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The Northwest Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Saturday, 8th March, 2014
Forecast last reviewed on Saturday, 08/03/14 at 07:28
Summary for all mountain areas
Widespread upland gales, or on the Scottish Highlands, storm force - where there will be heavy rain in the west and as snowmelt accelerates, it will be very wet underfoot. Extensive low cloud will progressively lift northwards across the mountains of Wales and N England.
Headline, The Northwest Highlands
Storm to hurricane force upland winds. Rain and low cloud.
Southerly, in the range 60 to 80mph, gusts to 100mph.
Effect Of Wind?
Considerable buffeting from many lower slopes upwards; across the mountains, where exposed, any mobility tortuous. Severe wind chill.
Snow turning to rain, then easing
Constant rain most or all morning, heaviest western mountains south of Ullapool; initially snow to 400-600m. In afternoon, easing to pockets of rain near all south of Ullapool. Increasingly rapid snow melt making it very wet underfoot; streams rising rapidly.
Cloud on the hills?
Extensive across higher areas; to low levels west
Widely covering higher mountains all day. However, on western mountains south of Ullapool and possibly coastal hills further north, cloud base widely below 400m.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Almost nil western mountains south of Ullapool to 30% elsewhere
Sunshine and air clarity?
Sunshine unlikely. Widely foggy western mountains, particularly south of Ullapool. Otherwise, hazy.
How Cold? (at 900m)
-2C, by midday typically 2C and later 4 or 5C.
500-700m at first; above all summits by or soon after midday.
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Sunday, 9th March, 2014
On Sunday, drizzly rain and low cloud across S Scotland and mountains near the Irish Sea; fine and warm elsewhere in England and Wales, colder northern Scotland. From Monday to Friday, intermittently cloudy and rarely wet far north of Scotland, but otherwise fine with frequently little wind and for many areas extensive sunshine. Indications are of strong winds and some rain or on higher areas snow, spreading southwards next weekend.