Mountain weather

Northwest Highlands

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Northwest Highlands Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for dry and fine weather on Saturday. Low for detail for Sunday and Monday with extent of any rainfall.

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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 Strong sunlight
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.

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

Dry with some sunshine.

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Additional weather information

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Feeling quite warm in afternoon sunshine at lower elevations.

Weather

Dry throughout with some spells of sunshine.

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

90%, little in the way of cloud expected on summits

Visibility

Very good with great air clarity

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Low confidence for detail. A cloudy day expected with some occasional light rain, this mostly across the south and west of the area. A little sleet or wet snow possible at first on the highest tops. Cold wind at height.

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

50%. Best conditions expected across the east.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southerly 25 mph

Temperature

  • At 800m Zero rising to plus 3 Celsius
  • Glen Plus 3 rising to 11 Celsius
  • Freezing level 800 metres rising above summits

Visibility

Poor in extensive low cloud between 600 and 800 metres, this extensive in across the south and west, but much more broken in the east with a better chance of breaks here. Low confidence in the extent of low cloud.

Mountain weather information

Monday 19 April

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Low confidence for detail but expected to be cloudy with rain at times, perhaps turning more widespread and persistent later.

Tuesday 20 April

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Early cloud, rain and summit snow clearing away then a few wintry showers and some afternoon brightness. Cold northwesterly wind at height.

Wednesday 21 April

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Mainly dry with some sunshine, the odd wintry shower. Light winds.

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