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 27th January 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 7:29am

Summary for all mountain areas

Blanket low cloud becoming increasingly extensive on western mountains. Patchy drizzly rain, or sleet highest tops, but amounting to very little toward east. Blustery winds, reaching gale force on Scottish summits.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales strengthening. Low cloud; occasional drizzly rain or sleet.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West backing southwesterly, 40mph early morning, strengthening through the day, by late afternoon to 55 or locally 65mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting on higher areas; later any mobility may be arduous. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Drizzly rain; sleety tops

Patchy rain on and off, particularly western mountains; sleet intermittently higher areas.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive; low cloud west

Blanket low cloud on western mountains, base tending to lower and increasingly shroud hills from lower slopes up near coast; slightly higher inland, 600-800m Sutherland and near Great Glen.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil west; 10% inland.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine unlikely. Extensively foggy on the hills.

How Cold? (at 900m)

1C - only slow drop in temperature with height on higher slopes.

Freezing Level

1200m, tending to rise through the day.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 28th January 2015

Upland winds frequently near gale force this week, perhaps occasionally easing toward the weekend as a low pressure becomes a broader feature across Britain. From Wednesday on, much colder conditions will extend south to all areas, with snow to lower slopes, most concentrated on northern and western facing mountains. A cold pattern is very likely to last through the weekend and into early next week, with most terrain remaining frozen.

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