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 Wednesday 15th August 2018
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 1:43pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Strong southwesterly winds, reaching near gale force on some tops, will result in low cloud shrouding the hills, extensively and to lower slopes in the west where rain and drizzle will be frequent. Highest cloud bases likely over the Cairngorms.

Headline for West Highlands

Dull, wet and blustery with frequent rain and extensive hill fog.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 25 to 35mph, perhaps 40mph for periods on higher, particularly summits toward the coast.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking arduous across the hills, and on some higher coastal areas progress difficult.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Rain frequently most or all day

Rain will come in frequently through the day across the hills. Initially the legacy of overnight rain will linger through much of the morning, before being followed by frequent showers in the afternoon that will merge at times.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive but base gradually rising

Extensive fog across the hills after dawn; forming lower slopes western mountains and across Loch Lomond NP. Will improve, most likely middle of day or afternoon when base will rise to 900 to 1100m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Dull before later in the day, patchwork of sunshine gradually develops. Widely poor visibility before become very good later in day.

How Cold? (at 900m)

11C later dropping to 7C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 16th August 2018

Rain (a mix of showery days and those when rain sets in for a few hours) at some stage most days over the coming week or so. The heaviest and most persistent rain will be on western mountains, where fog will frequently shroud higher areas. Bands of upland gales or near gales will come through; the windy conditions most prolonged on the Scottish Highlands.

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