The Northwest Highlands Forecast

Viewing Weather Forecast for Tuesday 24th January 2017

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.)

Forecast last updated on Monday 23rd January 2017 at 1:43pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A zone of low cloud and patchy rain extends across S & SW Scotland, plus western-most hills in England & Wales. Elsewhere largely dry, cloud breaks to higher tops, particularly N Scotland. Windy on Scottish mountains; gale force in N & NW Highlands. Some terrain frozen.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales. Rain in south, fading; cloud breaks north.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, 40 to 50mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting and wind chill where exposed on higher areas; in some areas walking difficult.

How Wet?

A little rain south-west

Rain or drizzle, mainly Skye & Torridon in the morning, but amounts small, and tending to fade by middle of the day. Dry most or all day northern areas.

Cloud on the hills?

Persisting all day west

Blanket low cloud, from lower slopes up western coastal mountains, particularly Wester Ross southwards. Inland and across Sutherland, may break to 750m, possibly 900m easternmost summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west; 20% inland; 40% north-east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun eastern valleys. Constant haze lower slopes; fog higher areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C; well inland little change in temperature with height from valleys to summits, locally up to 5C in Sutherland.

Freezing Level

Mostly above the summits; although some higher areas close to or just below freezing point. Some terrain still frozen.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 25th January 2017

Southerly winds will be gale or severe gale force on most hills and mountains for the rest this week, although it will remain largely dry as fronts are held at bay to the west of Britain. A little rain or drizzle and low cloud will drift onto western hills from time to time, but many tops should be often clear. A change to a more pronounced south-westerly regime is expected by the end of the month, although there is uncertainty about how quickly this evolves around the weekend - many areas may remain largely dry until into next week. Often near or below freezing on higher areas - terrain at least partly frozen. Next week, periods of freeze and thaw are likely.