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 28th May 2022
Last updated Fri 27th May 22 at 2:25PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Extensively dry with patches of sun, although a few brief showers. However, it will remain chilly, particularly near the coast of NW Scotland, where higher areas will be below freezing point.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Cold, especially far north. Risk of a shower - of hail or snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly, 15 to 20mph, perhaps 25mph higher northern tops.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small; but considerable wind chill on higher areas.

How Wet?

Little or no precipitation

Many areas dry all day, but here and there a shower, of hail, or snow higher tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Nearly all summits clearing. Most likely to persist coastal summits.

Overall cloud base will rise through morning. By late morning most cloud above 1000m allowing most summits to clear. Near coasts open to the north, the fog may well persist much of the day above 750m, although some breaks to higher summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% rising to 80%, although 40% Wester Ross and Cuillin.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of bright sun. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

1 to 3C near the coast (coldest far north); elsewhere by afternoon 4 to 7C (warmest south from Torridon). Will feel much colder directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

1000m near the coast far north all day; elsewhere above the summits by late morning.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Sunday 29th May 2022
Last updated Fri 27th May 22 at 2:25PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly, 20 to 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small

How Wet?

Showers or flurries

Occasional showers or flurries, mostly brief, of hail or above 800m snow. Coastal summits may well have very few showers afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Often covering higher tops, particularly far north

Sutherland and coastal summits elsewhere: cloud base 650 to 800m rising for periods to 900m. Elsewhere: Cloud base will rise, by late morning, higher tops frequently cloud free, but cloud will form on higher tops again near showers.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, brief bursts of sun. Sunnier afternoon some coastal summits. Visibility excellent, but reduced around showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0C rising to 3C.

Freezing Level

850m rising marginally far north, but to above the summits by midday elsewhere. Slight frost at first some valleys & corries.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Monday 30th May 2022
Last updated Fri 27th May 22 at 2:25PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction may well vary, mostly less than 15mph, perhaps calm on some summits. But locally gusts 25mph in precipitation.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly negligible, although temporary sudden buffeting near precipitation in the afternoon.

How Wet?

Areas of heavy precipitation developing

Patches of rain, or above 800m snow, from dawn, mainly north of Torridon. Will deteriorate from later morning as precipitation becomes widespread and heavy with risk thunder. Some coastal areas, particularly Skye may become dry.

Cloud on the hills?

Will come and go, sometimes extensive and shrouding lower slopes

Considerable variation, particularly afternoon. Broadly, cloud base will rise from 450 to 700m (lowest near coast) after dawn toward 800 to 1100m by late morning. But in precipitation expect fog widely on higher slopes and in some areas on lower slopes as well.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sunshine (mainly south from Torridon) will tend to give way to occasional bursts of sun, although some coasts will become sunnier. Very poor visibility in snow, but often excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2C, but up to 4C afternoon inland south from Torridon.

Freezing Level

1050m, but 1250m away from precipitation south from Torridon by afternoon. Frost at first some valleys and upland dips.

Planning Outlook

Relatively low temperatures on the mountains much of next week; particularly on the Scottish highlands where higher tops will frequently be near freezing point. Showers, some heavy and thundery, giving hail and on higher tops snow, will be widespread, particularly in the afternoons, when in some areas they will merge to give a few hours of precipitation.