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 7th October 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 6th October 2015 at 4:21pm

Today | Thursday | Friday

Summary for all mountain areas

Rain and low cloud in east & north-east of Scotland, persisting most of the day. Elsewhere, rain clears in the morning, and clouds increasingly breaking up, leaving most western mountains clear. Winds varied, but many areas strong and gusty to low levels, particularly Pennines.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Winds generally light; mainly dry & clear west, rain east.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to northwesterly, often just 10mph, to occasionlly 15mph, least wind typically western areas. May increase in Sutherland to 20-25mph later.

Effect of wind on you?

Often small. Risk later may impede walking higher areas in north-east.

How Wet?

Rain mostly east, dry west

A slow moving area of rain around Great Glen and particularly Sutherland, at times persistent, but may be quite patchy. Areas toward Skye & west coast south from Torridon should stay dry all day.

Cloud on the hills?

Breaking up from west

Widespread cloud across the mountains, to low levels where rain persists, but increasingly cloud will break up and clear from most or all hills, perhaps very soon western areas.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70% west; 40% east

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine increasingly breaking through western areas, but very little in east. Visibility becoming excellent, but fog may persist on eastern hills.

How Cold? (at 900m)

6C around dawn, soon falling to 3 or 4C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits, but later dropping close to highest western tops.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 8th October 2015

Pressure builds across England and Wales on Thursday & Friday - the high then becoming centred toward the north & east into early next week, giving mainly fair conditions for several days ahead, but some areas of low cloud and drizzle. Complications still surround ex-Hurricane Joaquin this weekend, but the main impact from this system is likely to be an increased south-easterly wind, risk up to gale force on the mountains. Next week may become increasingly cold.

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