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
Friday 10th April 2020
Last updated Thursday 9th April 2020 at 4:38 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Scotland: Extensive low cloud central/southern Highlands, and patches elsewhere, will lift. Many hills clearing, but patches persisting some high tops and more widely around west coast. Showers. England and Wales: A largely fine day with hazy sunshine through high level cloud. A few showers.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Banks of low cloud largely clearing, but reforming in developing showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly between 25 and 35mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking arduous where exposed on higher areas.

How Wet?

Showers

A mix of a few patches of rain here and there in the morning and then showers in the afternoon. Some hills may escape mostly dry.

Cloud on the hills?

Low cloud mostly clearing, away from west coast.

Banks of low cloud from dawn. However, bases will increasingly lift and break up with many hills clearing, although low cloud will remain extensive western coastal hill much of the day

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% near west coast. 70% elsewhere.

Sunshine and air clarity?

A little hazy sun at times, but mostly cloudy. Hazy.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7C or 8C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Saturday 11th April 2020
Last updated Thursday 9th April 2020 at 4:38 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to southwesterly 15 to 25mph

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small

How Wet?

Bursts of rain, at times prolonged.

Bursts of rain will edge slowly east across the area through the day. Precipitation may set in for a hour or so across some areas. Precipitation may ease later from the west.

Cloud on the hills?

Varying, patches to lower slopes in rain.

Low confidence: Cloud bases varying markedly through the day. Often covering hills above 600-800m, with ragged patches to lower slopes in rain. Some local breaks to high tops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Some hazy sun through high cloud at first, but increasingly overcast skies. Visibility good at first, but becoming poor in rain.

How Cold? (at 900m)

5 lowering to 2 or 3C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

The Northwest Highlands
Sunday 12th April 2020
Last updated Thursday 9th April 2020 at 4:38 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Low confidence in forecast: Perhaps little wind for several hours from dawn, but northerly winds developing, 20-30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

May impede walking across higher areas later in the day with significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Scattered showers, snow higher slopes.

Many hours may well be dry, but a scattering of showers are increasingly likely through the day, snow higher slopes.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied, patches at different heights.

Cloud distribution very varied across the hills. Patches at varying heights will drift around slowly, at times these fairly extensive across higher slopes above 800m. Some breaks may occur.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, but some patches of sun possible at times through high cloud. Visibility good or very good, but poor or very poor in showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 to 2C

Freezing Level

900-1200m; highest in the south.

Planning Outlook

Rain from time to time through the weekend as a shallow but complicated area of low pressure drifts across Britain. High pressure will then dominate, bringing several fine days next week. 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/