The Northwest Highlands Forecast

Areas north from Knoydart in the west, and the Great Glen towards the east (NB. Does not include Mull and areas west of Loch Linnhe, these are found in the West Highlands forecast.)

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 15th December 2017
Forecast last updated on Friday 15th December 2017 at 7:12am

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Summary for all mountain areas

Mountain terrain frozen. The remnants of a front will bring a little snow and low cloud southwards across England and Wales. Elsewhere, substantially fine with cloud lifting off most summits, although in N & NE Scotland snow and low cloud widespread.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Terrain nearly all frozen. Snow showers. Windy.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly, 25 to 30mph generally strongest away from west coastal summits.

Effect of wind on you?

Will impede ease of walking on many higher areas.

How Wet?

Frequent snow showers

Snow and hail showers, frequent Sutherland and coastal mountains. Fewest showers toward the Great Glen.

Cloud on the hills?

Frequently covering higher areas

Changing quickly: Often extensive above 700-900m, but shafts of cloud below 600m in showers. However, breaks to higher tops, often fleeting near the coast, but frequent inland south of Kintail and east toward the Great Glen.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% coastal areas and Sutherland to 80% southernmost summits

Sunshine and air clarity?

Brief bursts of sunshine, although sun more widely south of Torridon. Visibility appalling in cloud and snow, but otherwise the air very clear.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Nearly all terrain frozen, except north facing coastal slopes, where freezing level 450m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 16th December 2017

Snow melt will be substantial from Sunday, although from Wednesday there will be a series of freeze thaw cycles on the Scottish Highlands. Rain (occasionally snow higher summits) intermittently W & NW Scotland, but elsewhere total rainfall small. Most forecasts indicate frequent stormy, often wet conditions from Christmas as a series of deep Atlantic lows come in. Intermittently snow will fall, particularly Scottish Highlands. However, a small minority of indicators suggest much colder, drier conditions eventually returning.

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