The Northwest Highlands

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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Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Saturday 31st July 2021
Last updated Fri 30th Jul 21 at 4:30PM

Summary for all mountain areas

A few mostly light showers for the Highlands, but many places dry. Lowest cloud on the hills toward the far north, but some breaks into central Scotland. Low cloud may persist across the Lakes & west Wales with a little rain. Scattered showers for the Pennines. A light to moderate breeze. Coolest in northern Scotland.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Patchy brief showers. Low cloud tending to lift, may persist north.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 10 to 20mph, but 25mph at times coastal hills.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small, but some local buffeting possible coastal hills. Rather cool in exposure.

How Wet?

A few showers, mostly near coast.

A few brief isolated showers, these mostly across coastal hills with many inland hills dry. Some showers drifting southwards across Sutherland over a few hours.

Cloud on the hills?

Early banks lifting, but persisting on tops.

Banks of low cloud with bases around 400-800m from dawn. Will lift and likely spread out into a layer of cloud with bases around 900-1200m, thus lingering on tops. Small chance highest summits being initially above the cloud layer.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

A little sun breaking through at times, but mostly cloudy. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 to 5C at dawn, lifting to 5 to 7C; highest around Kintail.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Sunday 1st August 2021
Last updated Fri 30th Jul 21 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 10 to 20mph, strongest Skye, immediate west coast and Ben Hope.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small effect on walking, but a distinct chill for high summer on the tops.

How Wet?

Scattered light showers

A few showers spreading from the north, mostly light and brief.

Cloud on the hills?

Breaks to higher tops

Banks of cloud focused on northern summits and those nearest the west coast in the morning. Will mostly lift above 900m with higher breaks.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Fairly cloudy, occasional sun. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2C at first, rising to 4C northern tops, 6C near Great Glen.

Freezing Level

Highest summits close to freezing point at dawn. Also possible grass frost sheltered inland glens.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Monday 2nd August 2021
Last updated Fri 30th Jul 21 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to northwest or variable, 10 to 15mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small

How Wet?

Low risk of a shower

Chance of an isolated light shower, mainly inland hills by the afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Most cloud above summits

A few banks of cloud here and there on higher slopes, mainly on and around Skye during the afternoon.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Fairly cloudy, some sun breaking through. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4 to 6C at dawn, rising to 7 to 9C afternoon, highest around Great Glen.

Freezing Level

Above the summits. Possible grass frost at dawn some inland glens.

Planning Outlook

A relatively quiet but rather cool theme into early next week. Local grass frost overnight in sheltered Highland glens. Plenty of dry weather, but also a risk of scattered showers, some heavy. Often fairly cloudy, but cloud bases will lift toward or above most higher summits and the air quite clear. Winds mostly fairly light. Low pressure is expected to dominate from midweek onward, with rain or heavy downpours common again. For now, in places, the ground still very dry underfoot despite recent rain.