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 Wednesday 2nd December 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 1st December 2015 at 2:17pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread upland gales after dawn will become confined to near and south of a front that will move slowly south across areas near the north Irish Sea. Widespread rain and low cloud near the front. Progressively colder from NW across Scotland; snow showers, mainly NW.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Wind easing; snow showers. Progressively colder.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, 70mph post dawn. Will quickly ease to 25 to 35mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Very difficult conditions at dawn. Will progressively ease, by afternoon, walking will be impeded by the wind on higher areas.

How Wet?

Snow showers

Overnight rain soon clearing. Then showers, mainly western hills. Snow will fall to progressively lower level, by dusk 450m. Very wet underfoot western hills, streams in spate.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher areas

Cloud base near showers below 600m at times, but generally base 750 to 900m, and well inland, breaks to 1050m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Brief bursts of sun. Visibility excellent, but temporarily near-zero in cloud and snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C at dawn dropping progressively to -2C. Will feel as cold as minus 15C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Initially above summits, soon 1100m, and 700m by dusk.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 3rd December 2015

Another week or perhaps a fortnight of frequent long bouts of upland gales - and sometimes storm force winds. There will be freeze thaw cycles on higher areas, and on western mountains, precipitation will continue to be substantially, often of snow Scottish mountains and only occasionally of snow England and Wales. Forecast issued from Glenmore Lodge, Cairngorms.

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