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Viewing forecast for Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

Forecast last reviewed on Wednesday, 16/04/14 at 16:21

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Headline, The Northwest Highlands

Windy; local upland gales. Low cloud/rain, mainly west.

How Windy?

Southerly, in the range 30 to locally 45mph gusts 60mph - the strongest winds near major ridges and summits.

Effect Of Wind?

Local sudden gusts lower slopes, although winds fairly widely light. On higher areas, where exposed, difficult walking conditions and significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain, mainly west

Substantially dry morning and well inland in afternoon. But drizzly rain breaking out Skye and nearby mainland by midday and slowly enveloping western hills, mainly south of Ullapool. Little rain elsewhere.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive west; very little elsewhere

Across most of the region cloud largely confined above 900m and often above the summits. But cloud soon shrouding Skye and nearby coastal summits above 450m. This will slowly extend to western hills south of Ullapool and later cloud will lower western hills Sutherland.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10% western hills south of Ullapool; 70% elsewhere

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little if any sunshine. Becoming widely foggy higher western areas south of Ullapool. Haze elsewhere.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2 to 4C, lowest where in cloud.

Freezing level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Friday, 18th April, 2014

Wind speeds low through most of the Easter Weekend, and increasingly turning easterly. The Weekend will be substantially dry on the mountains. However, rain will spread into Wales and later N England (possibly Southern Uplands) on Sunday. The detail for Monday is uncertain. Most likely rain will reach the Scottish Highlands, but some or most areas will have very little, whilst showery elsewhere. Fairly mild with sustained slow snowmelt Scottish Highlands.

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