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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, but chilly
Mostly sunny, snow capping highest tops
Cold
Bright sunshine

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Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Tuesday 23rd April 2024
Last updated Mon 22nd Apr 24 at 4:30PM

Summary for all mountain areas

A cold northerly breeze - notable chill factor on the tops, particularly eastern areas. Feeling pleasant where sheltered in the sunshine, especially by afternoon, best in western Scotland. Most places dry all day, low risk of a brief light shower or flurry. Early showers clearing south across Wales.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Mostly dry and sunny, but chilly and breezy on tops.

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?

Precipitation very unlikely

Rare if any isolated brief light showers or snow flurries on hills, mainly north coastal areas in morning.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly little if any; patches in north

Most mountains in Wester Ross to Skye and Kintail clear all day. Patchy cloud occasionally near some higher slopes in Sutherland, mainly around Ben Hope.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

90% many places, 70% far north.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Broken cloud and sun, but often sunny toward western areas; beware sunburn. 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. Frost in sheltered inland glens at first.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Wednesday 24th April 2024
Last updated Mon 22nd Apr 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

North to northeasterly 15 to 25mph, least wind toward Kintail.

Effect of the wind on you?

Considerable wind chill on higher slopes especially morning. May just affect ease of walking on some 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 0C, rising to +1 or 3C. Wind chill feels like -5C to locally -10C in morning on some tops.

Freezing Level

700 to 900m, lowest in north in morning, plus frost in sheltered glens at first. May lift just above tops Skye to Kintail areas.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Thursday 25th April 2024
Last updated Mon 22nd Apr 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 15 to 20mph, at times 25mph some exposed tops.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small effect on walking, but continued notable wind chill on hills.

How Wet?

Showers developing

A scattering of showers forming increasingly during the day, with hail, plus snow flurries at times falling to mid-heights.

Cloud on the hills?

Occasionally on higher areas

Patches of cloud forming over some slopes in the morning, bases lifting toward the summits and many mountains will clear. Local fragments returning around showers.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Variable cloud and sun, best in morning. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3C rising to 0 or +1C. Wind chill feeling like -5 to -10C, coldest in morning.

Freezing Level

600 to 800m, lowest in north in morning, frost some glens; rising toward 900m, locally 1000m+ near Kintail into afternoon.

Planning Outlook

Northerly breezes continue into midweek, feeling distinctly chilly over higher terrain - temperatures will fluctuate from below freezing in the morning, to a few degrees above into the afternoon for a few days - coldest toward the east and northeast. Sunny spells with excellent visibility, mixed with scattered brief showers or snow flurries. Lowering pressure Thursday into Friday, turning more widely showery again with hail and snow on some hills, but winds fairly light. A risk of a rain system spiraling across Britain over the weekend, upland snow for a time, accompanied by stronger east to southeasterly winds.