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 26th October 2014

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Forecast last updated on Saturday 25th October 2014 at 3:54pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Storm force winds over the Scottish mountains. Gales or severe upland gales England and Wales. Persistent and heavy rain western Scotland, making it very wet underfoot and causing flooding of streams. Elsewhere, just patchy drizzly rain.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Storm force upland winds. Persistent rain west.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 50 to 70mph, gusts 80-90mph, dropping slightly toward dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Any mobility difficult on higher areas. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Extensive rain west

Rain persistent most or all day (snow on highest tops), heaviest western mountains, particularly Skye southwards - where very wet underfoot; streams in flood. Patchy rain further north and less frequent Sutherland. Very wet underfoot

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Varying cloud base; near precipitation patches below 500m, mainly west; but breaks to 800 to 1000m, generally highest well inland.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil west; 20% east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun, mainly Sutherland. Persistent haze and widely foggy across particularly western hills.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 to 5C; but feeling like minus 12 to minus 15 where directly exposed to gale force wind.

Freezing Level

Above highest summits Skye & Torridon, but around 1100-1250m north of Ullapool.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 27th October 2014

Upland gales continue on Monday, but easing during Tuesday, particularly across Scotland. Until early Tuesday, near constant rain over western Scotland in particular will make it very wet underfoot, and many streams and rivers will flood, including also rivers flowing toward the central highlands such as the Tay. Rain and much colder air spreads southwards during Tuesday, leading to a quieter and colder middle of the week. Milder air, gales and rain are likely to return by the end of the week.

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