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 31st October 2014

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Forecast last updated on Thursday 30th October 2014 at 12:52pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Gales or near gales across the mountains; sudden gusts to lower slopes. Extensive very low cloud and patches of drizzle will break from the south across Wales and N England, and will be confined to higher slopes more northern Highlands.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Strengthening upland gales. Rain, mainly south.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly, progressively strengthening from around 40 to 60mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting will make walking increasingly difficult where exposed; in places sudden gusts reaching lower slopes. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

A little rain; later heavier west

Patchy rain, for much of daylight most likely only western mountains near and south of Torridon. But through afternoon, constant rain will envelop Skye and later western mountains north to Ullapool - then across region at about dusk.

Cloud on the hills?

Many summits cloud free; extensive southwest

Skye and mainland western summits near Skye - north about as far as Torridon most likely to have cloud, base possibly 300m Skye but mostly 600m. Elsewhere, fragment highest tops here and there, possibly more widespread late in day.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil on and near Skye, 70% Sutherland and inland elsewhere.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchy sunshine, mostly morning Sutherland and east of Achnasheen to Loch Cluanie. Persistent haze, especially on and near Skye - where widely foggy higher areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)

9 to 11C - but will feel as cold as minus 2 Celsius directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 1st November 2014

Windy on Saturday with a band of rain spreading east in the afternoon. Early next week will see a progressive drop in temperature on the summits; still showers and for some, several hours of constant rain. By Tuesday, some areas dry, and on Wednesday and perhaps Thursday, extensively dry with the wind having dropping. Cold enough for valley frost, and higher Scottish summits sub-freezing. Probably milder as further constant rain followed by showers (mainly west) follows in off the Atlantic later in the week.

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