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 Monday 27th April 2015
Forecast last updated on Sunday 26th April 2015 at 3:57pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Very cold air, bringing snow and hail showers (temporarily constant Scottish Highlands), but also bright sun all mountain areas. Coldest air will be Scotland, where snow may briefly settle even into the valleys. Winds will be strong at times resulting in considerable wind chill likely.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Snow and hail showers. Some bright sunshine. Risk squalls.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Variable often less than 15mph but possibly later southwesterly 30mph on and near Skye.

Effect of wind on you?

Mostly small.

How Wet?

Snow and hail; risk lightning

Snow and hail showers to glen level. There may be a substantial period without showers, but from about Torridon southwards, significant risk of the precipitation becoming frequent or near constant giving whiteout and in places also thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

May clear most summits

Confidence moderate: Cloud may well lift to or above higher summits for much of the day. But shafts of cloud below 600m near showers, and perhaps suddenly extensive where precipitation becomes widespread.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sunshine, but cloud will build and may cut out the sun south of about Ullapool in afternoon. Superb visibility, but appalling or near zero in cloud and snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

300 to 500m, generally highest afternoon. Frost glens morning and again by dusk.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 28th April 2015

Very cold most of the time at least until next weekend 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 likely tracks of these uncertain until shortly before the event.

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