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 Sunday 29th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Saturday 28th March 2015 at 12:00pm

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How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly. A prolonged lull, particularly north of Ullapool with speeds around 20mph. Middle of day strengthening 35 to 40mph on and near Skye; these speeds extending NE across region through afternoon.

Effect of wind on you?

Small morning; then from southwest, expect considerable buffeting and significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow showers; temporarily constant snow

Occasional snow showers, mainly western mountains. But middle of day 2 or 3 hours of near constant precipitation on and near Skye will then extend northeast across region - least precipitation Ben Wyvis and eastern summits in far north.

Cloud on the hills?

Very varied, but low base near precipitation

Cloud may well clear many summits particularly inland in morning - and most of day far north. But cloud base middle of day 300-600m on and near Skye will extend NE afternoon, albeit away from western mountains, most cloud forming above 500 to 750m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Varying: typically 20% afternoon, but 80% inland morning.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine will become rare from southwest. Excellent visibility, but will drop from southwest - appalling where in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3C; but will feel as cold as minus 16C directly in the wind later in day.

Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 30th March 2015

Frequent upland gales and precipitation on all mountain areas until mid-week next week. Most precipitation will be on western mountains, often of snow on higher areas, particularly the Scottish Highlands. But there will be a long periods of cold showery weather when snow will fall to lower slopes mid-week, with freezing level typically 500 to 700m, highest Wales. There is now moderate confidence of much 'quieter' weather as pressure builds over Easter. It may remain cold, but substantially dry and winds frequently light.

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