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Northwest Highlands - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Northwest Highlands over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for a fine day day on Tuesday. High for changeable conditions midweek, and more settled conditions later in the week. Low for cloud detail from Wednesday onwards.

  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Further outlook

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Weather hazards

Gales Low likelihood Hide detail

Gale force winds (gusts over 50mph) make walking difficult and strenuous with a potential to be blown over by gusts. There is often a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances can take longer to cover and compass bearings become harder to follow accurately.

Learn more about gales

Poor visibility Low likelihood Show detail

Poor visibility presents challenging route finding conditions. Visibility could be significantly less than 50 metres in all directions with few or no visual references, especially on featureless moors or plateaux. Distances become hard to judge and cliff or cornice edges can be difficult to recognise. These conditions require good navigational skills. There is a risk of white-out conditions when mist or fog is combined with extensive snow cover.

Learn more about poor visibility

Headline

Dry with some sunshine.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Light shower night Light shower day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Light rain
Chance of precipitation at 800m 30% 30% 10% 10% 10% 40%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m SW 18 23 SW 20 24 SW 29 35 SW 34 41 S 37 46 S 48 58
900m SW 18 23 SW 19 23 SW 28 35 SW 32 39 S 34 43 S 44 54
600m SW 10 15 SW 12 16 SW 21 28 SW 23 31 S 26 34 S 30 40
300m SW 3 13 W 2 15 SW 9 26 SW 6 26 S 6 24 S 8 33
Glen W 2 5 NW 2 7 SW 8 19 SW 7 21 S 10 28 S 12 32

Temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m 2 ° 3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 3 °
900m 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 3 °
600m 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 °
300m 6 ° 7 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 °
Glen 8 ° 9 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m -4 ° -3 ° -6 ° -6 ° -6 ° -6 °
900m -3 ° -2 ° -4 ° -5 ° -5 ° -4 °
600m 1 ° 1 ° 0 ° -1 ° -1 ° 0 °
300m 5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 °
Glen 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,400 m 1,300 m 1,200 m 1,200 m 1,300 m 2,100 m
Sunrise: 08:01
Sunset: 16:10
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Some isolated showers across western ranges in the morning, otherwise it will be dry with some goods spells of sunshine. Clouding over in the evening with some rain in the west.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

40% in the morning, some fairly extensive cloud down to 550 metres from Assnyt down to Glen Shiel in the morning. This mostly dispersing through the afternoon with only patches around 700 metres. Cloud becoming extensive down to 500 metres through the evening.

Visibility

Very good with good air clarity. Occasionally becoming poor in the southwest after dark.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Best of the conditions will be across the east of the region, cloud is likely to plague western ranges in the morning. Be prepared for cold winds at height later.

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Sunrise: 08:03
Sunset: 16:09
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

All ranges will have a cloudy and windy day. There will be some rain at times in the morning, heavy and persistent across Skye, An Teallach and Torridon. Little change in the afternoon with wet weather continuing across the southwest but drier conditions elsewhere.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southerly 40 gust 60 mph, gust 70 mph on higher summits.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

20%. Extensive and persistent cloud down to 500 metres although some breaks likely across Ben Wyvis and and up across northern Sutherland.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 8 Celsius
  • Glen Plus 9 rising to 13 Celsius
  • Freezing level Above the summits

Visibility

Generally rather hazy, falling poor in any drizzly rain in the west. Good at times in the sheltered north.

Thursday 15 November 2018

Sunrise: 08:05
Sunset: 16:07
Moon phase: First quarter

Western ranges likely to be cloudy with some drizzly rain, this clearing by the afternoon. The east will be dry with the best chance of some brightness. Low confidence for detail. Southwesterly summit gales. Freezing level above the summits.

Friday 16 November 2018

Sunrise: 08:07
Sunset: 16:05
Moon phase: First quarter

Similar to Thursday, low cloud may be persistent across southern ranges but some sunny breaks likely across the north. Strong southerly winds. Freezing level above the summits.

Saturday 17 November 2018

Sunrise: 08:10
Sunset: 16:03
Moon phase: First quarter

Little change, mainly dry with the best chance of cloud breaks in the northeast. Freezing level above the summits.

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Separated from the Grampians by the Great Glen the region includes Sutherland, Ben Wyvis, Wester Ross, The Cuillin, Glen Affric, Glen Shiel and Knoydart.

The Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye are among the steepest mountains in the UK and include 15 peaks above 3,000 feet (900 metres). There are two main ridges; the magnificent Black Cuillins and the Red Cuillins around Loch Coruisk to the south.

Torridon has some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Scotland which includes Beinn Eighe, a long ridge with many spurs and summits, two of which are classified as Munros. Beinne Eighe also includes Britain's first ever national nature reserve where you may spot golden eagles, buzzards, pine martins and wild cats on your travels.

For snow and avalanche hazard forecasts please visit Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service

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