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 8th July 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 7th July 2015 at 4:16pm

Today | Thursday | Friday

Summary for all mountain areas

A strong northerly wind will make it feel notably cold for July on the mountains, particularly in Scotland. Areas of showers moving south, locally merging into bands of constant rain over the Pennines. Many summits cloud free away from showers; visibility excellent.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Cold wind. Showery. Many tops clearing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 25 to 30mph, occasional gusts over 35mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Significant wind chill for July. Some buffeting at times across mainly higher ridges and summits.

How Wet?


A belt of showery rain will soon move away southwards. Then scattered showers which will turn to snow and hail across highest summits by the end of the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied amounts

Extensive above 700m at first but soon breaking to near or above many summits, though may lower briefly to around 700m, particularly north of Ullapool in showers.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Intermittent bright sunshine from mid-morning, particularly coastal hills. Visibility widely excellent away from showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

5 or 6C, but dropping from north, to 3C by evening. Due to wind chill, it will feel like minus 5 Celsius in exposure.

Freezing Level

Above summits falling from north to 1200m by dusk.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 9th July 2015

Thursday will be dry apart from isolated brief showers. Grass frost some valleys at dawn and still chilly for July in any breeze, but winds will ease. By Friday, south to southwesterly winds will strengthen, particularly in western Scotland, where rain will persist for a few hours. However, temperatures will rise, and it will be dry for England & Wales, with plenty of warm sunshine. The weekend is likely to be changeable; areas of rain and showers. A mixed outlook continues into next week, occasionally cool, breezy and showery, but some dry, bright and warmer days.

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