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 1st July 2015
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 1:49pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Windy most mountains, reaching gale force, with sudden strong gusts to low levels; also very warm indeed, beware of dehydration. Thunderstorms breaking out across England and Wales will advance into Scotland later in the day, giving locally torrential rain well into the night.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Strong to gale force upland winds. Thunderstorms developing later.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southeasterly, 35 to increasingly 40 or 45mph. Near major ridges and summits, sudden gusts toward 50mph, particularly by afternoon and evening.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting, and increasingly difficult walking conditions; very strong gusts to low levels.

How Wet?

Thunderstorms later

Mainly dry over many hours, although patchy rain may affect coastal hills. An increasing risk of thundery rain spreading from the south by late afternoon and continuing into the evening and night. Locally there will be some prolonged torrential bursts.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little

Fragments of low level cloud may linger around Skye, otherwise the hills free of cloud most of the day, but patches may form during rain later.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine mostly through high cloud early in day. Visibility mainly good, but hazy, and reducing as rain develops.

How Cold? (at 900m)

15 to 19C; unusually warm (and humid).

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 2nd July 2015

Thursday and Friday will see mostly dry conditions, although here and there the risk of a burst of rain. Still warm, but not as hot and humid. However, by late Friday, most likely overnight into Saturday, there is expected to be thundery rain spreading northwards to all mountain areas, which may persist into Saturday daytime in Scotland. Into early next week, mixed conditions are likely to continue. It will be fairly warm, particularly in England and Wales. Low pressure and fronts moving in on a southwesterly flow will produce periods of rain across Scotland in particular.

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