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 Friday 23rd August 2019
Forecast last updated on Thursday 22nd August 2019 at 4:35pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Strong to gale force winds across Scottish mountains in the morning, becoming confined to the northwest. Rain in the W/NW Highlands from dawn will fade and pull away northwards. Low cloud and patchy drizzle continues to affect many western hills of Britain, but some breaks tending to form, best toward eastern hills.

Headline for West Highlands

Windy, gales for a time. Drizzly rain, low cloud lifting.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 25 to 35mph, risk 40-45mph for a few hours in morning.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking fairly arduous at times across the hills, especially in the morning. Strongest winds not necessarily on higher tops.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

A little rain or drizzle

Rain locally persistent and heavy around dawn west of Loch Linnhe, but soon fading to just patches of drizzle on western coastal hills, leaving much of the region largely dry through the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive at first, breaks forming through day.

Cloud will cover most mountains extensively from dawn, to lower slopes around west coast. Bases will gradually lift through the day, and by afternoon breaks forming to 800-1000m, highest well inland also around Glen Spean.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% rising to 40%, or 70% well inland afternoon.

Sunshine?
Air clarity (below cloud)

Mostly cloudy; glimpses of sun may come through from south. Visibility poor where rain occurs in morning, tending to improve, but leaving a general haze particularly around coast.

How Cold? (at 900m)

9 rising to 11 or 12C, warmest inland across Lochaber where cloud breaks.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 24th August 2019

Southerly winds over the next few days will bring much warmer temperatures than recent weeks, and feeling humid. A few showers may affect western Scottish coasts on Saturday, but most places will be dry through the weekend and Monday, with light winds and sunshine, hazy at times. Many hills often free of low cloud. By Tuesday into midweek, as fronts edge back in from the west, bursts of rain are likely to develop, locally thundery. Southwesterly winds are expected to prevail later in the week, with rain at times, most frequent in W/NW Scotland. Some windy days with possible gales for the Highlands.

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