The Northwest Highlands Forecast

Areas north from Knoydart in the west, and the Great Glen towards the east (NB. Does not include Mull and areas west of Loch Linnhe, these are found in the West Highlands forecast.)

Viewing Weather Forecast for Saturday 28th February 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 27th February 2015 at 12:04pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A lull in the wind and a temporary improvement in general weather for a few hours middle of day or into afternoon from west. Rain, or on higher Scottish Highlands snow, low cloud and then severe upland gales will follow later on and overnight.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales easing a little. Snow late in day.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwest, or into the afternoon southerly, 50mph post dawn; easing toward 20 or on higher tops 30mph afternoon - but risk rapid strengthening toward dusk especially on and near Skye, and up to 75mph southern areas overnight.

Effect of wind on you?

Expect difficult walking conditions and severe wind chill on higher areas. But there will be a lull for a few hours in the afternoon.

How Wet?

Snow showers.

Snow showers occasionally, mainly western mountains, although rain below about 500m, later 750m or above. Gradually through the afternoon, areas of constant, though rarely heavy precipitation will extend northeastwards, later setting in on and near Skye.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Cloud base will vary; typically 600m near showers to otherwise 850 to 1050m, with breaks to higher tops, particularly east of Achnasheen and Loch Cluanie. Will drop markedly to or below 400m afternoon westernmost hills south from Torridon.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Intermittent sun, mainly well inland morning. Good visibility, although a haze - but into afternoon extensive fog on and near Skye.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C, later 0 or 1C coastal hills south from Torridon

Freezing Level

700m, but by dusk perhaps up to 1050m on and near Skye.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 1st March 2015

Little change in the weather pattern until the middle of next week: frequent upland gales and considerable precipitation focussed western mountains, particularly the W & NW Highlands. Snow will fall to lower slopes Monday and Tuesday. Later next week, as pressure rises, much drier. Indeed, pressure will remain high close to southern Britain for perhaps a week or more. However, precipitation and periods of upland gales may return to the Scottish Highlands and from the end of next week, one or two periods of significant thaw likely.

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