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 28th January 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 12:40pm

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How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, varying, sometimes quickly, but generally within the range 45 to 70mph; sudden gusts .

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking conditions and severe wind chill. Sometimes in sudden squalls any mobility difficult.

How Wet?

Near constant often heavy snow giving whiteout; lightning

Frequent sudden heavy snow and hail, sometimes almost constant over 2 or 3 hours, particularly western mountains. Whiteout frequent; thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Often shrouding mountains

Rapidly varying cloud base. Rare brief breaks to higher tops, but frequently covering the mountains, and sometimes forming below 500m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sunshine. Visibility briefly excellent, but frequently appalling or near zero where in cloud and snow/blowing snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-5 to -7C; will feel as cold as minus 25C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Soon close to freezing point from inland glens upward, but 300m coastal slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 29th January 2015

Cold conditions will persist until well into next week, although a slight rise in freezing level until Saturday. Snow will be concentrated on northern and western mountains. With several small lows moving south, there will be extensive severe upland gales, although some areas will have a marked lull for a few hours. Much less windy for 2 or 3 days early next week, after which less cold conditions may percolate eastwards.

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