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 Sunday 14th February 2016
Forecast last updated on Sunday 14th February 2016 at 12:35pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Most terrain frozen. Snow showers will come in off the North Sea and into N Scotland where the snow more constant for an hour or two. However, many western mountains dry with the air very clear and summits often free of cloud. Windy northern Scotland.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Windy; occasional snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North or northeasterly 25 to occasionally 35mph. Speeds will tend to drop from north afternoon.

Effect of wind on you?

Will impede ease of walking on higher areas.

How Wet?

Snow, temporarily frequent

Occasional snow and hail showers. From the north, over an hour or two, the showers more frequent. However, on mainland western mountains south of about Torridon little precipitation all day.

Cloud on the hills?

Frequently confined to or above higher tops

Near precipitation, patches of cloud below 600m, perhaps persistent over a couple of hours. But most cloud above 800 to 1000m, and on western mountains south from about Torridon, some higher corries and tops may remain covered, whilst most are frequently cloud free.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% north to 80% mainland south of Torridon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of bright sunshine and often superb visibility, although a band of cloud will move southwards. Most sun western mountains south from about Torridon.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Terrain largely or completely frozen. Partial thawing restricted to lower mainly sunlit slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 15th February 2016

Cold conditions will persist until the middle of next week, when slowly higher temperatures will percolate inland from the west. A ridge of high pressure will bring mostly fine conditions on Monday. Strengthening upland winds will extend across Scotland and later into England and Wales on Tuesday. Snow will follow late Tuesday into W & NW Scotland, and reach England & Wales on Wednesday. Showers will follow, mainly western mountains, these still of snow on higher areas.

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