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 Monday 8th February 2016
Forecast last updated on Sunday 7th February 2016 at 10:58pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A stormy day across Welsh and most English ranges with frequent squally showers. Much less windy further north where showers mostly restricted to near west and north facing coasts. Whiteout conditions higher Welsh mountains.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Occasional snow and hail showers. Light wind.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly - but direction may vary, 20mph or sometimes less.

Effect of wind on you?


How Wet?

Snow and hail showers

Snow and hail showers, mainly within 10 or 15 miles of the general lie of the west and north coast. Rare snow showers elsewhere.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied, often covering tops toward coast.

Cloud often covering summits toward the coast, occasionally cloud below 600m, but often above 850m. However, most summits will clear occasionally. Progressively inland, the cloud increasingly broken - from Ben Wyvis to areas east from Achnasheen and Loch Cluanie, summits often cloud free.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% coastal summits to 70% well inland (from west/north coasts).

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sunshine near coasts to fairly extensive sunshine well inland. Excellent or superb visibility, but suddenly appalling where in cloud and snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

700m coastal slopes. Elsewhere, 500 or 600m although after a frost, terrain at least partly frozen into many glens.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 9th February 2016

Cold, unsettled and occasionally very windy on the mountains over the next 10 days. Freezing levels will often be around 750m even as far south as Wales - or lower particularly on the Scottish Highlands. Snowfall is likely to be considerable with potentially some of the largest falls and strongest winds extending across higher tops further south.

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