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 July 2016
Forecast last updated on Friday 29th July 2016 at 3:08pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Extensive low cloud and areas rain from S Scotland southwards at dawn will gradually clear from north, although only improving Wales afternoon and evening. Otherwise, extensively fine with light wind. However, in NW Scotland, blustery, showery, and persistent low cloud.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Blustery Sutherland. Showers. Cloud shrouding higher areas.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West or northwesterly ranging from 15-20mph south from Kintail, including Skye to 25-30mph Sutherland.

Effect of wind on you?

Mostly fairly small, but may impede ease of walking on higher areas in Sutherland.

How Wet?

Showers; temporarily frequent in some areas

Showers: mostly fairly infrequent although after dawn the rain temporarily almost constant on and near Skye, and a repeat of these conditions will spread south across Sutherland evening.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive; especially western hills

Cloud will continue to shroud particularly western mountains nearly all, or all day. Typical cloud base 400m in and after rain to more often 650m, although well inland, breaks to 900m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sunshine only, most likely lower areas well inland. Fog widely higher area.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 30th July 2016

Westerly or northwesterly winds until Tuesday will bring showers, but particularly on western mountains south of Lochaber, total rainfall small. Cloud base will often be much higher than recently, particularly around the Irish Sea. There will be little day to day difference (note similarity in most forecast texts for the weekend!). Although very likely fine on Tuesday, later in the day, rain and low cloud may well reach Wales and perhaps N England (timing of this uncertain as yet).

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