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 2nd February 2015
Forecast last updated on Sunday 1st February 2015 at 2:11pm

Tomorrow | Tuesday | Wednesday

How windy? (On the Munros)

North backing slowly westerly, 15 to 25mph throughout daylight hours, locally 30mph toward east. Overnight into Tuesday, risk increasing significantly, northerly 50-60mph for a few hours.

Effect of wind on you?

Mostly small, but significant wind chill where exposed. Overnight conditions may become extreme.

How Wet?

Snow showers; small risk lightning

Snow and hail showers; most frequent coastal mountains; fewest near Great Glen. Brief periods of whiteout and risk thunder near coast. Risk from north of deterioration to constant snow after dark.

Cloud on the hills?

Often covering higher areas

Cloud base variable: will range from lowest and most extensive on coastal hills, where often at or below 900m, but occasional breaks to 1050m. Toward Great Glen, cloud rarely below 800m and often 1050m or above.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% coastal hills; 60% inland & toward Great Glen.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of bright sun, most widely toward Great Glen. The air very clear indeed - but visibility suddenly appalling in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-6C; but feeling close to minus 17 Celsius where exposed to strongest breeze.

Freezing Level

Terrain frozen from glens upward; slight thawing lower sunlit and coastal slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Cold throughout this week with snow substantially remaining in place on the mountains and most terrain remaining frozen. Wednesday onward, substantially fine with winds easing markedly, although, one or two temporary deteriorations, most extensively across the Scottish Highlands as weakening fronts bring temporarily stronger winds and snow (rain lower western areas). Indiciations favour high pressure and fine conditions developing by next weekend.

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