West Highlands Forecast

Western Highlands accessible from, and south of, Glenfinnan (Road to the Isles) and Glen Spean (includes Creag Meagaidh). This area include Ben Nevis and the mountains around Glencoe. In the east, includes Ben Alder south to Loch Lomond and Trossachs NP. Includes Arran and Mull.

Viewing Weather Forecast for Thursday 19th October 2017
Forecast last updated on Thursday 19th October 2017 at 7:20am

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Summary for all mountain areas

A complex picture across the British Isles, with a damp southerly air mass and various fronts drifting slowly northwards. Extensive low cloud covering many hills, with patchy drizzle, or locally persistent rain. Some cloud breaks in far north. Deteriorating later in Wales.

Headline for West Highlands

Blustery, especially west. Rain may linger west & south.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly 25-35mph, but intermittently nearer 40mph, particularly morning and on western coastal mountains.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking impeded across higher areas, at times arduous conditions, with sudden buffeting to lower slopes north of major ridges.

How Wet?

Rain on and off, most persistent south & west

Remnants of overnight rain likely to leave patches of rain or drizzle into the daytime, which may linger on coastal hills, also areas nearest the central belt, where risk of rain filling in again from the west, turning increasingly heavy later. In Lochaber, may be largely dry much of the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive; lowest south & west

Shrouding many hills above 500-700m for much of the day, lowest bases around the west coast & Loch Lomond NP; but may break up and lift above 900m near & north of Glen Spean.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% south & west; 40% north.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Overcast; only isolated bursts of weak sunshine. Visibility often poor, but may well improve for several hours.

How Cold? (at 900m)

6 or 7C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 20th October 2017

Late Friday into Saturday, another Atlantic storm threatens widespread heavy rain and gales, especially England & Wales. A changeable outlook continues: south to south-westerly winds dominating into next week, with frequent rain on all western mountains, but the most prolonged falls perhaps focused on England & Wales rather than Scotland. Fairly mild overall; occasional sleet or snow only temporarily on highest tops.

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