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.)

Friday's Forecast

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Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Friday 31st May 2024
Last updated Thu 30th May 24 at 4:00PM

Summary for all mountain areas

High pressure brings dry conditions for most regions, perhaps excluding parts of Snowdonia and coastal Northwest Highlands, where locally light, brief drizzle is possible. Besides those areas fine weather with broken cloud and sunshine and excellent visibility. Gusty morning on Pennines, Cheviots and parts of Cairngorms.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Partly cloudy coast, often sunny inland. Mostly dry.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to northwesterly 10 to 20mph. On the northern coast at times gusts 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small.

How Wet?

On the coast brief drizzly periods.

Drizzle or light rain at times on western/northern coastal mountains from Torridon to Ben Hope.

Cloud on the hills?

Coastal hills often covered, rest partly.

Thick cloud cover on the coastal mountains north of Skye at start, partly lifting around noon. Broken clouds on Cuillin. Inland only often patches of clouds in the morning, soon mostly lifting.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40% coast, 80% inland

Sunshine and air clarity?

Some sunshine inland, mostly cloudy on the coast. Poor or moderate visibility coast, good inland.

How Cold? (at 900m)

5 to 8C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Saturday 1st June 2024
Last updated Thu 30th May 24 at 4:00PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 10 to 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small.

How Wet?

Low chance light coastal drizzle

Unlikely, but possible light, brief drizzle on northwestern coastal hills north of Torridon.

Cloud on the hills?

Valley fog at dawn, clouds NW coast.

Lower slopes of northwestern coastal hills briefly covered throughout the day. Besides that mostly clear, only fog in the valleys early morning, clearing rapidly.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80% on coast, above 90% elsewhere

Sunshine and air clarity?

On the coast patchwork of sunshine and clouds, most cloudy north of Ullapool. Inland often clear skies. Slight haze, especially close to the sea.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4 to 9C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Sunday 2nd June 2024
Last updated Thu 30th May 24 at 4:00PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly or southwesterly 20 to 30mph, strengthening in the afternoon. North of Ullapool over 40mph on exposed tops.

Effect of the wind on you?

Blustery, on mountains north of Ullapool walking arduous in the afternoon. Less gusty, but affecting balance on Cuillin.

How Wet?

Rain NW coast and locally inland hills.

Odd spot of drizzle possible in the morning, afternoon persistent rain widely on the northwestern coast proximity. Mostly dry all day toward the Great Glen.

Cloud on the hills?

Hills mostly covered.

Dense cloud cover on the hills to the lowest level most of the day, highest tops possibly above clouds in the morning, most likely those well inland.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Some sunshine reaching mountains inland and higher tops possibly sticking out of the clouds in the morning Mostly poor visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

6 to 8C. Feeling close to freezing on higher tops in the wind.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

High strengthens during the weekend, which generally means good mountain weather, sometimes morning fog in valleys and often calm, sunny days. With northwesterly winds cloudier and especially on Sunday wet on western coastal Highlands. During the first week of June, northwesterly winds are likely to prevail, but frontal system coming from the north on Tuesday will bring cooling and intense showers to Scotland and northern England. Highest Munros may even see some fresh snow.