The Northwest Highlands Forecast

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 23rd August 2019

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.)

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Forecast last updated on Thursday 22nd August 2019 at 4:35pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Strong to gale force winds across Scottish mountains in the morning, becoming confined to the northwest. Rain in the W/NW Highlands from dawn will fade and pull away northwards. Low cloud and patchy drizzle continues to affect many western hills of Britain, but some breaks tending to form, best toward eastern hills.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Windy, often gale force coastal hills. Heavy rain easing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly in the range 30 to 40mph; risk 50mph for a few hours in the morning west coastal hills.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking arduous or perhaps at times in the morning difficult. Strongest winds not necessarily on higher tops.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Early rain clearing to patchy drizzle.

Rain persistent for a few hours from dawn, heaviest on western mountains. Will tend to gradually fizzle out and clear northwards, although patches of drizzly rain may come and go through the day on west coastal hills.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, lowest west in morning; improving slowly.

Cloud will likely cover western hills extensively, to lower slopes in morning where rain persists. Further east, cloud coming and going across higher tops. Bases tending to rise through the day, although western summits likely to stay covered.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% rising to 30% west, or 60% across Sutherland afternoon.

Air clarity (below cloud)

Mostly cloudy; glimpses of sun possible eastern hills mainly afternoon. Visibility poor due to rain in morning, tending to improve, but leaving a general haze.

How Cold? (at 900m)

8 rising to 11C, warmest Sutherland where cloud breaks.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 24th August 2019

Southerly winds over the next few days will bring much warmer temperatures than recent weeks, and feeling humid. A few showers may affect western Scottish coasts on Saturday, but most places will be dry through the weekend and Monday, with light winds and sunshine, hazy at times. Many hills often free of low cloud. By Tuesday into midweek, as fronts edge back in from the west, bursts of rain are likely to develop, locally thundery. Southwesterly winds are expected to prevail later in the week, with rain at times, most frequent in W/NW Scotland. Some windy days with possible gales for the Highlands.