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 Thursday 5th May 2016
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 4th May 2016 at 3:55pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Upland gales in the NW Highlands will ease only slowly. Blustery most of Scotland, but fairly light winds England & Wales. Many areas dry, some sunshine. Showers in north-west Scotland, of snow on higher tops. A zone of low cloud and drizzle affects S.Uplands & Cumbria.

Headline for The Northwest Highlands

Severe upland gales. Occasional showers, mostly west.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly; 45 to 60mph, strongest winds Skye & west coast; local gusts 70mph. Will ease only slowly during afternoon, toward 30mph by dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking conditions and severe wind chill will continue into afternoon; improving slowly later.

How Wet?

Showers, mostly west, snow tops

A few showers near west coast in the morning. By afternoon, precipitation may become frequent over a few hours on western mountains. Snow or soft hail above 750 later 900m.

Cloud on the hills?

Intermittently clearing most tops

Cloud rare below 750m by midday; more typically well broken cloud mostly confined above 900 to 1050m, lowest western summits south from Wester Ross.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50% west; 70% inland & north.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of bright sun, although cloud may increasingly fill in. Very good visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

1C rising to 3 to 5C, highest away from western summits.

Freezing Level

1000m, rising to 1150m or above.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 6th May 2016

Becoming warm this weekend & early next week - valley temperatures widely topping 20C, warmest in western areas. The weekend will see a humid air mass across the country, triggering various plumes of thunderstorms, spreading increasingly northwards. Locally torrential rain may set in for several hours, likely focused on western regions, although precise detail remains uncertain. Next week sees high pressure to the north of Britain, eventually bringing largely dry conditions - although a brisk easterly wind may develop. Snow cover on higher tops will progressively thaw.

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