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 25th November 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 24th November 2015 at 12:33pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A warm front will make slow progress inland onto western mountains bringing extensive low loud and rain on and off. Elsewhere, cloud higher tops N Scotland (as far south as Cairngorms) but otherwise fine and intermittently sunny. Upland winds widely near gale force.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Showery; upland winds approaching gale. Low cloud, mainly southwest.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 30 to locally 40mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking impeded, and near some major ridges and summits, considerable buffeting. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Patchy light rain or snow

Showers from time to time, although well inland from Ben Wyvis south to the Great Glen, showers few and far between. Snow above 750ml.

Cloud on the hills?

Soon persistent on higher, particularly coastal areas, where base will drop

Cloud base will vary from 500 to 700m near showers and more typically 750 to 1000m; the lower bases generally closest to the coast. On and near Skye, blanket cloud will lower below 400m by midday and spread slowly inland and north to Wester Ross. On Ben Wyvis and near Great Glen, there may well be breaks to higher tops most or all daylight.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% toward the coast to 40% elsewhere

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun through high cloud. Mostly very good to excellent visibility, but extensive fog higher areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 or 1C. Will feel as cold as minus 12 C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

900 or 1000m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 26th November 2015

A leek or fortnight of frequent upland gales and particularly on western mountains precipitation at some stage almost daily. However, Wales and S Pennines will become largely dry for 2 or 3 days over the coming weekend. There will be freeze-thaw cycles on the Scottish Munros, whilst further south, higher summits will occasionally be below freezing point.

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