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 23rd December 2014

Forecast last updated on Monday 22nd December 2014 at 1:29pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Highland Scotland will be windy with snow showers, mainly NW Highlands. Extensive severe or storm force upland gales and heavy rainfall further south, the most severe conditions across Cumbria.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Windy; snow showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly; in the range 35 to 40mph; generally strongest north from Assynt.

Effect of wind on you?

Buffeting widespread on higher areas, particularly Sutherland. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow and hail showers

Snow and hail showers; mostly rain below 500m.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly confined to higher tops

Continually varying base: shafts of cloud below 600m near showers, but most cloud above 850m, with breaks above 1050m, most widely afternoon east of Achnasheen to Loch Cluanie.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sunshine, most widely well inland. The air very clear, but suddenly appalling visibility in cloud and snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C, but will feel as cold as minus 14 Celsius directly in the wind.

Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 24th December 2014

Upland gales and snow showers Christmas Eve, although few showers eastern mountains. A transient high will bring extensive fine weather Christmas Day although some areas will have showers. It will deteriorate across Scotland Boxing Day as upland gales develop and snow (turning to rain) spreads off the Atlantic. Over the weekend, winds will turn northwesterly and freezing level will progressively drop to very low levels by late Sunday. Snow showers some areas. Substantially dry and cold early next week and winds intermittently light.

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