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 Thursday 2nd October 2014

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Forecast last updated on Wednesday 1st October 2014 at 4:08pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Fine with well broken cloud for nearly all mountain areas. However, winds will strengthen through the day, although even by dusk light most of Wales and S & Central Pennines. However, upland gales will extend east across Highland Scotland, becoming severe NW Highlands.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales soon developing - becoming severe.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly; increasingly progressively from 30mph post-dawn to 50 or perhaps on western summits 60, gusts 80mph by late afternoon.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking quickly becoming very difficult even on exposed lower slopes, and general mobility severely impaired later in day. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Risk of a little rain

Threat of one or two brief light showers rain western hills.

Cloud on the hills?

Very little

Most summits cloud free; but on and near Skye, cloud likely to come and go above about 750m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine; will fade as high level cloud thickens from west. Increasingly hazy.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 3rd October 2014

A major change in the weather pattern as over the next 10 days, low pressure will become dominant - with several separate centres 'dumb-belling' around each other, bringing cusps of strong wind, rain and low cloud. Away from the major rain and cloud areas, there will still be showers. Ahead of this, on Friday, strong evidence of major rainfall on mountains near the north Irish Sea as a cold front moves erratically southeast. Underfoot, presently still very dry most mountain areas.

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