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 7th June 2020
Last updated Saturday 6th June 2020 at 4:25 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Northerly winds continue, typically strongest North Pennines & Cheviots. Cool or cold; lowest temperatures in northern Scotland, where sub-zero above 800-1000m, and occasional snow flurries. Low cloud, rain & drizzle affects Pennine areas for several hours.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Cold. Snow showers or flurries. Wind easing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 25 to 35mph in morning, strongest from dawn for a few hours, will ease to 15 to 20mph by the afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Very blustery in the morning with significant wind chill. Conditions easing through the day.

How Wet?

Showers fizzling out.

Showery bursts for a few hours after dawn, snow across tops, but these tending to fizzle out to leave a largely dry afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, to lower slopes in morning; breaks inland.

Extensive cloud shrouding the hills through the day, down to lower slopes in the morning, before bases rise to 800-1000m in the afternoon. Local breaks around Torridon and inland toward Great Glen.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%, to 60% near Great Glen.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little or no sun, mostly breaking through south from Torridon and Kintail. Visibility good or very good, but poor in early showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 to 2C, coldest on far northern summits. Wind chill feeling close to -10C where exposed to strongest wind in north.

Freezing Level

900-1050m, lowest across far north, and dropping slightly further to 800m toward dusk and into night.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Monday 8th June 2020
Last updated Saturday 6th June 2020 at 4:25 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 15mph from dawn will become variable 5 to 10mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Becoming negligible.

How Wet?

Rain unlikely

Chance of an isolated light shower.

Cloud on the hills?

Banks of cloud higher slopes.

Banks of cloud will cover higher areas above 800-900m, fairly extensively across Sutherland. Some breaks into the afternoon, most widely in the south.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Often cloudy, some patches of sun. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0C lifting to 2 to 5C; highest in the south.

Freezing Level

800-900m from dawn, with frost in corries, also some inland glens. Lifting above all summits by afternoon.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Last updated Saturday 6th June 2020 at 4:25 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, strengthening from 5-10mph to 20-30mph by afternoon and evening, strongest near west coast.

Effect of the wind on you?

Ease of walking becoming impeded on higher western areas.

How Wet?

Risk of rain moving in

Dry for many hours, or much of day eastern areas. An increasing risk through afternoon of rain encroaching onto western mountains from the Atlantic, may become persistent around Skye later.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little until late

Fragments of cloud on some slopes from dawn, breaking up in morning. Most hills then staying clear, but later a risk of cloud lowering to shroud west coastal hills by evening and into night.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine giving way to building cloud layers, later overcast in west. Excellent visibility, may become hazier near coast later.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 to 5C, locally a degree or so higher in Sutherland by afternoon.

Freezing Level

Above the summits; slight ground frost some inland glens and corries at dawn.

Planning Outlook

Pressure builds across Britain to start the week, leaving just isolated showers. During Tuesday, a front moves into western Scotland - the legacy of this likely to bring a dull, damp day on Wednesday for some. Uncertainty later in the week: high pressure toward north/east, whilst areas of showers may move around slowly. Temperatures recovering gradually. Please be aware of currently different restrictions regarding Covid-19 across Scotland, England & Wales. Refer to local guidance or instructions from the National Parks and outdoor bodies, and please respect local communities in areas which are gradually reopening. See mwis.org.uk/blog for latest information and links.