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Updated Friday 16th February

Our planning videos discuss the weather outlook for the next 5 to 10 days across the UK, and give an insight into how our forecasts are made. Videos are updated twice a week, normally on Tuesday and Friday afternoons or evenings.


Thursday 1st March to Sunday 4th March 2018

Following the phenomenal success of the inaugural event the second Braemar Mountain Festival promises to be a bigger and better Festival. The Festival is a celebration of the mountains in winter and includes workshops on ski touring and telemarking, winter skills and avalanche awareness, low level walking, navigation and fell running. New for 2018 are mountain bike skill sessions and workshops. Geoff Monk; Founder of MWIS will be among the speakers.

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Link to synoptic charts is currently not working

We are aware the link provided from MWIS to a source of the synoptic charts is presently broken. Thank you to all who have also noticed and alerted us. We are hoping the link will be restored quickly.

Observations from mountain summits

Saturday 17th February 07:00 GMT
Cairngorm (1245m)  -4.2C SW 38 gusts 59mph
Aonach Mor (1130m)
Not available
Cairnwell (933m)  -2.0C SW 23 gusts 30mph
Great Dun Fell (N. Pennines) (847m)  -2.3C SW 37 gusts 47mph
Bealach na ba (Wester Ross) (773m)  n/a   n/a

The Mountain Weather Information Service

The Mountain Weather Information Service provides weather forecasts to aid mountain safety for 9 upland regions across the UK.

MWIS forecasts contain detailed and accessible information aimed at both novice and experienced mountain users. We write forecasts largely in the form of warnings; generally when there is little text, the conditions are fairly benign. Where possible we use wording that indicates the impact of the weather on the user, and particularly when there is the possibility of severe conditions, we try to include this eventuality in the forecast as a probability, even when the risk is low.

Forecasts are produced manually using information from a range of forecast models and forecaster knowledge of mountain weather. New forecasts for the next three days are produced by 4:30pm daily, normally earlier in the winter, and amended as necessary.

The production of the Scottish forecasts is fully funded by the Scottish Government through sportscotland.

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