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 Saturday 23rd August 2014

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Forecast last updated on Friday 22nd August 2014 at 4:23pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A cool north-westerly breeze continues, still feeling chilly for August. Scattered showers, in the morning mostly northern Scotland, and also Wales. By afternoon, risk of a cluster of perhaps thundery showers Borders & Pennines.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Showers. Many summits clearing. Cool breeze.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 15mph, occasionally dropping to 10mph.

Effect of wind on you?


How Wet?


A scattering of showers, most widespread coastal areas in far north and west early morning, but mostly inland middle of the day onward. Sleet highest tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Inland summits clearing

Cloud will shroud coastal areas above 700 to 900m, but by afternoon, breaks to 1000m. Well inland, most cloud soon above 900m, and particularly near Great Glen, often confined above the tops by midday.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40% west coast & Skye; 80% inland.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sunshine - most widely in morning well inland. Excellent or superb visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C; rising to 6C well inland. Remaining particularly cold for August.

Freezing Level

Just above the summits; but slight frost until after dawn in some valleys and corries well inland.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 24th August 2014

Until Sunday night, cold on the mountains - and also at night in many valleys with ground frost some nights. Scotland: remaining substantially dry for several days ahead, the air very clear and many summits free of cloud. Atlantic fronts threaten by about Wednesday, bringing increasing wind, cloud and rain to particularly western mountains. England and Wales: fine on Sunday until rain edges into Wales late on. Then rain and areas of low cloud on Monday as an Atlantic low crosses southern Britain, improving on Tuesday.

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