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 Tuesday 21st April 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 7:29am

Summary for all mountain areas

Staying dry and bright with light winds overall. Extensive low cloud in north-west Scotland, but elsewhere very little cloud, and the hills widely clear. Beware sunburn in strong sunshine.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Blustery early in day. Extensive low cloud west.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, typically 15 to 25mph, but locally 30mph for a few hours after dawn. By afternoon, on Skye & south from Torridon, dropping to 10mph or less.

Effect of wind on you?

Mostly small; but at first may impede ease of walking, particularly higher northern tops.

How Wet?

Rain unlikely

Typically dry. Rare pockets of light rain or drizzle, most likely western mountains north of Ullapool.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive; lowest west

Most western hills shrouded by cloud above about 600 to 800m, but areas of cloud will shroud coastal areas as low as 300m. Inland toward Great Glen & Kintail, cloud base lifting, becoming confined to or above higher tops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west; 30% near Great Glen.

Sunshine and air clarity?

The sun may come through occasionally inland. Foggy higher areas; but on lower slopes visibility mostly very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 or 4C where in cloud, rising to 7C toward Great Glen.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Extensively dry weather continues during Wednesday and Thursday, with good amounts of sunshine and light winds. However, the north-western Scottish Highlands will see frequent cloudy skies, often shrouding the mountains. Elsewhere most tops will be widely clear. Friday onward: a change to more unsettled conditions is expected, as fronts move in from the south-west. Gradually, a cyclonic north-westerly pattern may develop, bringing much cooler air and possible snow showers to the Scottish Mountains.

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