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 Tuesday 31st March 2015
Forecast last updated on Monday 30th March 2015 at 2:19pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Severe upland gales will produce significant wind chill and widely difficult walking conditions. Snow and hail showers for all regions, most frequent across western mountains, giving whiteout; risk of thunder and lightning.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Severe upland gales. Snow and hail; risk lightning.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 45 to 60mph, gusts 75mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting from lower slopes up; walking and skiing arduous on higher areas. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent snow and hail; risk lightning

Snow and hail showers one after another, falling to glen level; over several hours precipitation may rarely cease. Risk whiteout and thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Frequently covering tops

Rapidly varying cloud base; rare views from higher summits, particularly well inland (from west coast), but shafts of cloud above 500m near showers, and frequently 800 to 1000m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west coast; 20% inland.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sunshine. The air very clear - but visibility suddenly poor in snow and appalling where also in cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-5C; feeling colder than minus 20 Celsius where directly exposed to strongest wind.

Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 1st April 2015

Wednesday will continue to see upland gales and frequent snow showers, although by Thursday conditions ease, particularly for Scotland, with lighter winds and fewer showers. Toward Easter weekend, a building area of high pressure brings the prospect of quieter but still cold conditions, although there are uncertainties by Monday. For the rest of this week, and also the Easter weekend, many upland areas, particularly the Scottish Highlands will remain in 'winter' condition, with frozen or part frozen terrain and recent snow on higher areas, which will melt only slowly.

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