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Northwest Highlands

Confidence

High for the changeable weather pattern to continue over the next few days.

  • This evening
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Further outlook

Saturday 18 August 2018

Sunrise: 05:52   Sunset: 20:58
Moon phase: First quarter

Dry and rather cloudy. Winds becoming lighter on the tops.

Sunday 19 August 2018

Weather hazards

Strong sunlight High likelihood Hide detail

Harmful UV levels from sunlight increase with altitude giving a greater risk of sunburn and eye damage, even on some overcast days. On breezy days, the cooling effect of wind on exposed skin may disguise any feeling of sunburn until it is too late. If there is snow cover, glare increases the effect of UV rays especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block, protective clothing such as a long-sleeved top and hat and have good quality eye protection.

Headline

Cloudy start. Any rain in south at first quickly clearing, then dry, becoming brighter with sunny spells developing. Much lighter winds on the tops.

Weather at 800m

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
10% 20% 20% 10% 10% <05% <05% <05%
Chance of precipitation
1,900 1,900 1,900 1,900 1,800 1,800 1,700 1,700
Freezing level (m)
The level above which snow is expected to settle or the ground is expected to be frozen

Wind speed and direction (mph) By altitude above mean sea level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1000m SW 11 14 NE 5 7 E 8 10 NE 9 12 N 6 11 N 7 14 NW 8 12 NW 7 9
900m SW 11 14 NE 5 7 E 8 11 NE 10 13 N 6 11 N 7 14 NW 8 12 NW 7 10
600m SW 8 10 SE 3 5 NE 6 9 NE 7 11 N 6 11 N 6 13 NW 7 11 NW 4 7
300m SW 2 8 NE 2 5 NE 4 7 NE 5 9 N 4 10 NW 6 14 NW 5 12 NW 3 7
Glen E 1 4 NE 2 4 NE 3 6 N 2 6 NW 3 9 N 6 14 N 5 11 NW 4 8

Temperature (°C) By altitude above mean sea level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1000m 5 5 5 6 8 8 7 6
900m 6 6 6 7 8 9 8 7
600m 8 8 8 9 11 11 10 9
300m 10 10 10 12 14 15 13 11
Glen 12 12 12 14 16 17 15 12

Feels like temperature (°C) By altitude above mean sea level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1000m 2 3 3 3 6 6 5 4
900m 3 4 3 4 7 7 6 5
600m 6 7 7 7 10 10 9 8
300m 10 9 9 11 14 14 12 10
Glen 12 12 11 14 16 16 15 12
Sunrise: 05:54   Sunset: 20:55
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Most ranges staying dry overnight. Thickening cloud may bring a little rain to south of area later. This rain will soon clear away on Sunday morning to leave a dry and bright day across the Northwest Highlands with sunny spells developing. Staying dry with clear periods during the evening.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

60% at first improving to 90% in the afternoon. Occasional cloud cover during the morning around 700 to 800m breaking and lifting above most of the tops in the afternoon.

Visibility

A few patches of poor visibility in south at first. Very good visibility further north soon extending to all areas.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Much lighter winds across the summits compared with Saturday. Also high U/V levels and increasing sunshine in afternoon producing sunburn risk.

Monday 20 August 2018

Sunrise: 05:57   Sunset: 20:53
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

A mainly dry and rather cloudy day. There will be a little sunshine, especially in east of area towards Ben Wyvis. Some thicker cloud over Skye and the west Highlands will produce patchy light rain.

Maximum wind speed expected

Winds staying mostly light across the tops, mainly from a westerly direction with average speeds of only about 15mph.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

30% in west with the extensive cloud cover around 600 to 700m. 60% in east where clouds will be a little more more broken with higher cloud bases.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 8 Celsius.
  • Glen 8 Celsius at dawn rising to 17 Celsius by early afternoon.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Visibility

Generally good in east. Rather hazy in west with patches of poor visibility in association with light rain.

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Sunrise: 05:59   Sunset: 20:50
Moon phase: First quarter

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times and accompanied by extensive hill fog. Strong to gale force west or southwest winds on the tops.

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Sunrise: 06:01   Sunset: 20:48
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

A drier and brighter day with some sunshine and a few showers. Strong westerly winds easing a little across the summits.

Thursday 23 August 2018

Sunrise: 06:03   Sunset: 20:45
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Rather cloudy with scattered showers. Showers will become frequent and heavy at times, especially in west. Strengthening northwesterly winds on the tops and air turning colder with a noticeable chill effect.

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