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 6th February 2016
Forecast last updated on Friday 5th February 2016 at 1:36pm
Summary for all mountain areas
A complex situation, as fronts advance north & east. Northern Scotland likely dry much of daylight. Gales on western Scottish mountains. Snow advances north into the Highlands. Rain becomes frequent S.Uplands southwards. Upland gales southern Pennines & Snowdonia.
Headline for The Northwest Highlands
Upland gales, strongest west. Substantially dry all day.
How windy? (On the Munros)
South to southeasterly, 35 increasing 45mph, strongest western mountains, particularly Skye, where by midday often 50 gusts 60mph.
Effect of wind on you?
Difficult walking conditions, and on western coastal hills, any mobility arduous on higher areas. Severe wind chill.
Mainly dry, a few showers west
A few snow showers near west coast, but many inland & northern regions dry, most likely all day. After dark, snow (rain lower slopes) will set in from south.
Cloud on the hills?
Mostly very little, patches west
Many tops may be free of cloud much of the day, particularly northern areas. However, where precipitation develops in west, patches of cloud may form to increasingly low levels.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
80% Sutherland & north-west; 60% on & near Skye.
Sunshine and air clarity?
Hazy early sun will give way to thickening cloud. Visibility excellent, but risk fog may develop some western tops.
How Cold? (at 900m)
-3C, rising slightly into the evening; but where directly exposed to wind, will feel like -17C, locally lower.
500m, rising slowly through day, by dusk briefly toward 800m; frost many inland glens in morning.
All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 7th February 2016
Unsettled and generally chilly on the mountains over the next 10 days, perhaps increasingly cold later next week. Freezing levels will often be around 750m even as far south as Wales - or lower on the Scottish Highlands, perhaps dropping more widely into midweek. Snowfall is likely to be considerable and may well consolidate as far south as higher areas of south Wales. Periods of upland gales, but occasional marked lulls in the strong winds.