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 26th November 2015
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 12:44pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Very extensive low cloud and patches of drizzly rain over the Atlantic will envelop most mountain areas, the cloud base lifting progressively inland. Some eastern mountains will clear. Rain will become most persistent W & NW Highlands. Upland gales Scottish Highlands.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gale or near gales, especially Sutherland. Rain and low cloud.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, 35 to 45mph, although mostly 30 or 35mph Skye and on mainland south of about Kintail.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting throughout the day where exposed on higher areas, particularly toward north.

How Wet?

Increasingly wet; rain most persistent west

Drizzly rain, most widespread afternoon western mountains, particularly Skye & Torridon. Often dry east of Loch Cluanie to Achnasheen.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive and low

Widely shrouding mountains, from lower slopes up around west coast, the base rising progressively inland to give breaks to 800m east of Loch Cluanie and Achnasheen northwards.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil west to 10% easternmost tops

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare hazy sun easternmost areas. Foggy across the hills, hazy or murky lower slopes.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 27th November 2015

A week or fortnight of frequent upland gales and sometimes storm force winds, and particularly on western mountains precipitation at some stage almost daily. Considerable rainfall in total will fall across the W & NW Highlands. There will be a series of freeze-thaw cycles on the Scottish Munros (allowing snow to accumulate on higher areas), whilst further south, higher summits will occasionally be below freezing point, but lying snow fairly transient.

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