Mountain weather

Northwest Highlands

Northwest Highlands Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for mainly dry, settled conditions Monday turning more unsettled with rain and snow showers from early Tuesday.

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Sunset:
Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

Hazards apply at or above 300m, reflecting the more severe conditions which can occur at altitude.

hazard Severe Chill Effect
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.

hazard Poor Visibility
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.

Mountain weather forecast

A mainly dry and bright day, the chance of an early snow shower. The north wind eases from the morning but the wind will strengthen from the southwest from mid-afternoon.

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather
(at 800m)
Light snow shower (night) Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy (night) Cloudy
Chance of precipitation
(at 800m)
40% 20% 10% <05% 00% 10%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1000m NE
20
NW
11
W
7
SW
12
SW
23
SW
43
900m NE
17
NW
9
W
6
SW
12
SW
23
SW
42
600m NE
8
NW
5
W
4
SW
8
SW
14
SW
29
300m N
4
N
0
W
1
SW
3
SW
3
SW
9
Glen NE
8
NE
1
SW
1
SW
3
SW
6
S
13
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1000m 24 12 9 16 31 55
900m 21 10 9 15 30 54
600m 11 7 7 12 22 42
300m 18 9 7 11 20 36
Glen 17 4 4 8 17 30

Altitude above mean sea level
06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1000m
-4°
-4°
-4°
-4°
-4°
-3°
900m
-3°
-3°
-3°
-3°
-3°
-2°
600m
-1°
-1°
300m
Glen
Freezing Level
300m
300m
400m
400m
300m
500m

Altitude above mean sea level
06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1000m
-12°
-10°
-8°
-10°
-12°
-14°
900m
-10°
-8°
-7°
-8°
-11°
-12°
600m
-5°
-4°
-3°
-4°
-6°
-7°
300m
-2°
-1°
-1°
-2°
Glen

Additional weather information

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

A dry and bright day with easing winds, early cloudy and the chance of an odd snow shower soon clear. The day will feel cold and the wind strengthening from mid-afternoon will increase the chill effect.

Weather

The morning will begin rather cloudy with the chance of the odd snow shower. Any snow showers will clear by mid-morning to leave a dry day with increasing bright or sunny spells.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

40% increasing 85% from late morning.

Low cloud and visibility

The visibility will be mainly very good falling moderate or poor in any early lower cloud and snow showers. Broken cloud 400-600m will soon lift and become patchy 1200m.

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Sunset:

Mountain weather information

Weather

A band of cloud and snow pass southeast overnight. The morning will soon become dry with bright spells but cloud and scattered snow showers build towards midday and continue through the afternoon.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

40%

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwest 55-60mph gust 70mph decreasing west-southwest 45-50mph gust 60mph by evening.

Temperature

  • At 800m Zero Celsius.
  • Glen Plus 1 Celsius rising to plus 8 Celsius.
  • Freezing level 800m.

Low cloud and visibility

Apart from early bright spells cloud will be extensive 400-600m through most of the day. The visibility will be good out with the cloud, falling moderate at times in snow showers.

Mountain weather information

Wed 28 Feb

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Cloudy with the occasional snow shower. Gale force west summit winds with freezing level 800m.

Thu 29 Feb

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Showers merging into longer periods of rain in the southwest, isolated showers elsewhere, snow above 700m. Gale force south summit winds with freezing level 1100m

Fri 1 Mar

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Scattered snow showers, mainly west. Cloudy. Moderate southwest summit winds with freezing level 600m

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Summit specific forecast

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