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Northwest Highland Forecast

The Northwest Highlands

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.)

Today's Forecast

Windy, walking impeded
Sunshine and showers
Cool

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Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Monday 22nd April 2024
Last updated Mon 22nd Apr 24 at 7:40AM

Summary for all mountain areas

Patchy rain for the Highlands, mostly in northern areas. Improving from the north during the afternoon with cloud lifting and breaking to give some sun. Feeling chilly over higher terrain in northerly winds. Dull and drizzly rain for England and Wales, driest and brightest toward western coasts.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Cool and breezy. Showery rain, cloud lifting afternoon.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North to northwesterly 20 to 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Starting to affect comfortable walking on exposed tops. Considerable wind chill.

How Wet?

A little rain on and off, clearing

Patchy showery rain for a few hours, most frequent in northern areas. Fading out and clearing from the north to become more often dry during the afternoon

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive north, improving

Varied banks over higher slopes, most persistent in Sutherland, covering hills to mid-elevations for periods. Higher bases toward Kintail. Cloud tending to lift from the north during afternoon, breaks forming.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% rising to 70% afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Often cloudy, local brief sun, better toward evening. Visibility good, but reduced in showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C dropping from the north toward 0C during afternoon. Wind chill feeling like -5C, later nearer -10C into evening.

Freezing Level

Above the summits, but starting to lower later in day, toward 800m in north.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Tuesday 23rd April 2024
Last updated Mon 22nd Apr 24 at 7:40AM

How windy? (On the Munros)

North to northeasterly, 20 to 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Considerable wind chill over higher terrain. Blustery in places which may start to affect ease of walking and balance on ridges.

How Wet?

Rare showers

Isolated brief showers or snow flurries on hills, mainly coastal areas in morning, then inland by afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Lifting toward or above many tops

Banks of cloud drifting across higher slopes in the morning, most common in north-facing coastal areas. Bases rising with breaks at times to most tops. Patches may linger around Ben Hope.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Broken cloud and sun. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1 to +2C, coldest Ben Hope area. Wind chill feeling close to -10C on the Munros.

Freezing Level

800 to 1000m north & eastern areas, but mostly just above higher summits toward Skye and Torridon.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Wednesday 24th April 2024
Last updated Mon 22nd Apr 24 at 7:40AM

How windy? (On the Munros)

North to northeasterly 15 to 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Considerable wind chill across higher slopes. May just affect ease of walking on some higher exposed ridges.

How Wet?

Rare showers

Chance of a brief flurry of soft hail or snow.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly little

Occasional patches drifting over higher slopes in the morning. Cloud above most or all tops by afternoon.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Broken cloud and sun. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-2C to +1C. Wind chill feels like -7 to -10C on tops.

Freezing Level

600 to 900m, lowest in north in morning, plus frost in sheltered glens at first.

Planning Outlook

Early in the new week, high pressure will be centred toward the northwest. Northerly winds prevail, feeling increasingly very chilly over higher terrain into midweek - by Tuesday, air temperatures falling back near or below freezing again on tops, coldest toward east. Sunny spells with excellent visibility, mixed with scattered brief showers or snow flurries. Lowering pressure later in the week, turning more widely showery again with upland snow, plus hail. Cool conditions are likely to continue toward the change of month into early May, at least in Scotland.