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 1st April 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 31st March 2015 at 9:31pm

Tomorrow | Thursday | Friday

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to northwesterly, 40 to 50mph, occasionally 55mph early morning; gusts 60-65mph. Easing only slowly through the day, toward 25-35mph by late afternoon - least strong coastal mountains, particularly Arran.

Effect of wind on you?

Widespread considerable buffeting on higher areas, particularly morning. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent snow and hail

Showers, falling as snow and in morning hail to lower slopes. Fewer showers afternoon, but risk constant light precipitation Arran.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Cloud base rapidly changing: Rarely lifting off higher areas, and the base suddenly dropping to 600m or lower during precipitation, particularly western mountains. Intermittent breaks toward 1000m well inland.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west coast; 20% well inland

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional brief bursts of sunshine, mostly well inland. The air often very clear, but visibility appalling where in cloud and snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C; feeling as cold as minus 20 Celsius where exposed to wind in morning.

Freezing Level

500m

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 2nd April 2015

On Thursday the strongest winds will ease markedly, particularly for Scotland where it will be mainly dry. Precipitation will still come and go for Wales. By Good Friday, areas of early rain and snow will slowly break up for many areas. Easter weekend will bring much quieter weather, with light winds and dry conditions; some uncertainty by Monday as weak fronts approach western Scotland. Although the freezing level will rise above most summits, the Scottish Highlands in particular will broadly remain in 'winter' condition through the weekend, with at least part frozen terrain and recent snow on higher areas, which will melt only slowly.

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