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 22nd October 2014

Today | Thursday | Friday

Forecast last updated on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 3:21pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Windy; upland gales Scottish Highlands. Extensive low cloud focussed on western mountains, although this may not reach mid and south Wales. Heavy rain W & NW Highlands and patchy rain gradually reaching the rest of Scotland and summits near the north Irish Sea.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales; rain most of the day, heaviest south.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, soon strengthening to typically 45mph, gusts locally 65mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting soon developing where exposed on higher areas - and sudden very strong gusts reaching some lower slopes. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain - most of the day

Rain, increasingly set in during morning. Will in afternoon turn heavy or torrential western mountains, particularly those south from the Torridon area. Briefly snow highest tops post dawn.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive; very low base

Breaks to higher tops well inland briefly, but typically cloud base dropping during morning to 300 to 500m west and 500 to 750m easternmost summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine not expected. Fog widely across the mountains; often poor visibility due to rain lower areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 rising to 6C; but will feel as cold as minus 10 Celsius on higher tops in morning.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 23rd October 2014

Until after the weekend over Highland Scotland, frequent upland gales or near gales, most widely NW Highlands, frequently raining with cloud shrouding the mountains. Snow on higher summits intermittently Friday onwards. Less windy and wet over mountains in England and Wales, although extensive very low cloud and drizzly rain on Thursday - this clearing only slowly southeastwards on Friday. Substantially dry over the weekend, and very likely early next week.

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