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 Sunday 26th April 2015
Forecast last updated on Saturday 25th April 2015 at 3:29pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Very cold air, bringing snow and hail showers, but also bright sunshine, will have enveloped all mountain areas. Coldest air will be Scotland, where snow will fall into the valleys. Winds mostly fairly light, but will vary, with locally sudden buffeting and considerable wind chill likely.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Snow/hail showers; occasionally frequent. Wind speed varying.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North backing in afternoon toward westerly, varying through day from 15 to 30mph Sutherland, and 10 to 25mph on and near Skye.

Effect of wind on you?

Often small, but particularly Sutherland, periods of buffeting likely, particularly near showers.

How Wet?

Snow & hail showers; risk lightning

Snow and hail showers; ranging from periods of rare flurries, to the risk of an hour or two of frequent sometimes heavy precipitation giving temporary whiteout. Considerable risk of thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied, intermittently covering tops

Cloud base will change rapidly: will intermittently clear the summits, but shafts of cloud below 600m during heavy precipitation - and locally frequently for an hour or two.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of bright sunshine for periods. The air very clear indeed, but visibility suddenly appalling where in cloud and also snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

350m, but away from precipitation, 600m afternoon. Widespread frost in the glens morning and again by dusk.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 27th April 2015

Very cold more or less throughout the coming week with fresh snow across all mountain areas. Most precipitation will be showery, but some showers squally and heavy with hail and thunder. Within the cold air, one or two areas of constant precipitation, bringing significant snow to some areas will occur - although the tracks of this is at this stage uncertain.

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