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Northwest Highlands - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Northwest Highlands over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for rather cold and showery weather for the next few days.

  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Further outlook

Thursday 26 April 2018

Weather hazards

Gales High 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.

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Severe chill effect Medium 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 Medium 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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Thunderstorms Low likelihood Show detail

Lightning is a significant mountain hazard which can result in serious injury or death. Mountain terrain often leaves one highly exposed to lightning strikes. Hail may give unpleasant conditions with torrential rain and localised flash flooding also possible, mainly in Summer months.

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Headline

Cold and windy with wintry showers.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Heavy snow shower day Heavy snow shower day Heavy snow shower day Heavy snow shower day Heavy snow shower day Heavy snow shower day
Chance of precipitation at 800m 40% 60% 60% 60% 40% 30%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m W 28 34 W 27 34 W 29 38 W 27 36 W 22 28 W 19 25
900m W 27 32 W 27 33 W 28 37 W 27 35 W 21 28 W 19 24
600m SW 20 25 W 20 26 W 22 31 W 21 29 W 16 22 W 14 20
300m W 6 23 W 8 25 W 10 30 W 9 28 W 8 21 W 6 15
Glen W 9 20 W 10 22 W 10 26 W 10 27 W 8 19 W 5 13

Temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m -1 ° -1 ° 0 ° 0 ° -1 ° -1 °
900m 0 ° 0 ° 1 ° 1 ° 0 ° 0 °
600m 2 ° 3 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 °
300m 4 ° 5 ° 7 ° 7 ° 5 ° 4 °
Glen 6 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 7 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1000m -9 ° -8 ° -8 ° -8 ° -8 ° -8 °
900m -8 ° -7 ° -6 ° -6 ° -6 ° -7 °
600m -4 ° -3 ° -2 ° -2 ° -3 ° -3 °
300m 1 ° 2 ° 4 ° 4 ° 2 ° 2 °
Glen 3 ° 5 ° 7 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 800 m 900 m 900 m 900 m 900 m 900 m
Sunrise: 05:45
Sunset: 20:56
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Some clear or sunny periods and scattered showers, these falling as snow above 850 metres or so. A few of the showers will be heavy, risk of thunder from late morning.

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

60%. Cloud may be rather persistent at times down to 700 metres along western coastal ranges, but much more broken further inland.

Visibility

Very good with very good air clarity, distant ridges clearly visible. Dropping poor in snow.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Be prepared for winter conditions at height with snow showers and severe wind chill in the strong wind.

Friday 27 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:42
Sunset: 20:58
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Isolated wintry showers at first. Showers breaking out more widely through the morning, becoming slow moving and heavy in the afternoon and early evening. Be prepared for some drenching downpours at lower levels and snow above 800 metres or so.

Maximum wind speed expected

Westerly 25 mph. Winds easing in the afternoon.

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

80%, some cloud down to 700 metres, especially near showers.

Temperature

  • At 800m 0 rising to plus 3 Celsius
  • Glen 0 rising to plus 12 Celsius
  • Freezing level 800 rising to 1000 metres

Visibility

Very good, but becoming hazy in showers. Poor in snow.

Saturday 28 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:40
Sunset: 21:00
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Bright with showers, these wintry above 800 metres. Light winds.

Sunday 29 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:37
Sunset: 21:03
Moon phase: Full

Little change, scattered showers developing by afternoon, wintry above 800 metres. Light winds.

Monday 30 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:35
Sunset: 21:05
Moon phase: Full

Expected to become dry and settled but remaining cold at height.

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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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