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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

Moderate breeze, fairly small impact
Sunny winter day
Cold
Bright winter sunshine

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Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Monday 4th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Fine with sunshine for north and western Scotland, some banks of cloud toward the central & southeast Highlands. Southeasterly winds will strengthen, upland gales developing, becoming severe for Welsh mountains. Rain moves into Wales from the southwest.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Dry, bright sun. Wind increasing later.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly - speeds gradually increasing during day 15 to 25mph, gusty near to western coasts. Reaching 40mph from dusk, then 50-60mph later evening into night; soonest near Skye.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small some areas much of day Increasingly blustery toward evening, buffeting gusts on ridges and in places downslope.

How Wet?

Dry all day and into night

Possible local flurries on eastern hills into the night.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little

Some banks of cloud may drift over the higher Cuillin, otherwise many mountains often free of low cloud.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine and a little patchy cloud, high cloud may build from south later. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1 to +1C. As wind speeds increase, chill factor feeling like -10 later -15C on high tops.

Freezing Level

800m, locally rising to 1000m some areas toward the west and north coasts. Frost inland glens from dawn.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southeasterly, 50mph with gusts over 60mph likely in the morning. Easing to 25-40mph, strongest on Skye.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult conditions with significant wind chill tending to improve. Higher Cuillin may remain challenging with buffeting all day.

How Wet?

A little rain or snow on tops

Patchy rain, or snow flurries on higher terrain. Amounts small. Often dry near and north from Ullapool.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied, breaks western mainland

Lowest cloud focused around southern Cuillin, plus some eastern coastal hills. Covering higher tops for periods, but good breaks toward west in areas north from Torridon.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

A little sun through high cloud. Visibility good away from precipitation, slight haze coastal hills.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C rising to +1 or 2C. Wind chill -10 to -15C.

Freezing Level

800 to 1100m, tending to rise, highest toward the coast north from Ullapool. Slight frost some inland glens at first.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Wednesday 6th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly, 25mph up to gusty 40mph in places, mainly west coastal mountains.

Effect of the wind on you?

Varied, some slopes fairly small, but buffeting gusts around some exposed ridges and summits.

How Wet?

Largely dry

Western mountains generally dry. Rare brief snow flurries eastern hills, spots of rain lower slopes.

Cloud on the hills?

Little toward west

Banks of low cloud focused toward east. Some patches locally in west, but many hills largely clear.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine best toward west coast, cloudier further east. Slight haze, but visibility fairly good overall.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 or -1C, up to +1 or 2C west coastal tops. If exposed to wind, chill factor feeling close to -10C.

Freezing Level

800 to 1000m, highest on Skye; slight rise during daytime. Patchy frost inland glens at first.

Planning Outlook

High pressure over Scandinavia expands to the north of Scotland during the week ahead, whilst areas of low pressure circulate southwest of the British Isles. East or southeasterly winds are likely to prevail over the next couple of weeks, chillier air drawn in at times. Easterly upland gales possible late this week into the weekend. Recent fresh snow coverage will remain across many mountains this week - staying near or below freezing point over higher terrain. Milder air reaching Wales into midweek. Further snow flurries mostly for the eastern Highlands. Western Scotland likely to see an extended period with little precipitation. Possibly widely drier into mid-March under higher pressure.