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

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread upland gales or severe gales will ease slowly as an intense low passing close to NW Scotland in morning moves away NE. Areas of heavy rain will give way to showers, mainly Scotland. Cloud base will tend to rise.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Severe upland gales; rain and snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South veering westerly by or soon after midday. Mostly 50 to 75mph, but later in afternoon 40mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking frequently difficult even at low levels, and any mobility difficult where exposed higher up. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow and rain

Precipitation most or all morning; then easing to become more showery. Temporarily rain to highest summits, but level to which snow falls will drop erratically to reach 500m later in day.

Cloud on the hills?

Persistent most or all day

There may be one or two short periods when cloud breaks to higher slopes, but generally cloud base between 450 and 750m western mountains, and 500 to 850m east of Achnasheen to Loch Cluanie.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sun afternoon. Persistent fog higher areas; frequently hazy below cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Temporarily 2 or 3C, but from mid to late morning, erratically dropping to reach -1C later in afternoon. Will feel as cold as -16C in the wind.

Freezing Level

Just above the summits post dawn; will drop to 750m by late afternoon.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 29th March 2015

Frequent upland gales and precipitation on all mountain areas on the run up to Easter. Most precipitation will be on western mountains, often of snow on higher areas, particularly the Scottish Highlands. But there may be a long periods of showery weather when snow will fall to some lower slopes mid-week next week, with freezing level typically 500 to 700m, highest Wales.

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