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Northwest Highlands - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Northwest Highlands over the next 5 days

Confidence

High overall, but Medium for cloud cover.

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  • Further outlook

Thursday 22 February 2018

Weather hazards

Gales High likelihood Hide detail

Progress will be impeded by very strong winds. Walking will be difficult and strenuous at times with a potential for one to be blown over in gusts. There can be a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances often take longer to cover with compass bearings becoming more difficult to follow accurately.

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Severe chill effect High likelihood Show detail

Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect. Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature. This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow. Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia.

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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.

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Strong sunlight Low likelihood Show detail

Harmful UV levels from sunlight increase with altitude giving a greater risk of sunburn and eye damage, even on some overcast days. On breezy days, the cooling effect of wind on exposed skin may disguise any feeling of sunburn until it is too late. If there is snow cover, glare increases the effect of UV rays especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block, protective clothing such as a long-sleeved top and hat and have good quality eye protection.

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Headline

Mainly dry and bright. Cold and windy over the tops.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Cloudy Cloudy Light snow shower day Light snow Cloudy Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 800m 10% 10% 10% 10% <05% 00%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m S 42 48 S 46 53 S 44 54 S 45 55 S 40 49 S 36 44
900m S 38 44 S 44 51 S 42 52 S 43 53 S 38 47 S 33 41
600m S 25 32 S 31 39 S 32 42 S 32 42 S 28 37 S 23 32
300m S 2 24 S 4 26 S 10 33 S 11 35 S 10 29 S 9 25
Glen SE 5 16 SE 7 20 S 9 25 S 10 28 S 9 24 S 9 24

Temperature

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

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m -14 ° -15 ° -14 ° -13 ° -13 ° -13 °
900m -13 ° -14 ° -12 ° -12 ° -12 ° -12 °
600m -8 ° -9 ° -8 ° -7 ° -7 ° -7 °
300m -1 ° -1 ° -1 ° -1 ° -1 ° -1 °
Glen 1 ° 1 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 1 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 300 m 300 m 600 m 600 m 600 m 500 m
Sunrise: 07:35
Sunset: 17:37
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Mainly dry and bright with occasional clear spells early and late in the day. The best of any sunshine expected around Ben Wyvis and into Sutherland. A lot of cloud possible during daylight hours around the 5 Sisters of Kintail and over Skye, a scattering of showers possible here, these wintry above 400m.

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

40 to 70% during daylight hours, occasional or extensive cloud with bases 600 to 900m, but will be lower in any showers and early in the morning. 60 to 80% during the early hours and late in the day.

Visibility

Occasionally poor or very poor over the tops and in any showers. Most good or very good lower down.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Strongest winds over Skye and around the west coast.

Friday 23 February 2018

Sunrise: 07:33
Sunset: 17:39
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Staying dry with variable cloud, some clear or sunny spells developing. Cold and windy over the tops with a severe wind chill.

Maximum wind speed expected

South or Southeast 25 to 35mph

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

60 to 80%, patches or occasional cloud with bases 600 to 900m.

Temperature

  • At 800m Minus 3 Celsius
  • Glen Minus 1 rising to 3 Celsius
  • Freezing level Surface to 400m

Visibility

Good or very good, occasionally poor or very poor over the tops.

Saturday 24 February 2018

Sunrise: 07:30
Sunset: 17:41
Moon phase: First quarter

Dry with sunny or clear spells. Cold and windy, freezing at most levels. Fresh to strong southeast winds at height.

Sunday 25 February 2018

Sunrise: 07:28
Sunset: 17:44
Moon phase: First quarter

Dry with variable cloud, sunny or clear spells expected. Freezing at most levels. Moderate southeast winds at height.

Monday 26 February 2018

Sunrise: 07:25
Sunset: 17:46
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Mainly dry with sunny or clear spells. Freezing at most levels. Moderate or fresh east or southeast winds at height. Scattered or isolated snow showers possible.

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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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