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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
Wednesday 14th April 2021
Last updated Tuesday 13th April 2021 at 4:18 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

High pressure resides across Britain. Little wind overall. Very clear with a good amount of sun, but also some areas of cloud, which will produce one or two localised showers, these mostly just isolated flurries of hail or snow. Temperatures rising just above freezing point on many summits, except the very highest tops in Scotland.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Mostly little wind. Typically dry, hills clear.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly in far north, up to 10 to 15mph in morning. Otherwise variable, often little wind.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly negligible

How Wet?

Largely dry

Small chance of an isolated snow or soft hail flurry.

Cloud on the hills?

Little if any

Fragments of cloud may briefly form on higher slopes in morning, otherwise most cloud which forms will be above the mountains.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

90%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Periods of sunshine; cloud sometimes filling in, particularly inland in afternoon. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0C rising to 2C, locally higher near Great Glen.

Freezing Level

Frost in some glens from dawn; then typically 900m rising just above freezing to highest summits.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Thursday 15th April 2021
Last updated Tuesday 13th April 2021 at 4:18 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly, 5 to 15mph, tending to strengthen around west coast, by evening may reach 25-30mph on Skye.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small, perhaps blustery later on exposed ridges on/near Skye.

How Wet?

Precipitation unlikely

Cloud on the hills?

Generally clear

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Above 90%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine extensive, a little fair-weather cloud filling in inland through day. Excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

1C rising to 3C, locally 5C by afternoon.

Freezing Level

Frost at dawn some glens plus some sheltered higher ground; then rising above freezing to highest summits.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Friday 16th April 2021
Last updated Tuesday 13th April 2021 at 4:18 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly 10 to 25mph, strongest on and near Skye.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small. Locally gusty around some Cuillin ridges.

How Wet?

Precipitation not expected

Cloud on the hills?

Little if any

Chance of cloud free Munros?

90%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine most widely morning, giving way as cloud fills in inland; some high cloud may build in west. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 to 2C, locally rising to 5C.

Freezing Level

Frost some glens and sheltered higher slopes at dawn; rising above freezing point on most higher summits.

Planning Outlook

High pressure is expected to influence our weather patterns beyond the middle of April. Often dry. Temperatures near freezing point on higher summits, tending to rise most afternoons. Lying snow on higher terrain will thaw only slowly. Some further overnight frosts. Next week may become milder with time. Sun and variable cloud; most mountains often clear. Mostly light winds, but southerlies strengthen this weekend. A frontal system coming in from the west by Sunday-Monday is likely to bring low cloud and some rain for a time, mainly in the west.