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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
Sunday 5th July 2020
Last updated Saturday 4th July 2020 at 2:25 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Widely windy, upland gales on many summits southern Scotland southwards, and showery in the wake of an eastward moving low. For many the onset of rain will be sudden, with hail and thunder in places, although little or no rain mid Wales southwards.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Heavy showers. Risk thunder.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, between 15 and 25mph morning and then 15-20mph, strongest south of Torridon. However, sudden gusts to around 35mph likely from lower slopes up near rain.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small, although temporarily sudden buffeting near showers.

How Wet?

Heavy showers; risk lightning

Heavy showers with hail and sleet highest tops, sometimes the precipitation very frequent over an hour or two, particularly south of about Torridon. Risk thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Frequently covering higher slopes

Most higher summits will clear now and again, at least briefly. However, cloud often forming above 750m, although well inland mostly above 950m. Abruptly near precipitation, cloud forming much lower, occasionally below 450m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine occasionally. Very varied visibility: very poor in heavy rain, but between areas of showers, often superb.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Monday 6th July 2020
Last updated Saturday 4th July 2020 at 2:25 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 35, soon 25mph, backing westerly in afternoon and in Sutherland may in evening strengthen to 30-35mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly fairly small.

How Wet?

Showery

Showers, mainly morning, although threat turning drizzly evening, mainly Sutherland.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive morning; cloud base rising

Cloud, widely covering the hills from dawn, will rise through the morning, particularly well inland. By midday most cloud above 650m near the coast and 900m well inland. Threat of very low cloud spreading onto coastal hills and then inland, evening.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sunshine. Generally excellent visibility, particularly afternoon.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C

Freezing Level

Above the summits, although close to freezing point highest tops morning.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Tuesday 7th July 2020
Last updated Saturday 4th July 2020 at 2:25 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

West backing southerly extensively 10 or 15mph. Post dawn nearer 25mph, and perhaps again in evening.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small

How Wet?

Risk rain toward evening

Scattered brief showers morning. Threat afternoon and evening of rain spreading northwards, although likely to amount to very little, if any, north of Torridon.

Cloud on the hills?

Higher summits often free of cloud

Cloud base will vary, but by mid or late morning, cloud rare below 900m, and most higher summits intermittently clearing. Will begin to shroud higher areas, especially near Skye in rain later in day.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sunshine in and out before veil of high level cloud probably thickens from southwest. Excellent visibility until at least late in day.

How Cold? (at 900m)

5C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

Continued progression of areas of low pressure into Britain from off the Atlantic this week will result in further bouts of rain and fog, generally concentrated on western mountains. There will also be strong winds. Nevertheless, there remains considerable uncertainty in forecast track of the lows, making the day to day forecast detail difficult (from Tuesday onwards). There could be a marked improvement late in the week.