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 Friday 30th January 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 30th January 2015 at 7:28am

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Summary for all mountain areas

Upland gales or near gales. Snow showers will continue, primarily on mountains with the sea to the north, where snow will be frequent. However, very few showers will extend down the spine of Britain, from the southern highlands southwards.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales; snow showers, most frequent toward coasts.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly, typically 40mph, gusts up to 60mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting and severe wind chill across the hills.

How Wet?

Intermittent snow

Snow showers, most frequent coastal mountains. Fewest showers toward Great Glen.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, particularly coastal areas

Cloud base will vary, and should break off some summits, particularly well inland. But often covering higher areas, and in precipitation as low as 500m, mainly coastal hills.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20%, but 50% toward Great Glen

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional bright sun, mainly well inland toward the Great Glen. Visibility often very good; but appalling, perhaps near zero where in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3C; but will feel as cold as minus 18C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

550m coastal areas, 400m or lower well inland.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 31st January 2015

Cold throughout the coming week. Snow showers, focussed on mountain areas with the sea to the north will continue into next week, but over next week as a whole, there will be substantial fine conditions. Upland winds, still gale force intermittently into next week will then ease. Most terrain will remain frozen most or all next week, but otherwise, weather conditions will become fairly benign.

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