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 Thursday 11th February 2016
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 1:09pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A relatively benign day across most mountains. Cold, largely dry conditions. Broken cloud, some sunshine. Remnants of old fronts may bring a few areas of snow flurries or light showers, mostly coastal hills.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Light winds most areas. Often dry; scattered snow flurries.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Easterly, 10 to 20mph, strongest far north. Around west coast on/near Skye, periods with very little wind.

Effect of wind on you?

Mostly very small.

How Wet?

Snow showers or flurries

Substantially, or perhaps completely dry, but risk a few areas of showers, which may over an hour or two give more constant snow, most likely Sutherland, perhaps also Skye.

Cloud on the hills?

Confined to or above higher tops

Fragments of cloud above 500 or 600m, particularly near precipitation. But most cloud will be above 900 to 1100m - persisting in some corries and on higher tops whilst others are substantially free of cloud.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Often cloudy, but areas of bright sunshine. The air very clear indeed.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

More or less glen level after overnight frost. By day, some thawing, mainly sunlit slopes, up to about 450m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 12th February 2016

Cold conditions will persist well into next week; most mountain terrain frozen. There will be consolidation of existing snow. Many areas often dry, but further snow will fall from time to time. Low pressure moves across southern Britain into the North Sea over the weekend, resulting in a north to north-easterly pattern, bringing clusters of snow showers. Also a risk of more persistent snow southern Pennines & Wales on Saturday. Wind speeds will vary, occasional severe wind chill. By middle of next week, expect a gradual change to milder south-westerly winds and Atlantic fronts.

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