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The Northwest Highlands

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Viewing forecast for Thursday, 17th April, 2014

Forecast last reviewed on Thursday, 17/04/14 at 14:53


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Headline, The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales; snow showers.


How Windy?

West veering northwesterly, 40-50, gusts 70mph locally mooring. Will ease to 30mph early evening or lower west coastal summits.

Effect Of Wind?

Difficult walking conditions across the mountains; and severe wind chill.


How Wet?

Snow showers; rain lower slopes

Frequent snow at first, easing to snow showers, which through the afternoon will become very few and brief. Rain below 700, later 500m.


Cloud on the hills?

Extensive across the hills

Initially widespread cloud across the mountains. But by late cloud base 500 to 800m, with breaks to 1100m, mainly well inland. By early evening, most cloud above 900m, with breaks to higher summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% rising to 40% by late afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sunshine extending south. Widely foggy, particularly western mountains. Often very good visibility below cloud.


How Cold? (at 900m)

1 dropping toward -1C.

Freezing level

Between 800m and 1000m, lowest evening.


Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Saturday, 19th April, 2014

Wind speeds often low over the next 7 days, although windy on Monday and Tuesday (and locally England and Wales on Sunday). There will be substantial dry weather, although late on Sunday there is threat of bursts of rain reaching summits in England and Wales; these advancing into Scotland on Monday. Rain from time to time next week, sometimes thundery, but often dry, fairly warm, with sunniest, driest, and often warmest weather over the W & NW Highlands.


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