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 25th April 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 24th April 2015 at 4:27pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A band of rain, turning increasingly to snow on higher areas of southern Scotland and northern England will edge slowly south. Brightening skies for much of Scotland, allowing many tops to clear. Showers in the far north-west; risk lightning. Blustery winds will give noticeable wind chill for many areas.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Cold wind, strongest west. Snow & hail showers; risk lightning.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North to northwesterly, 15mph around dawn inland, but near west coast and particularly Skye soon strengthening toward 30mph, locally 40mph in gusts. Elsewhere typically 25-30mph from mid or late morning onward.

Effect of wind on you?

Locally considerable buffeting on higher areas, particularly west. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow and hail showers; risk lightning

Bursts of showery precipitation, falling as snow or hail to almost glen level, may be frequent over a few hours. Risk an occasional rumble of thunder and lightning.

Cloud on the hills?

Higher tops occasionally clear

Variable cloud base; may rarely fully clear higher western summits, although often confined above 1000m inland. Around showers, shafts of cloud dropping below 700m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% west; 40% inland

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional bright sunshine. The air very clear, but visibility very poor where in cloud and also snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-5C; but where directly exposed to strongest wind, may feel like minus 18 Celsius.

Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 26th April 2015

Continued very cold conditions for late April through Sunday and well into the new week. Most precipitation falling as snow or hail, often to very low levels, commonly in the form of heavy showers. Upland winds intermittently reaching gale force, causing severe wind chill.

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