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The Northwest Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Saturday, 5th January, 2013
Forecast last reviewed on Monday, 10/03/14 at 12:58
Headline, The Northwest Highlands
Upland gales easing. Extensive low cloud west.
South or southwesterly, will increase markedly with height to typically 45mph; gusts up to 65mph, on higher summits, ridges & through some higher cols. Speeds will drop marginally in the afternoon.
Effect Of Wind?
Walking will continue difficult where exposed across the hills. In places ferocious gusts likely to fairly low level. Significant wind chill.
Pockets drizzle western hills
Substantially dry; but on western, perhaps only coastal hills south from the Torridon area, pockets of light drizzle. Widespread rain will spread inland an hour or two before dusk.
Cloud on the hills?
Very low west; breaking east
Very low cloud will shroud western hills south from the Torridon area all day; base often 300m or lower. But elsewhere, the low cloud will widely break, or perhaps substantially clear altogether.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
10% western hills south of Ullapool to 60% elsewhere
Sunshine and air clarity?
Intermittent sunshine Sutherland and east of Achnasheen and Loch Cluanie, but dull western hills south from near Torridon. Hazy, and fog to a very low level western hills, but on many higher areas, visibility excellent.
How Cold? (at 900m)
4 to locally 8C, lowest coastal hills. Will feel as cold as minus 10C directly in the wind.
Above the summits.
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Wednesday, 12th March, 2014
Fine, very warm for March and widely sunny mid-week. However, the NW Highlands will become cloudy with a little rain, and across the Highlands by Friday there will be rain and low cloud, mainly in the west. Pressure will fall slowly over the weekend as the high centre moves away south; but still substantially dry, although intermittent upland gales across Highland Scotland. Snowmelt, mostly during daylight, will continue until the weekend. This may cease on higher Scottish areas on Sunday.