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 27th May 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 26th May 2015 at 4:15pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Continuing chilly for late May. Generally deteriorating from the west as drizzly showers merge into almost constant rain for some areas, and cloud, covering many higher areas most or all day, lowers further. Windy northern Scotland and in the evening near the Irish Sea.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Wind dropping slowly. Rain/low cloud extending slowly NE.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly; will tend to drop slowly from 35mph morning to 25 to on higher tops 30mph late afternoon and evening.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking difficult higher areas morning, but conditions will slowly ease.

How Wet?

Rain or snow higher tops; mainly later in day.

Drizzly on and off western mountains all day. But slowly, with rain will become more frequent from south, initially on and near Skye. However, most hills in Sutherland will have little rain until evening when will slowly deteriorate. Light snow above 950 to 1150m.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, lowest south-west

Increasingly forming below 400 or 500m near west coast to the south of Ullapool. Cloud base typically 600 to 800m elsewhere, and breaks to or above 1000m east of Loch Cluanie to Achnasheen, and in Sutherland until later afternoon or evening.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10% western hills, but until afternoon 60% elsewhere

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional glimpses of sun toward the north and east. Widespread fog higher areas. Well inland, often excellent visibility below cloud

How Cold? (at 900m)

1C, rising to 3C well inland.

Freezing Level

1050m or above

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 28th May 2015

Frequently cold over the next week, with precipitation at some stage on most mountain areas more or less daily. Often this will be as heavy showers, with hail and mainly on the Scottish Highlands, snow on higher areas. There will also be thunder. As the cold weather continues, mainly on the Scottish Highlands, there remains considerable snow cover, this blocking access to some routes. There are strong indications of a reversal in weather pattern around the middle of next week, with pressure building in the vicinity of Britain, to bring fine, and later in the week warm weather.

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