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 Tuesday 30th September 2014

Forecast last updated on Monday 29th September 2014 at 2:52pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A weakening cold front will bring a band of strong winds, extensive low cloud and a little rain slowly eastwards during the day. However, some eastern areas will be fine, and although hazy, many summits will be or become cloud free.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales or near gales; rain mainly south.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly 30-35mph, but often 40mph western mountains.

Effect of wind on you?

Buffeting significant and widely considerable where exposed on higher western areas.

How Wet?

Rain intermittently, mainly south

Rain extending eastwards after dawn, although north of Torridon, and also east of Achnasheen to Loch Cluanie total rainfall very small. Slowly becoming completely dry afternoon, Cuillins and then western mainland summits.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive south

Cloud extensive on higher western areas south of about Torridon, forming from lower slopes upward on and near Skye until late in day. Elsewhere, cloud frequently confined above 900 or 1000m, although for a couple of hours much lower in a band slowly moving inland middle of day/afternoon.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10% on and near Skye to 50% elsewhere

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare pockets of sunshine Sutherland and well inland elsewhere. Hazy; widely foggy across the hills on and near Skye.

How Cold? (at 900m)

9C dropping to 6C western mountains afternoon.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 1st October 2014

Gradually from the west, wetter, less settled weather will envelop most mountain areas this week. Nevertheless, away from western Scotland, total rainfall will be small until Friday, when as a front coming in from the northwest, slows down, many areas will have a lengthy period of rain. Upland gales will develop on Thursday across the Scottish Highlands, and upland severe upland gales will be widespread on Friday - although easing markedly across the W & N Scottish Highlands. Remaining mild. Underfoot, away from the W & NW Highlands, still very dry.

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