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 29th August 2014

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Forecast last updated on Thursday 28th August 2014 at 10:13pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Widely windy, wet and many summits shrouded in cloud, with worst conditions on western mountains. However, less wet southern mountains in Wales - and far northwest of Scotland, where there will be a lull in the wind.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Gradually deteriorating from south: rain, low cloud.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Mostly east or southeasterly initially 25mph, but across most of region expect a prolonged lull centred on the afternoon. But risk suddenly later in day 30 to 40mph Skye and mainland south of about Loch Carron/Glen Affric.

Effect of wind on you?

Small, but later on suddenly there may be considerable buffeting on higher areas.

How Wet?

Rain extending north; risk lightning

Substantially dry north from Assynt, although pulses of rain will edge north toward evening. Elsewhere, increasingly wet as a mixture of periods of nearly constant rain and heavy, possibly thundery showers extends northeastwards.

Cloud on the hills?

Many summits cloud free north; elsewhere, deteriorating in rain

Most summits temporarily cloud free, and from Assynt northwards, summits cloud free most of the day. Elsewhere, fragments of cloud on higher summits will lower in rain and become extensive, and patches may well form on some lower slopes for a few hours.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80% Sutherland; dropping to 20% elsewhere

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine mainly morning Sutherland. Excellent visibility, but widely deteriorating in rain, and on higher areas increasing widely foggy.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Between 8 and 10C

Freezing Level

Above summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 30th August 2014

Mixed weather until Monday, but from Tuesday onwards little if any rain, and from the south becoming very warm with extensive sunshine across most or all mountain areas. This weekend, Sunday will be the best day with light wind, and just a few showers in Scotland. Cloud will lift off most summits. An east to west split on Saturday with rare showers and cloud base lifting on eastern mountains, but in the west cloud will shroud most tops and particularly in W Scotland showers will be frequent. Substantially dry W Wales.

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