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 Wednesday 10th February 2016
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 2:00pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Many regions dry most of the day; sunshine and broken cloud. Snow showers or flurries, mainly coastal hills in western Scotland, but across the far north may become frequent, or later set in. Scattered shower bands for western England & Wales. Chilly where exposed to wind.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Cold. Fairly light wind. Snow showers, at times frequent.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwest or later northerly, 20 to occasionally 30mph; although a lull in the speed will extend slowly southwards.

Effect of wind on you?

Mostly fairly small, but where exposed on higher areas prepare for significant wind chill at times.

How Wet?

Areas of frequent snow and hail

Snow and hail showers, giving frequent precipitation over an hour or more, particularly northern areas, and also near west coast. However there will be periods where showers fade to flurries. Fewest showers typically south from Torridon and around Kintail. Late in the day, risk a more organised band of snow may affect the far north.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Breaks in the cloud, particularly well inland toward higher summits. But overall, cloud extensive above 800m, and near precipitation patches above about 500m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% north & west, to 40% around Kintail.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun; mainly well inland. The air very clear, but areas of fog, and where in cloud and snow, visibility appalling.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-2C coastal hills, to -4C inland; but where directly exposed to strongest wind, will feel like -15C.

Freezing Level

Around 500m coastal hills, otherwise most terrain frozen after widespread overnight frost; inland partial daytime thawing to around 400m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 11th 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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