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 Saturday 16th February 2019
Forecast last updated on Friday 15th February 2019 at 2:53pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Drizzly rain across the W/NW Highlands in the morning will fizzle out, and cloud bases will tend to lift. Best breaks toward the Cairngorms. For England & Wales, low cloud mostly focused around Irish Sea coasts, but extensive in south Wales. Blustery winds, gales widely into evening.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Rain or drizzle fading during morning. Wind strengthening later.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southwesterly, 20 to 30mph, or at times less in Sutherland. May locally reach 35-40mph on/near Skye by later afternoon. Widely reaching gale force on hills after sunset and overnight.

Effect of wind on you?

Fairly blustery on many higher areas, with local gusty conditions around passes and cols. Noticeable wind chill in exposure on tops.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Early rain fading to drizzle, drier afternoon

Persistent rain from before dawn continuing into the early morning, mostly light, focused around Skye, Kintail and Torridon. May give sleet on very highest tops. Amounting to very little in Sutherland. Fading to leave just patches of drizzle by middle of day, then substantially dry for much of the afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive morning; bases lifting, some breaks afternoon

Cloud is likely to shroud hills on and near Skye much of the day, to low levels in morning, but tending to lift above 600m by afternoon, with some breaks forming. Cloud capping tops elsewhere in morning around rain, but increasingly clearing.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% around Skye, otherwise 30% rising to 60% afternoon.

Air clarity (below cloud)

Glimpses of sunshine, mostly across Sutherland. Visibility poor due to drizzly rain at first, improving, but a slight haze persists.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C. Where exposed to strongest wind, feeling closer to -8C.

Freezing Level

Typically above the summits, but close to freezing above 1100m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 17th February 2019

South to southwesterly winds continue through the weekend into next week, eventually becoming southeasterly. For 36-48 hours Monday-Tuesday, freezing levels will drop to 900m or briefly lower, with showers of snow or hail on the mountains, focused western Scotland. By midweek, temperatures will lift again, as high pressure rebuilds to the east of Britain. Dry conditions likely to prevail for several days. A thaw will resume, leaving very little snow in general on the mountains. Some low cloud, with inversion conditions some days. Often windy, gale force at times, and locally very gusty.

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