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The Northwest Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Thursday, 3rd January, 2013
Forecast last reviewed on Tuesday, 11/03/14 at 14:23
Headline, The Northwest Highlands
Temporary lull developing in upland gales. Extensive low cloud.
Westerly, will increase quickly with height to around 40 to 50mph gusts locally 65mph on higher summits and ridges in morning. Temporarily a slight lull middle of the day early afternoon.
Effect Of Wind?
Walking difficult where exposed on higher areas; particularly near major ridges and through some cols. Significant wind chill.
Pockets drizzle western hills
Many areas dry, but patches of drizzle western, mainly or only coastal slopes. More constant rain likely, especially western mountains south of Ullapool by dusk. Widely saturated underfoot on higher areas; streams in spate due to snowmelt.
Cloud on the hills?
Persistent west; breaking east
Low cloud will shroud western hills most or all day, base 500m; perhaps later below 300m, although may break up for a while in morning. Well inland, clod base mostly above 600m, and east of Achnasheen and Loch Cluanie may occasionally clear altogether.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
30% morning, dropping to 10% afternoon
Sunshine and air clarity?
Pockets of sunshine in morning, Sutherland and lower areas east of Achnasheen and Loch Cluanie. Visibility very good well inland and Sutherland, but a haze toward the west and extensively foggy on most hills.
How Cold? (at 900m)
Above the summits.
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Thursday, 13th March, 2014
Mountains in England and Wales substantially dry over the coming week to 10 days, but frequently windy, particularly over the weekend. Least wind Wales, particularly southern mountains. Scotland will have frequent upland gales, intermittent rain, although amounts small eastern mountains, and on the Munros there will be a series of freeze-thaw cycles.