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 Friday 12th February 2016
Forecast last updated on Thursday 11th February 2016 at 12:58pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Many areas dry all day. Nevertheless, remnants of areas of showers will drift inland, mainly N/NE Scotland, but separately patches may have penetrated far inland over S. Pennines and Wales. Windy N Scotland. Areas of sunshine, the air very clear.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Windy; clusters of snow showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Easterly, 35, perhaps locally 40mph. Speeds may be 25-30mph on and near Skye and across Knoydart.

Effect of wind on you?

Widespread buffeting across the hills, particularly noticeable through some cols. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow now and again

Snow flurries almost anywhere. But clusters of showers may well bring almost constant snow over 2 or 3 hours, this least likely western mountains south of Torridon.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, particularly toward east

Cloud conditions will vary. As areas of snow drift west, so cloud will lower to 500 to 700m, highest toward west. However, cloud will break to 800 to 1000m, and in far north and also on and near Skye, cloud may only rarely form on higher tops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Areas of bright sunshine - although large banks of cloud. The air remaining very clear, but expect fog higher areas, particularly away from western summits.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C. Will feel as cold as minus 17C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Most terrain frozen. By day, slight thawing lower slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 13th February 2016

Cold conditions will persist until the middle of next week, when gradually higher temperatures will percolate inland from the west. Remnants of areas of constant snow or snow showers will continue in some areas over the weekend, but overall extensively dry. Winds light or fairly light on the hills before upland gales edge inland to the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday.

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