Mountain weather

Northwest Highlands

Northwest Highlands Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High confidence for overall theme and for mostly dry conditions on the weekend. However some uncertainty on extent of showers during Friday daytime.

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Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

Hazards apply at or above 300m, reflecting the more severe conditions which can occur at altitude.

hazard Poor Visibility
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.
hazard Strong Sunlight
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.

Mountain weather forecast

Mainly cloudy with a few showers. Rain becomes persistent later.

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather
(at 800m)
Cloudy Light shower (day) Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Light rain
Chance of precipitation
(at 800m)
20% 40% 20% 20% 50% 70%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1000m S
37
S
35
S
30
SW
29
S
26
SW
20
900m S
35
S
33
S
29
SW
27
S
25
SW
19
600m S
27
S
27
S
24
SW
21
S
18
SW
15
300m SW
5
S
6
S
10
SW
8
S
8
SW
6
Glen SW
10
S
11
S
13
S
13
S
12
SW
8
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1000m 44 44 40 38 34 26
900m 42 42 39 36 33 25
600m 33 35 34 30 26 22
300m 29 28 31 28 25 20
Glen 23 23 26 26 23 17

Altitude above mean sea level
06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1000m
900m
10°
10°
600m
10°
11°
13°
12°
10°
300m
12°
14°
16°
14°
12°
11°
Glen
14°
17°
18°
16°
14°
13°
Freezing Level
2,100m
1,800m
2,100m
2,700m
2,400m
2,000m

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

Additional weather information

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Strong summit winds bringing fairly arduous walking on exposed terrain.

Weather

A largely cloudy day with a few light showers, before rain turns more persistent from the west later this afternoon and evening.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

40%, briefly increasing during the morning. Then decreasing late afternoon and evening to 20%.

Low cloud and visibility

Cloud bases 600-800m to start will lift and break up around summit level during the middle part of the day. Visibility will be generally good or moderate below cloud bases, perhaps briefly dropping in showers. Thicker cloud and rain will move in from the west later in the afternoon and evening, with visibility becoming poor at times in persistent rain and drizzle.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Dry with sunny sunshine for most of the day. However turning cloudy from the west through the afternoon with light drizzle by the evening. Summit winds strengthen strong to gale force through the afternoon.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

50% rising to 90% in the morning. Falling to 20% during the afternoon.

Maximum wind speed expected

45-55mph in afternoon and evening.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 6 Celsius rising Plus 11 Celsius.
  • Glen Plus 12 Celsius rising Plus 18 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above summits

Low cloud and visibility

Good visibility with patchy summit cloud soon clearing in the morning. Cloud bases becoming extensive and lowering through the late afternoon and evening. Moderate visibility in light drizzle by the evening.

Mountain weather information

Sun 23 Jun

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Dry with lengthy periods of sunshine. Moderate summit winds

Mon 24 Jun

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Mainly dry with sunny intervals, risk of patchy rain in west. Fresh summit winds.

Tue 25 Jun

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Patchy cloud and the odd shower. Moderate summit winds.

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Summit specific forecast

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