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 Tuesday 9th February 2016
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 2:00pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Broadly showery and windy. The remains of a front will bring temporarily frequent precipitation, but to the north of this (most of highland Scotland), there will be a lull in the weather - light wind and only rare showers.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Wind strengthening; intermittent snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwest veering northerly. Will strengthen typically from 25 toward 40mph north of about Torridon. Further south, speeds may not exceed 25mph until into the afternoon, but may reach 30mph by dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Fairly small at first and from north, will increasingly affect ease of walking. Considerable wind chill.

How Wet?

Intermittent snow

A mix of snow and hail showers and over 2 to 4 hours a band of frequent or almost constant precipitation is likely to move southwards - the most precipitation occurring coastal areas and across Sutherland.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive across higher areas

Cloud base will drop below 500m near precipitation, but only rarely so toward Great Glen. Cloud frequently persistent above 600 to 800m lowest coastal hills.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Brief glimpses of sunshine with excellent visibilities away from showers. But expect appalling visibility where in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Up to 700m coastal areas and 600m inland - will tend to lower from north afternoon.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 10th February 2016

Mountain terrain will be largely frozen until about next Tuesday (16th) - resulting in consolidation of present snow. Further snow will fall from time to time, mostly as clusters of showers in coastal areas, but overall frequently dry - and there will be areas of bright sunshine. Upland winds will occasionally reach gale force, but generally speeds will be considerably lower that recently.

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