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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.)

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Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Monday 30th March 2020
Last updated Sunday 29th March 2020 at 3:50 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

High pressure to the west of the British Isles will bring largely dry but mostly cloudy conditions with a persistent cloud sheet; although some breaks will occur. Brisk winds across England and Wales, and in the morning across Scotland, will give significant chill. Isolated snow flurries.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Persistent cloud sheet covering higher slopes. Isolated flurries possible.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North to northwesterly in the range 20 to 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Will impede walking at times across higher slopes with significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Isolated showers or flurries.

Isolated, brief, showers or flurries.

Cloud on the hills?

Cloud sheet covering many higher slopes.

A cloud sheet will shroud higher slopes above 700m; lower bases coastal hills where patches to 600m. Highest tops may poke above cloud.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, but some patches of sun may break through at times. Visibility mostly good, but occasionally poor in showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1 or -2C, but feeling closer to -15C in direct exposure to strongest winds in the morning.

Freezing Level

Generally around 700-800m, but some lower slopes, away from coastal areas, at least partially frozen at dawn.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Last updated Sunday 29th March 2020 at 3:50 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly in the range 15 to 30mph; strongest coastal hills.

Effect of the wind on you?

May impede walking at times across some higher slopes with marked wind chill.

How Wet?

A few flurries.

Scattering of snow flurries, especially across coastal hills.

Cloud on the hills?

Cloud sheet covering higher slopes.

Detail uncertain: A cloud sheet will likely continue to cover higher slopes in fog, although some high tops may poke above tops. Best of breaks in the south and east.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, some patches of sun breaking through towards Great Glen. Mostly very good, but lowering in snow flurries.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-2C, may rise inland to 0C later.

Freezing Level

Generally around 700-900m, but some lower slopes, away from coastal areas, at least partially frozen at dawn.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Last updated Sunday 29th March 2020 at 3:50 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 25 to 35mph; strongest in the afternoon when may reach 40mph higher tops.

Effect of the wind on you?

Will increasingly impede walking higher areas in afternoon with significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Drizzly rain/snow tops moving in.

Dry start, but drizzly rain and across higher tops snow will increasingly set in through the morning and into the afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Extensive cloud across the hills for much, if not all, of the day. Increasingly down to lower slopes across western coastal hills.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy. Visibility good, but becoming poor in drizzly rain/snow higher tops.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1 or -2C, lifting to 1 or 2C in afternoon.

Freezing Level

700-800m lifting to 1000-1200m in afternoon. Patchy frost inland glens at dawn.

Planning Outlook

Frequently cold this week, leaving higher terrain in Scotland frozen and intermittently frozen elsewhere. Precipitation amounts small, although heavier snow showers arriving later in week across Scotland. Scottish MR Note: Scot Gov has stated that "essential travel only must be undertaken" in order to protect our rural communities and prevent extra pressure on our Emergency Services. Now is the time to avoid unnecessary mountain activities and consider our social responsibilities. More info, visit: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/