Mountain weather

Northwest Highlands

Northwest Highlands Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for windy conditions developing during Sunday with rain for a time. Then for cold, showery, windy weather on Monday and Tuesday.

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This evening forecast

Mainly dry this evening long clear periods. Westerly winds freshening on the tops.

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Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

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

hazard Gales
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.

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.

Mountain weather forecast

Mainly cloudy. Rain for a time in the afternoon. Becoming windy.

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Weather
(at 800m)
Partly cloudy (night) Partly cloudy (night) Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Light rain Light shower (day) Light shower (night)
Chance of precipitation
(at 800m)
10% 10% 10% 20% 40% 80% 40% 40%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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1000m W
17
W
21
W
24
SW
32
SW
40
SW
44
W
41
W
35
900m W
17
W
21
W
23
SW
31
SW
38
SW
41
W
39
W
33
600m SW
10
W
13
SW
15
SW
21
SW
28
SW
29
W
27
W
22
300m W
3
W
4
W
5
SW
8
SW
11
SW
9
W
12
W
9
Glen S
2
W
4
SW
7
SW
11
SW
16
SW
15
W
19
W
16
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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1000m 23 27 31 40 53 58 56 46
900m 22 27 29 39 51 54 53 44
600m 15 19 21 30 40 42 42 33
300m 15 17 20 29 39 39 42 34
Glen 7 12 16 23 31 33 37 32

Altitude above mean sea level
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1000m
900m
600m
300m
10°
11°
11°
11°
Glen
10°
11°
11°
13°
14°
13°
13°
11°
Freezing Level
1,700m
2,400m
2,500m
2,500m
1,800m
2,800m
1,700m
1,300m

Altitude above mean sea level
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1000m
-1°
-2°
-1°
-1°
-2°
-1°
-2°
-5°
900m
-1°
-3°
600m
300m
Glen
10°
10°
10°
10°
11°
10°
10°

Additional weather information

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Walking conditions will become difficult by the afternoon. Feeling cold with gales developing then rain for a time.

Weather

Mainly dry and becoming rather cloudy overnight and on Sunday morning. A band of rain will spread southeastwards across all ranges in the afternoon, heavy for a short time and accompanied by westerly gales. Clearer, showery weather following by evening.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

60% although 30% for a time in the afternoon.

Low cloud and visibility

Good visibility during morning with occasional cloud cover about 700m, the main canopy of cloud mostly above the tops. Clouds will become extensive for a time in afternoon around 600 to 700m with poorer visibility as rain moves through.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

A cold and windy day in the hills with blustery showers, mostly over north Highlands, wintry above about 900m. Driest, brightest weather will be over Knoydart and hills towards Great Glen.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

60%, best in south of area.

Maximum wind speed expected

Northwesterly winds with average speeds of 30 to 40mph with gusts 50 to 60mph.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 4 Celsius.
  • Glen 4 Celsius rising to 12 Celsius.
  • Freezing level 1000m.

Low cloud and visibility

Away from showers the visibility will be very good with occasional cloud cover about 700m. Clouds will become extensive as showers come along, especially over north Highlands with briefly poor visibility.

Mountain weather information

Tue 27 Sep

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Sunshine and further showers, wintry on the tops. Staying cold with northwesterly gales across the summits.

Wed 28 Sep

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Bright spells and still some showers. Lighter northwest winds on the tops with the freezing level lifting above the summits.

Thu 29 Sep

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Mainly dry and bright with light winds at all levels. Rain and strengthening winds moving in from the Atlantic late in the day.

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Summit specific forecast

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