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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
Monday 2nd August 2021
Last updated Sun 1st Aug 21 at 4:10PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Dry and bright for most places. Quite cool, but light winds. A fair amount of cloud in the sky, although most summits often clear. Patches on some higher slopes in morning. One or two showers for the Pennines and Wales, locally a heavy burst in S & E Wales.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Generally dry, many tops clear. Light winds.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to northwest 10 to 15mph northernmost summits, but variable and often less elsewhere.

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 in the morning and again toward evening around Skye.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80%

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.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Tuesday 3rd August 2021
Last updated Sun 1st Aug 21 at 4:10PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southwesterly 10 to 15mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small

How Wet?

Damp for periods in west

Patches of light rain or drizzle likely to come and go around the west coast and on Skye. Inland and toward east often dry, chance of an isolated shower forming.

Cloud on the hills?

Lowest cloud around Skye

Cloud shrouding Skye and the mainland up to about Torridon at times below 500-600m and may persist on higher slopes much of day. Inland and north from Ullapool, most cloud above 700-800m with breaks to higher summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% west, to 60% inland/north.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy skies, glimpses of sun mainly Sutherland. Visibility very good away from cloud, but may be often dull on/near Skye, murky at times.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7 to 9C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Wednesday 4th August 2021
Last updated Sun 1st Aug 21 at 4:10PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly 15 to 25mph, at times 30mph on Skye and summits nearest west coast.

Effect of the wind on you?

Expect buffeting on higher ridges and summits around the west coast.

How Wet?

Rain on and off

Pulses of rain drifting northeastwards, may become patchy in nature, but the odd heavy burst possible. Likely most persistent on and near Skye.

Cloud on the hills?

Risk persistent very low cloud Skye

Lowest and most persistent cloud focused on Skye and hills nearest west coast up to Wester Ross, may often blanket hills to low levels. Further inland, mostly above 700-800m. Breaks best toward far north and Ben Wyvis.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% Skye & nearby, 60% north/east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

West coast around Skye may stay murky. Generally cloudy, glimpses of sun toward north, where visibility mostly good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7 to 10C, highest eastern hills by afternoon.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

A relatively quiet start to the week, but expect local showers or patchy rain. Lowering pressure Wednesday into Thursday then leads to an unsettled end to the week. Widespread rain and heavy showers, some thundery downpours. The most sustained rain likely focused on England & Wales. Windier too, the strongest winds expected across southern Britain, where gales are possible at times Thursday-Friday. A little warmer through midweek, but no imminent return to hot weather. Likely staying generally unsettled through the weekend as low pressure continues to influence Britain.