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Ullapool midge menace peaks, according to Smidge data


By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Ullapool midges have reached their worst, according to a forecast map for the Scottish insect.

Midge repellent brand Smidge gathers data for their Midge Forecast map by setting midge traps and mini-weather stations across Scotland, using a scale of 1-5 to illustrate how intense the midges are in each area.

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Currently, all of Wester Ross is entirely facing levels four and five. The worst spots are Ullapool, Achnasheen, Torridon and Lochcarron, which are all facing a midge level five at the time of writing.

However, the entire east coast of the Highlands is only facing a level one midge forecast — meaning the menacing flies are nearly non-existent in those areas.

If you are keen to avoid the midges, then the weather to dodge according to Smidge is humidity, still conditions, dawn, dusk, cloud cover, as well as a warm and wet early autumn.

Weather that will keep the Scottish bugs at bay is wind, sunny days and a hot July.


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