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 Sunday 24th May 2015
Forecast last updated on Saturday 23rd May 2015 at 4:26pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Extensive low cloud and drizzle England & Wales in morning, improving slowly from north. Often dry central and eastern Scottish Highlands, but a few showers (of snow higher tops) will come and go in western Scotland. Wind fairly light, but blustery higher northern tops.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Blustery tops. A few showers - snow higher areas. Persistent cloud.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly typically 35mph, strongest toward north; around 30mph areas south of Torridon.

Effect of wind on you?

Small lower areas, but on particularly northern higher areas, expect considerable buffeting.

How Wet?

Showers; snow higher tops

Occasional showers, mostly light, but particularly western mountains, may be frequent over a few hours; of snow above about 800m.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, lowest base west

Persistent cloud above 800 to 1000m, highest bases inland and east, perhaps breaking off a few summits in Sutherland, but occasionally below 600m near showers on western hills.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% west; 40% east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun; mainly valleys well inland. Excellent visibility below cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 25th May 2015

During the first half of next week, low cloud will persistently shroud many western mountains, accompanied by an occasionally brisk west or northwesterly breeze, as a series of weak fronts drift around an area of high pressure lying southwest of Britain. Very little precipitation overall, but drizzly rain (occasionally snow higher Scottish summits) will come and go in the West Highlands. Locally still notable snow cover higher Scottish mountains, will thin only slowly. Later in the week, still chilly and generally wetter as area of low pressure moves gradually toward northern Scotland.

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