for Wednesday - rain threatens to persist eastern Highlands, perhaps also Borders. Improving from west, but temperatures falling, and freezing levels briefly near higher Scottish summits later and early Thursday. Pressure builds across England and Wales Thursday & Friday, giving fair conditions, although low cloud many western mountains. Toward weekend and beyond, high pressure building toward the east may bring renewed settled weather for several days.

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