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 Wednesday 20th November 2019
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 3:14pm

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How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly on many exposed areas 35mph with stronger gusts in places around Skye & west coast, but lower speeds in some areas, perhaps only 15-20mph Sutherland.

Effect of wind on you?

Blustery, strongest winds not necessarily on highest tops. Significant wind chill. Sudden gusts running downslope.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Little or no precipitation.

Risk of a little patchy rain grazing the west coast around Skye from dawn, sleet or snow flurries higher slopes. This soon likely to move away west out to sea. Otherwise, just very isolated if any snow flurries.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little

Other than a few patches of cloud across higher tops or ribbons of valley fog summits cloud free. Around any early precipitation on/near Skye, patches may cover hills for a few hours, then breaks forming.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Patches of weak sunshine - often through thin high level cloud Visibility excellent, or particularly higher tops superb (above an inversion).

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C, but perhaps 3C western areas, and on higher tops just above freezing point. In exposure to strongest wind, feeling close to -15C.

Freezing Level

800m east but above summits west. However, nearly all terrain frozen.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 21st November 2019

Areas of low pressure lying to the west & southwest of Britain will make gradual progress across the country later this week. A slow lift of temperature, although winter conditions will prevail across higher Scottish mountains through the weekend. Even next week in the Highlands, periods of thaw are expected to be short-lived. Occasional snowfalls. Least precipitation again in the far north/northwest. Tops in England & Wales more commonly above freezing point. Periods of rain or showers coming in from the south/southwest. Winds varied through weekend, but risk bouts of gales next week.

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