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 2nd September 2015
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 9:24am

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Summary for all mountain areas

Cool, quite strong, northerly winds will bring higher wind chill levels than normal for early September. Still the risk of some showers from often rather cloudy skies, but these will be fewer and lighter than on recent days, though risk that these may still be a bit more widespread England and Wales. Excellent visibilities away from any showers.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Cool northerly winds; a few showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 30 to possibly later 40mph, strongest eastern tops (broadly east of Loch Cluanie to Achnasheen). Will ease slowly.

Effect of wind on you?

Likely to impede ease of walking particularly higher eastern and northern ranges.

How Wet?


Brief showers, mainly Sutherland.

Cloud on the hills?

Confined to higher areas.

Cloud base will rise through the day, and also generally from north to south. North of Assynt - and possibly west coastal slopes - typically 600 to 750m, whilst south of Torridon, cloud rare below 800m by late morning, with breaks to 1050m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sun only. Excellent or superb visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C, rising to 5C toward the Great Glen.

Freezing Level

1200m or above. Slight frost in a few valleys and corries until after dawn.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 3rd September 2015

Almost completely dry over the next week or more as high pressure, centred just west of Britain, edges closer and perhaps covers much of UK by early next week. Often cool and rather cloudy. On Thursday and at times through until the weekend, temperatures on highest tops Scottish Highlands close to freezing point. Ground frost possible sheltered areas, mainly valleys at night. Hint of warmer weather next week.

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