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Northwest Highland Forecast

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
Friday 14th August 2020
Last updated Thursday 13th August 2020 at 2:26 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Many mountains dry; warm sunshine in the west. Low risk of isolated thundery showers forming. Greater threat of thunderstorms mid & south Wales. Fog persists in eastern Scotland and England from low levels upward; just some highest tops above this layer.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Dry, fog breaking up. Light winds.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction varied; 10mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Negligible

How Wet?

Rain not expected

Cloud on the hills?

Very little by late morning

Ribbons of fog from valleys up after dawn, in some areas extensive, particularly Sutherland and toward Moray Firth. Nevertheless, some summits cloud free (in places above the fog). The cloud will all or nearly all clear by mid or late morning, but may leave patches on higher tops near the coast.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Banks of cloud will tend to break up to give sunshine. Far north may be most cloudy. Haze very likely lifting to give excellent or superb visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

10C, rising away from far north to 17C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Saturday 15th August 2020
Last updated Thursday 13th August 2020 at 2:26 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction varied; 10mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Negligible

How Wet?

Rain not expected

Cloud on the hills?

Summits extensively cloud free

Patches of cloud temporarily some higher slopes in morning, and also fog in and just above many glens for a few hours following dawn.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

90%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Extensive sunshine, although banks of cloud above some summits. Misty or foggy widely lower slopes at first. This clearing but some hills remaining hazy.

How Cold? (at 900m)

17C; small variation all day.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Sunday 16th August 2020
Last updated Thursday 13th August 2020 at 2:26 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

East to southeasterly or variable, mostly 10-15mph or less, locally at times may be 20-25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small, but local gusty conditions possible, in places to low levels.

How Wet?

Rain not expected

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little

Early banks of cloud will mostly thin and break up through the morning.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun, may break through widely western mountains. Areas of mist or haze may linger, but visibility may well become excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Up to 17C locally in west, but nearer 10C easternmost hills.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

Remaining warm and humid through the weekend, particularly in western regions, whilst eastern areas are cooler under North Sea air, which brings a risk of lingering fog banks. The Scottish Highlands stay extensively dry. Thundery rain mostly confined to Wales, although rain may expand back northwards into the Pennines by Sunday. Into next week, light winds and areas of slow-moving showers at first, then a gradual change is likely as windier conditions move in from the Atlantic, with belts of rain or showers.