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 November 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 27th November 2015 at 12:35pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Upland gales very widely. Precipitation will fall extensively, particularly western mountains, of snow except lowest slopes Scottish Highlands but soon almost all rain elsewhere. Generally more showery later in day. Extensive low cloud, especially west.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Gale or severe upland gales; frequent snow, whiteout.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 45 to 55mph

Effect of wind on you?

Continued very difficult walking conditions on higher areas and severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow, sometimes almost constant; small risk lightning.

A mixture of frequent snow showers and up to 2 or 3 hours in morning when snow rarely ceases. This heavy, particularly western mountains - giving sustained whiteout. Also hail, risk thunder. Rain lowest slopes.

Cloud on the hills?

Persistent across the hills

Cloud shrouding most mountains all day; for periods forming below 350 to 550m, lowest west. However, also breaks, particularly well inland toward 900m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sun well inland. Visibility frequently poor and appalling or near zero where in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3C, temporarily -1C.

Freezing Level

600m rising toward 800m temporarily

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 29th November 2015

A week of frequent upland gales and occasionally storm force upland winds, and particularly on western mountains precipitation at some stage almost daily resulting in considerable rainfall in total. Freeze-thaw cycles will occur on the Scottish Munros: the colder periods most lengthy, allowing snow to accumulate on higher areas. Further south, higher summits occasionally be below freezing point, but lying snow fairly transient. Some forecasts suggest a less wet, but perhaps still windy, period focussed on next weekend (December 5/6).

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