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
Thursday 13th August 2020
Last updated Wednesday 12th August 2020 at 3:13 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Most mountains dry with light winds. Very warm and humid. Beware of dehydration. However, mainly on Pennines, locally gusty winds and on N Pennines and N & E Borders fog may persist. Isolated thunder mainly western mountains, but storms widespread Wales.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Warm, high humidity & light wind. Fog clearing most summits.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northeast or northerly, 10 to locally 15mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly negligible

How Wet?

Rain not expected

Cloud on the hills?

Clearing all or nearly all higher summits - in some areas below lower cloud

Ribbons of fog from dawn many glens and lower slopes. Higher up, banks of cloud, typically between 600 (base) and 900 or 1000m (top) although western mountains south from Wester Ross extensively cloud free. More slopes will clear later morning, but even in afternoon patches still likely Sutherland south to Ben Wyvis.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70% - particularly in morning, areas of fog lower slopes.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Cloud breaking, particularly western mountains to give sunshine. Generally hazy, although perhaps excellent visibility northern mountains and higher slopes elsewhere.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Varied, as low as 8C where in cloud, but up to 14C near west coast in afternoon.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Friday 14th August 2020
Last updated Thursday 13th August 2020 at 2:26 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction varied; 10mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Negligible

How Wet?

Rain not expected

Cloud on the hills?

Very little by late morning

Ribbons of fog from valleys up after dawn, in some areas extensive, particularly Sutherland and toward Moray Firth. Nevertheless, some summits cloud free (in places above the fog). The cloud will all or nearly all clear by mid or late morning, but may leave patches on higher tops near the coast.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Banks of cloud will tend to break up to give sunshine. Far north may be most cloudy. Haze very likely lifting to give excellent or superb visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

10C, rising away from far north to 17C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Saturday 15th August 2020
Last updated Thursday 13th August 2020 at 2:26 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction varied; 10mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Negligible

How Wet?

Rain not expected

Cloud on the hills?

Summits extensively cloud free

Patches of cloud temporarily some higher slopes in morning, and also fog in and just above many glens for a few hours following dawn.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

90%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Extensive sunshine, although banks of cloud above some summits. Misty or foggy widely lower slopes at first. This clearing but some hills remaining hazy.

How Cold? (at 900m)

17C; small variation all day.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

Remaining warm and humid. However, thundery rain will become mostly confined to Wales, whilst the Scottish Highlands are extensively dry. Overall extensive sunshine, although banks of very low cloud, mainly more eastern mountains, including those in east Wales. A change to wetter and gradually less warm conditions across Britain is likely early next week.