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 Saturday 25th October 2014

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Forecast last updated on Saturday 25th October 2014 at 3:54pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Upland gales strengthening, becoming severe gales Scottish Highlands. Frequent showers western Scotland, merging into constant rain, (snow higher tops). A few showers elsewhere, very few if any Wales/Peak District. Cloud shrouding most higher areas, particularly west.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Severe upland gales developing. Frequent rain or snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 50mph, strengthening to 60 to 80mph during daylight.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking increasingly difficult, by afternoon even in some glens. Higher up, general mobility difficult. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent rain, snow, hail

Showers, sometimes heavy and one after another giving almost constant precipitation, especially western mountains. Snow higher summits.

Cloud on the hills?

Very extensive, highest base east

Cloud generally shrouding the mountains, the base sometimes below 450m west and rarely above 800m. Well inland, most cloud above 600m, and breaks to 1000m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil west; 10% inland; 20% east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sun. Hazy; and extensive fog higher areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C; but feeling like minus 10 to minus 15 where exposed to gale force wind.

Freezing Level

1350m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 26th October 2014

Upland gales or severe gales will continue on Sunday and Monday, easing slowly for a day or so from about Tuesday, before likely returning later in week. Frequent or near constant rain over western Scotland in particular will make it very wet underfoot, and many streams and rivers will flood. Elsewhere next week, rain occasionally, but amounts much less, and often mild, or very mild in England and Wales.

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