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 Monday 20th October 2014

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Forecast last updated on Monday 20th October 2014 at 7:11am

Summary for all mountain areas

Windy; upland gales Scottish Highlands. Showery, but the showers will merge into almost constant rain W & NW Highlands. Further deterioration toward/after dusk with widespread heavy rain and at least temporarily storm force upland winds.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Deteriorating: Upland gales and increasingly wet afternoon.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, in the range 30-35mph morning. In afternoon 40 to by dusk 50mph. Storm force winds overnight.

Effect of wind on you?

Widespread buffeting across higher areas; and walking increasingly difficult afternoon; significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain intermittently

Showers, sometimes fairly brief, but the rain frequent by afternoon, and may set in for an hour or two. Snow above 1050m at first, but later sleet possible only highest summits. Heavy rain after dark.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher tops; base rising

Extensively shrouding mountains most of day, typically base above 500m west coast and 700m well inland. Base will lift intermittently with periods when most cloud is above 750m west and 1000m well inland, where breaks to higher tops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sunshine; mainly well inland in morning. Widely foggy high areas after dawn; below cloud very good visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 rising to 5C

Freezing Level

1200m morning; gradually lifting above the summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 21st October 2014

Frequently windy throughout the week, particularly Highland Scotland, and very wet W & NW Highlands. On Tuesday, temporarily bitterly cold severe gale force northwesterly winds; widely frequent rain, snow, hail and also thunder. Turning milder on Wednesday, but rain setting gradually in, mainly western Scotland. Later in the week, colder conditions, with snow on higher tops will spread across Scotland. Areas of rain over England and Wales will eventually clear on Friday, and colder conditions may well extend south to all mountain areas.

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