This website uses cookies. Read about how we use cookies.

Close window

Northwest Highlands - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Northwest Highlands over the next 5 days

Confidence

Medium confidence on rain details for the next days.

  • This evening
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Further outlook

Saturday 21 July 2018

Sunset: 22:00
Moon phase: First quarter

A mostly cloudy evening with outbreaks of rain.

Sunday 22 July 2018

Weather hazards

Poor visibility High likelihood Hide detail

Poor visibility presents challenging route finding conditions. Visibility could be significantly less than 50 metres in all directions with few or no visual references, especially on featureless moors or plateaux. Distances become hard to judge and cliff or cornice edges can be difficult to recognise. These conditions require good navigational skills. There is a risk of white-out conditions when mist or fog is combined with extensive snow cover.

Learn more about poor visibility

Headline

A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, this occasionally heavy.

Weather

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Light rain Light rain Light rain Light rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain
Chance of precipitation at 800m 60% 60% 60% 60% 80% 80% 80% 60%

Wind speed and direction

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m SW 26 33 SW 30 38 SW 33 41 SW 31 38 SW 26 33 SW 24 32 SW 18 24 SW 16 22
900m SW 25 32 SW 27 34 SW 29 37 SW 28 36 SW 23 30 SW 23 30 SW 17 24 SW 15 21
600m SW 21 28 SW 21 28 SW 21 29 SW 20 27 SW 19 26 SW 18 26 SW 14 21 SW 12 18
300m SW 6 23 SW 5 22 SW 4 23 SW 5 23 SW 4 17 SW 5 21 SW 5 18 SW 3 15
Glen S 9 21 S 8 20 S 6 15 SW 4 12 SW 6 15 W 5 14 SW 6 14 SW 4 12

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 °
900m 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 °
600m 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 °
300m 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 °
Glen 14 ° 14 ° 15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 16 ° 15 ° 14 °

Feels like temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m 5 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 °
900m 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 °
600m 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 °
300m 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 °
Glen 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 15 ° 15 ° 16 ° 15 ° 14 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 3,400 m 3,400 m 3,400 m 3,400 m 3,500 m 3,500 m 3,200 m 2,300 m
Sunrise: 04:57
Sunset: 21:58
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Cloudy overnight with rain spreading east, this becoming more persistent and heavy at times especially across Skye and western ranges. Some drier and brighter spells possible in far east. Becoming drier later in the evening from the northwest.

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

20% with persistent cloud above 400m with occasional patches down to 200m across western ranges.

Visibility

Mostly moderate but occasionally poor in any heavier outbreak of rain.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Temperatures may rise up to 20C in glens around Ben Wyvis.

Monday 23 July 2018

Sunrise: 04:59
Sunset: 21:56
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Drier conditions spreading from the northwest overnight with a mostly dry and bright day to follow with some sunny spells in the afternoon especially in east.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwest wind 15mph.

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

20% overnight, becoming 90% through the morning.

Temperature

  • At 800m Around Plus 8 Celsius.
  • Glen Plus 14 Celsius in the morning, rising to 21 Celsius in the afternoon.
  • Freezing level Above summits.

Visibility

Moderate or poor in rain/drizzle overnight, becoming good or very good in the morning.

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Sunrise: 05:01
Sunset: 21:55
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

A mostly dry and bright day with a few afternoon showers. Moderate to fresh southwest winds.

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Sunrise: 05:03
Sunset: 21:53
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Another dry and bright day with the odd afternoon shower. Cloudier in the evening. Moderate southwest winds.

Thursday 26 July 2018

Sunrise: 05:05
Sunset: 21:51
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Rather cloudy but dry in the morning, but some light rain is possible later. Freshening southerly winds.

Issued at:
Close window

Separated from the Grampians by the Great Glen the region includes Sutherland, Ben Wyvis, Wester Ross, The Cuillin, Glen Affric, Glen Shiel and Knoydart.

The Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye are among the steepest mountains in the UK and include 15 peaks above 3,000 feet (900 metres). There are two main ridges; the magnificent Black Cuillins and the Red Cuillins around Loch Coruisk to the south.

Torridon has some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Scotland which includes Beinn Eighe, a long ridge with many spurs and summits, two of which are classified as Munros. Beinne Eighe also includes Britain's first ever national nature reserve where you may spot golden eagles, buzzards, pine martins and wild cats on your travels.

For snow and avalanche hazard forecasts please visit Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service

Follow us on

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, or LinkedIn Facebook Follow @metoffice on Twitter YouTube Instagram Snapchat LinkedIn