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 6th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 6th March 2015 at 7:42am

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread gales across most mountain areas. Low cloud will be extensive with occasional rain and drizzle, particularly western mountains. However, the rain will be persistent much of the west and northwest Highlands, with runoff augmented by accelerating snowmelt.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Storm to hurricane force upland winds developing. Low cloud & rain.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly; very marked increase with height to 50-70mph and in afternoon 70-100mph where exposed on higher areas.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking very difficult where exposed on higher areas, and by afternoon any mobility tortuous. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain and drizzle

Drizzle and rain, often constant western mountains south from the Torridon area, and close to west coast further north. Elsewhere, occasional rain only. Snow confined above 900m at first; will turn to rain up to higher summits.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive west and south

Blanket very low cloud will affect west coastal hills, extending well inland south of Ullapool. But the low cloud intermittently breaking up or to above 800m away from west coast Sutherland and east of Achnasheen to Loch Cluanie.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil western mountains south of Ullapool to 30% elsewhere

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine rarely away from western mountains. Widely foggy western hills; very good visibility elsewhere.

How Cold? (at 900m)

1C rising from southwest (probably morning) to 3C. Will feel as cold as minus 15C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

1000m, lifting above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 7th March 2015

Mild throughout the next week or more, with only few periods, mainly confined to the Scottish Highlands, where summit temperatures are below freezing point. Areas of low cloud, rain and strong winds will affect the mountains. Over the W & NW Scottish Highlands on Friday and Saturday, rainfall will be extreme, and with substantial snow melt. There will be flooding. Overall, drier, initially over England and Wales later next week as pressure gradually builds over nearby Europe.

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