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The Northwest Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Friday, 4th January, 2013
Forecast last reviewed on Saturday, 08/03/14 at 12:08
Headline, The Northwest Highlands
Upland gales; blanket low cloud west, breaking east.
Westerly, will increase very quickly with height to 45 to 55mph on higher summits, ridges & through some higher cols.
Effect Of Wind?
Walking will continue very difficult where exposed on higher areas; particularly near major ridges and through some cols. In places sudden ferocious gusts blowing downslope to low level. Significant wind chill.
Pockets drizzle western hills
Extensively dry away from western hills, but mainly on west coastal hills pockets of light drizzle. Very wet underfoot; some streams still in spate due to snowmelt.
Cloud on the hills?
Persistent west; breaking east
Low cloud will shroud western hills all day; base below 300 to 500m (lowest coastal hills). Well inland, the base mostly above 600m, and east of Achnasheen and Loch Cluanie may intermittently break up altogether.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Less than 10% west to 50% east
Sunshine and air clarity?
Patches of sunshine, mainly lower areas east of Achnasheen and Loch Cluanie. Visibility very good well inland, but a haze toward the west and extensively foggy on the hills, to low level west.
How Cold? (at 900m)
5 to 7C, lowest west. Will feel as cold as minus 8 Celsius directly in the wind.
Above the summits.
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Monday, 10th March, 2014
High pressure will dominate the weather until next weekend, bringing fine weather with light winds to most mountain areas. Progressively windier and cloudier across N Scotland and rarely a little rain. Slow melting of the snow across the Scottish Highlands. Upland gales across Scottish Highlands next weekend, and fronts will bring some rain southwards, although amounts small away from western Scotland.