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 27th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 27th March 2015 at 12:28pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Mostly light winds across upland regions, but blustery NW Scotland, where showers of snow and rain will come and go. Elsewhere, apart from a brief drizzly shower it should remain dry, with cloud mainly confined to or above the highest tops; but risk lowering across Wales.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Blustery western tops. Occasional snow/rain.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, in the range 25 to 35mph, strongest western mountains, occasionally nearer 40mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Likely to impede ease of walking, and particularly higher western areas, there may be considerable buffeting.

How Wet?

Snow/rain on and off

Snow showers (rain below about 500m), mostly western mountains where the snow will be very frequent - almost persistent over several hours. Least precipitation toward Great Glen & away from western summits in Sutherland.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher western areas

Persistently shrouding western mountains above 700 to 900m, occasionally lower where precipitation persists. Intermittently lifting to or above 900m toward the east.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west coast; 30% Great Glen & Sutherland.

Sunshine and air clarity?

A little sunshine from time to time, mostly inland during morning. Areas of fog on higher western tops. Visibility good or excellent away from precipitation.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3 rising toward 0C

Freezing Level

600m lifting to around 850m; a slight frost many glens after dawn.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 28th March 2015

Confidence of precise detail remains quite low for Saturday, as an area of low pressure passes quickly east across Britain. Rain and snow clearing east, but expect widespread upland gales. By Sunday and into next week, generally westerly winds, frequently gale force on the mountains, will bring regular precipitation to western mountains in particular. Mostly just higher Scottish summits remaining near or below freezing. Toward the Easter weekend, indications favour periods of north to north-westerly winds, and at least a temporary drop in freezing levels, bringing the risk of snow showers over a day or so.

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