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 Tuesday 28th July 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 28th July 2015 at 3:34pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A complicated weather pattern with the remnants of various fronts across Britain (simplified to a single front on the map). Broadly, areas of rain will drift about and low cloud will be extensive. N Scotland, Wales and the Peak District will be driest with highest cloud base. Winds will be light.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Cold; showery. Sleet highest tops. Light wind.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 10 to 20mph; strongest N Sutherland.

Effect of wind on you?


How Wet?

Intermittent rain; sleet higher tops

Showers from time to time, although in a band moving southwards, the rain frequent for a couple of hours, particularly afternoon south of Ullapool where heavy bursts of rain. Hail and on highest summits sleet.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher areas

Cloud base varying; in rain, banks of cloud from forest canopies up, although from north at least across Sutherland, cloud becoming rare below 700m, with breaks to 950m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sunshine, mainly morning toward south, and then again from north middle of day and afternoon. Fog many higher areas; below cloud, intermittently excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Cold for the time of year: 4C; rising a little by afternoon well inland.

Freezing Level

Just above higher summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 29th July 2015

Low temperatures on most mountains until the weekend; coldest Thursday on the Scottish Highlands, when highest tops will be below freezing point, giving snow in showers. Broadly showery, most showers on Wednesday and Thursday along the spine of Britain. By Friday dry England and Wales, but rain may well reach at least western Scotland. The sequence is uncertain from the weekend, as forecasts from the different meteorological centres bring in fronts and on some models associated lows at different speeds. However, continuing unsettled, but a little warmer in the summits.

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