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Observations from mountain summits

Friday 24th March 07:00 GMT
Cairngorm (1245m) -3.3C  Not available
Aonach Mor (1130m) -1.8C WSW  18mph
Cairnwell (933m) -0.6C WNW 18mph
Great Dun Fell (N. Pennines) (847m) -0.1C ESE    15mph
Bealach na ba (Wester Ross) (773m)  0.2C SW     23mph

Meet our forecasters this Saturday (25th) at:

Skills for the Hills: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 10.00 to 16.30

Skills for the Hills, organised by Mountain Aid, working with Mountaineering Scotland, will take place on Saturday at Glasgow's Royal Concert Halls.
Jim Kinnell, of Mountain Aid, said: "This will be a great event whether you are an experienced mountaineer or whether you are just thinking about starting to go hill walking. 
With the days getting longer and spring just around the corner, this is the time when people really start to think about getting out into the hills and we are expecting over 2000 people on the day."

Full details at

Planning video

Updated Friday 24th March

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 on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

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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Upcoming MWIS exhibition at Mountaineering Scotland's Skills for the Hills event

Skills for the Hills - Scotland's biggest gathering of outdoor organisations and mountain enthusiasts - will take place on Saturday 25 March, 10am to 4.30pm at the Royal Concert Halls, Glasgow. Over thirty of Scotland's leading outdoor organisations, including the Mountain Weather Information Service, will be joining forces this March for the biggest event of its kind, aiming to equip all those who love the Scottish outdoors with the skills they need to venture out safely.

An entrance fee of £2 per adult and £1 per child will allow access to all the stands, workstations, talks and lectures, plus the chance to win a variety of exclusive prizes.

Full details of the event programme can be found on the Mountain Aid website at

In association with
Mountaineering Council of Scotland sportscotland Association of Mountaineering Instructions