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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.)

Today's Forecast

Light wind, negligible impact
Sunshine and showers
Mild

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Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Monday 22nd July 2024
Last updated Sun 21st Jul 24 at 4:30PM

Summary for all mountain areas

A lot of cloud, often covering western hills. Patchy rain and drizzle for southern Scotland, northern England and Wales, amounts mostly small. Drier toward the north of the Highlands. Showers forming in the afternoon, locally heavy in the east. Light winds for Scotland, a fresher breeze for England and Wales.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Little wind. Risk local showers inland afternoon.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Variable, 10 to 15mph or less; may increase a little near Skye later in day.

Effect of the wind on you?

Negligible.

How Wet?

Dry morning, local showers afternoon

Extensively dry morning, localised showers forming into the afternoon, greatest risk inland and toward eastern hills later in the afternoon and early evening, an odd heavy burst. Near west coast more likely dry.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly clear

After patchy mist on some slopes in the morning, most clouds breaking, clearing the hills. Some west coastal hills may see clouds coming and going. Patches elsewhere where showers form.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sun best in morning, some high cloud, then further cloud bubbling up inland; sunnier near west coast later. Very good visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7 to 10C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Tuesday 23rd July 2024
Last updated Sun 21st Jul 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

North to northwesterly, 10 to 15mph early morning, but mostly lower speeds. May increase SW'ly near Skye into night.

Effect of the wind on you?

Negligible

How Wet?

Rain unlikely

Small chance of an isolated light shower, mainly eastern hills in afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Lifting and clearing

Varied banks of cloud in the morning, some on mid-slopes for a time, becoming confined to high tops, then dispersing or mostly lifting above the summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40% rising to 70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of sunshine, becoming increasingly sunny near the west coast. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

6C rising to 9 to 11C, warmest toward Great Glen in afternoon.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Wednesday 24th July 2024
Last updated Sun 21st Jul 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly, increasing during the day, 20 to 35mph, gusts later 45mph on and near Skye.

Effect of the wind on you?

Increasingly blustery, starting to impede comfortable walking on exposed western ridges, later frequent buffeting.

How Wet?

Dry most of day

Spots of rain developing later from high cloud thickening in west. By evening into night, some steadier rain arriving, mainly western areas.

Cloud on the hills?

Little if any

By late in day, possible cloud banks starting to roll onto coastal tops near Skye.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

90%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Thin high cloud tending to thicken to make sun weaker with time. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

8C rising to 11C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

A ridge of high pressure produces a better day on Tuesday. Midweek onward, southwesterly winds will bring further rain from time to time, lowest cloud over western mountains. Temperatures near or a little lower than normal on the hills. Pressure tending to build from the south toward next weekend bringing drier and warmer conditions more widely. Southwest breezes toward northwest Scotland may continue to bring frequent cloud and a little rain at times here.