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 Saturday 30th May 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 29th May 2015 at 3:16pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Improving as a transient ridge of high pressure comes in from the west. Winds (strongest Scottish Highlands) will progressively drop to fall light. Clusters of showers and low cloud marking the remnants of a front will slowly break up northern Scotland; otherwise just a few showers.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Improving: wind dropping; cloud base rising; snow showers easing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly; on coastal hills, 25mph post dawn, 10mph middle of day then until almost dusk less than 10mph. The range on easternmost tops: 30 to 20 (midday) and less than 10mph by evening. Windy again overnight.

Effect of wind on you?

Becoming negligible - but walking difficult with significant wind chill well inland.

How Wet?

Showers, nearly all dying out.

Areas of frequent showers, mainly morning, mainly western mountains. Gradually showers will become fewer, by late afternoon, isolated and brief. Snow above 600m to later 950m.

Cloud on the hills?

Cloud lifting and breaking from W

Cloud widely shrouding higher areas morning. Slowly the base will rise and across most of region, by mid-afternoon most cloud confined above 1100m. But here and there on coastal hills cloud will be slow to lift above 700m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% rising gradually to 80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sun slowly, but increasingly developing. Visibility gradually becoming superb; albeit fog many higher areas morning.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0C; rising slowly to 3 or 4C by early evening.

Freezing Level

900m; but slowly lifting above 1200m. Ground frost in a few glens until after dawn.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 31st May 2015

Very cold until about next Wednesday, with precipitation at some stage daily on most mountain areas - falling as a mix of heavy showers and periods of constant precipitation. 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 change in weather pattern around the middle of or later next week, with pressure building in the vicinity of Britain, to bring increasingly fine, and later in the week warm weather - northwest Scotland slowest will be coldest.

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