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The Northwest Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Friday, 4th January, 2013
Forecast last reviewed on Sunday, 19/05/13 at 19:28
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 Tuesday, 21st May, 2013
Turning appreciably colder particularly across the Highlands with freezing levels as low as 700m by Thursday and some snow showers. Wind chill will be severe in gale force northerly winds. Further south not quite as cold with only a few showers in the east, bright sunshine and widely excellent visibilities. Turning cloudier and less cold from the northwest by the weekend with freezing levels near highest summits. Also patches of rain or showers most days.