Mountain weather

Northwest Highlands

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Northwest Highlands Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for unsettled weather for the next few days, but low for extent of showery weather on a daily basis.

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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 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.

hazard Thunderstorms
Lightning is a significant mountain hazard which can result in serious injury or death. Mountain terrain often leaves one highly exposed to lightning strikes. Hail may give unpleasant conditions with torrential rain and localised flash flooding also possible, mainly in Summer months.

Mountain weather forecast

Low cloud in the west in the morning, widespread showers by afternoon

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Additional weather information

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

A warm day expected, risk of sunburn and dehydration on long walks

Weather

Mostly dry in the morning with some clear or sunny periods across the east. Rather cloudy across the west of the area with some low cloud and a few showers. The afternoon will see widespread showers developing, occasionally heavy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Showers lingering into the evening and may merge into some longer spells of rain.

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

90%

Visibility

Generally very good with good air clarity outside of showers. Some patchy cloud above 900 metres at times through the day. Low cloud down to 500 metres expected in the morning from An Teallach down to western Lochaber and Skye, this should clear by the end of the morning.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

A rather cloudy day with scattered showers, occasionally heavy. Showers may merge into some longer spells of rain at times. Low confidence for extent of showers.

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

80%

Maximum wind speed expected

Southeasterly 15 mph

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 10 Celsius
  • Glen Plus 11 rising to 18 Celsius
  • Freezing level Above summits

Visibility

Generally good, but poor in low cloud down to 750 metres across the far south at times through the day. Best chance of cloud free summits in the north.

Mountain weather information

Friday 6 August

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Cloudy with scattered heavy showers, perhaps some prolonged rain for a time. Chance of a thunderstorm.

Saturday 7 August

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Little change, remaining unsettled with scattered heavy showers.

Sunday 8 August

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Unsettled conditions expected to continue into Sunday with a chance of further showers.

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