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 1st February 2015
Forecast last updated on Saturday 31st January 2015 at 2:12pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Upland gales will lead to widespread severe wind chill. Snow and hail showers, most frequent north and north-western areas of Scotland and Wales. Inland areas of Scotland, also Pennines, will remain substantially dry with bright sunshine.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Upland gales; severe wind chill. Snow & hail showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North or northwesterly 40mph, or locally 50mph at dawn, dropping only slowly through day toward 35 or perhaps 30mph near west coast at dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking/skiing difficult on higher areas, and severe wind chill, particularly morning.

How Wet?

Snow and hail showers

Snow and hail showers throughout the day, although fewer in the afternoon, when often only flurries will reach summits toward the Great Glen. Whiteout, mainly coastal hills. Small risk a rumble of thunder near coast in morning.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Frequently covering higher slopes as cloud base changes quickly. Near precipitation, shafts of cloud below 700m, but particularly afternoon toward Great Glen, summits may well increasingly clear.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% Sutherland & west coast; 70% near Great Glen/Kintail

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of bright sun, most widely well inland in the afternoon. Excellent or superb visibility, but suddenly appalling in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-7C Feeling as cold as minus 25 Celsius where directly exposed to strongest wind.

Freezing Level

Near or below freezing point from glens upward. Slight thawing lower coastal and sunlit slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 2nd February 2015

Cold throughout the coming week with snow substantially remaining in place on the mountains and most terrain remaining frozen. By Tuesday or Wednesday onward, substantially fine with winds easing markedly, although toward next weekend, one or two temporary deteriorations, most extensively across the Scottish Highlands as weakening fronts bring temporarily stronger winds and snow (rain lower western areas).

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