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 Friday 22nd May 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 22nd May 2015 at 3:56pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Extensive low cloud and a little drizzly rain concentrated on western mountains will gradually clear from the north as a weakening front progresses southwards. Winds; approaching gale force higher Scottish Highland summits will also ease, particularly west in evening.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Wind gradually easing. Low cloud mostly clearing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly mostly 35 to 40mph, but dropping to 25-30mph late afternoon and from west evening to 20mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking difficult where exposed on higher areas, at least until late in day. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain (snow higher areas) clearing

Rain on and off post-dawn, mainly coastal mountains will fizzle out from the north. In Sutherland, risk brief showers afternoon or evening. A little snow above 600m.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive before mostly clearing

Widespread low cloud post dawn; forming from lower slopes upward some west coastal hills. Will during morning break, initially slowly, from the north. In afternoon there may well be only rare fragments on higher tops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% late morning to 70% late afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of bright sun will extend south in morning. Fog widely on the hills will clear with the visibility becoming excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 or 1C

Freezing Level

850 to 1000m, lowest far north.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 23rd May 2015

A series of weak fronts will progress southeast around an area of high pressure lying southwest of Britain. The result will be intermittent low cloud shrouding mainly western mountains and rain from time to time, mainly W & NW Highlands. Still intermittently cold enough for snow highest Scottish tops. Still chilly and generally wetter later next week, and as area of low pressure moves gradually toward Scotland.

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