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 5th May 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 7:47am

Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread rain (or snow higher Scottish tops) across northern Britain; likely most persistent southern & eastern highlands. Extensive low cloud. Expect strong upland winds, but there may be a lull for a few hours. Heavy bursts of rain Snowdonia & Pennines.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Often windy. Dry for many hours - rain arriving later from south.

How windy? (On the Munros)

East or later north to northeasterly, 30 to 40 or locally 45-50mph, particularly late in day.

Effect of wind on you?

Will impede walking on higher areas, and at times make walking difficult. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain developing from south

Substantially dry for several hours, particularly Sutherland. But will deteriorate from south as rain spreads northwards. Snow mainly confined above 900m.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little until late

Summits, particularly west frequently cloud free. But as rain develops, so cloud will lower onto the hills, eventually forming from lower slopes more eastern areas north from Ben Wyvis.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60% west; 40% east. Widely dropping to 20% later.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Hazy sunshine will give way from south as high level cloud thickens. Excellent visibility, but fog will develop increasingly from south later.

How Cold? (at 900m)

1 to 3C

Freezing Level

1050m or mostly above.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 6th May 2015

Widespread upland gales during Wednesday, accompanied by bursts of heavy rain (snow Scottish tops). By Thursday, showers continue in the far north-west, although the winds will tend to ease, particularly for England and Wales. Toward the weekend, there is a good deal of uncertainty, with a threat of rain during Saturday. Next week, indications favour a west to south-westerly pattern, bringing mixed, but often mild or warm conditions.

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