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 Wednesday 1st April 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 31st March 2015 at 9:31pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Windy most mountain areas, although a gradual drop across hills in N England and S Scotland. Snow showers, to lower slopes across Scottish Highlands, elsewhere, rain on and off, but snow higher slopes. Borders and perhaps west to Galloway dry.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales; severe wind chill. Frequent snow and hail.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to northwesterly, 40 to 50mph, occasionally 55mph early morning; gusts 60-65mph. Easing only slowly through the day, toward 35mph by late afternoon.

Effect of wind on you?

Widespread considerable buffeting; at times mobility difficult on higher areas, particularly morning. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent snow and hail; risk lightning

Clusters of heavy and squally showers, falling as snow and hail to lower slopes, may be very frequent, and merge into near constant precipitation over several hours, giving whiteout. Risk thunder morning.

Cloud on the hills?


Cloud base rapidly changing: Rarely lifting off higher areas, and the base suddenly dropping to 600m or lower during precipitation, particularly western mountains. Intermittent breaks toward 1000m well inland.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west coast; 20% well inland

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional brief bursts of sunshine, mostly inland. The air very clear, but visibility appalling where in cloud and also snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

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

Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 2nd April 2015

On Thursday the strongest winds will ease markedly, particularly for Scotland where it will be mainly dry. Precipitation will still come and go for Wales. By Good Friday, areas of early rain and snow will slowly break up for many areas. Easter weekend will bring much quieter weather, with light winds and dry conditions; some uncertainty by Monday as weak fronts approach western Scotland. Although the freezing level will rise above most summits, the Scottish Highlands in particular will broadly remain in 'winter' condition through the weekend, with at least part frozen terrain and recent snow on higher areas, which will melt only slowly.

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