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The Northwest Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Wednesday, 11th December, 2013
Forecast last reviewed on Wednesday, 11/12/13 at 07:37
Summary for all mountain areas
Windy across the mountains; upland gales across the Scottish Highlands. Isolated drizzle western hills, but otherwise dry. Areas of low cloud, mainly western Scotland. Temperatures remaining above freezing point.
Headline, The Northwest Highlands
Widespread upland gales. Low cloud only southwest.
South to southwesterly, widely 50mph gusts 70mph.
Effect Of Wind?
Continued marked increase with height to make walking or in places any mobility very difficult where exposed on higher areas. Significant wind chill.
Little if any rain
Isolated pockets fine drizzly, mainly where in cloud coastal areas on and near Skye.
Cloud on the hills?
Extensive western hills south from the Torridon area
Cloud extensively shrouding western hills south of Ullapool, base 500 to 700m, but on Skye and mainland coastal hills patches as low as 300m. Elsewhere, cloud will largely fragment with summits extensively cloud free.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
10% western hills south of Torridon; 80% elsewhere
Sunshine and air clarity?
Sun rare western areas south of Torridon; extensive elsewhere. Widely foggy on western mountains south from Torridon; visibility good elsewhere although a haze below cloud.
How Cold? (at 900m)
Between 3 and 6C, lowest where in cloud.
Above the summits
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Thursday, 12th December, 2013
The present dry conditions will progressively give way from the northwest later this week, as fronts come in off the Atlantic. Remaining windy, particularly Scottish Highlands. From Saturday, lengthy upland gales, sometimes storm force, particularly across Scotland. Often wet, particularly western mountains. Freeze thaw cycles, mainly Scottish Highlands.