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 Monday 20th January 2020
Forecast last updated on Sunday 19th January 2020 at 4:42pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

High pressure will bring another settled day across England and Wales with fairly sunny skies. However, some banks of valleys fog and across the Lakes banks of low cloud. Across Scotland, extensive low cloud in the west, but some tops poking above cloud. Windy, upland gales in the north.

Headline for West Highlands

Windy, risk gales in north. Extensive hill fog, drizzle. Tops poking above.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to southwest in the range 30 to 45mph, perhaps 55mph at times in the north.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking arduous or at times difficult with significant buffeting and wind chill. Some sudden strong gusts will run downslope.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Areas of drizzle.

Patches of drizzle will come and go across the hills through the day; may become more constant later in the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, tops poking above cloud.

Blanket low cloud from almost glens upwards; best of the breaks in this layer will be across the central highlands. Higher tops will very likely poke above the cloud layer into very clear air.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Mostly cloudy, but widespread hazy sun where tops poke above cloud layer. Widespread murk and very poor viabilities in drizzle. Above cloud, excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

1 to 3C, but feeling closer to -16C in direct exposure to strongest winds.

Freezing Level

Above tops.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 21st January 2020

High pressure will dominate through much of the week, bringing a much drier week, especially across England and Wales. A weakening front will move south on Tuesday bringing some drizzle, most extensive W Scotland, and more especially low cloud to many hills. Although some tops will poke above the cloud. Areas of low cloud from Wednesday onwards with further drizzle in the northwest. Again inversion conditions present with some tops above the cloud. Freezing level often above the tops with considerable snow loss overall. Although a temporary lowering of freezing level on Tuesday N Scotland. Blustery through week across the Highlands, occasional gales in north.

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