Highlands & Eilean Siar regional forecast

Highlands & Eilean Siar weather forecast


Cold, mainly dry, bright start. Showery rain, snow later.


Frosty, dry, bright start for most. Majority of mainland central and northern settled into early afternoon, but cloudy skies and showery rain, sleet and snow across far west and south will gradually extend northwards later in day. Breezy in west. Maximum temperature 3 °C.


Dull with occasional rain, which may fall as wet snow to lower levels in heaviest outbreaks. Winds northerly fresh to strong initially across the western coasts and Isles. Minimum temperature 0 °C.


Cloud and showery rain dominating the morning, with snow level possibly penetrating to lower levels in heavier outbreaks. Slowly drier, brighter conditions spreading from the south late in the day. Maximum temperature 5 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Much of Wednesday dry and sunny, but strengthening south to southeast winds bringing rain later Wednesday and overnight. Rain clearing from south Thursday, but further rainbands crossing from south Friday.


UK long range weather forecast

There should be plenty of sunshine around on Friday with temperatures expected to remain above average. However, some coastal showers can be expected before winds increase from the south, accompanied by a spell of rain. Thereafter, it will turn milder and unsettled again as further bands of rain and strong winds edge in from the west. Changeable and sometimes windy conditions will probably last for the rest of the period. Most of the rain will probably be in the west with drier spells more likely in the east and southeast. Snow may occur at times in the north, mainly on high ground. There remains a chance of brief drier, colder interludes, with an increased risk of frost and fog.


Confidence is low throughout this period. Changeable and sometimes windy conditions seem more likely through late December, with the wetter weather in the west and longer drier spells in the east. By the time we go into January, longer spells of more widely dry, quiet and bright weather are possible, especially for southern and central areas, with the northwest more likely to remain unsettled. Temperatures should be near to or somewhat above average overall, but with the usual day to day variations. However in quieter spells, it is likely to be colder generally, with an increased risk of frost and fog.


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