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 Tuesday 21st October 2014

Forecast last updated on Monday 20th October 2014 at 3:07pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Severe or storm force upland gales across all mountain areas. A brief plunge of cold air will bring sudden squalls with snow and hail to the mountains, very frequent on some western mountains.

Headline for West Highlands

Severe or storm force upland gales. Frequent hail and snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly typically 60mph, gusts 80mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking from glens upward; and on higher areas, particularly near showers, any mobility very difficult. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent snow and hail; lightning

Heavy rain overnight, finishing as snow to perhaps as low as 600m. Throughout daylight: frequent sudden heavy snow (sometimes below 500m) and hail showers; risk thunder. Very wet underfoot; burns & rivers in spate.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Rapid cloud base variation, from briefly shafts of cloud above 300-500m near showers (lowest coastal areas), to between showers, fleetingly clearing some higher tops - mostly central highlands.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun, mainly away from coastal hills. Frequently dense fog - in cloud and snow. At other times, good visibility although a haze.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Varying rapidly between -3C and 0C; will feel as cold as minus 21 Celsius directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Typically 800m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Until after the weekend over Highland Scotland, long bouts of upland gales - and on the W & NW Highlands, frequently raining with cloud shrouding the mountains. Snow on higher summits from Friday onwards. Less windy and wet over mountains in England and Wales, although extensive very low cloud and drizzly rain on Thursday. Then substantially dry - although threat persistent rain south Wales for a period Friday or Saturday.

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