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 3rd March 2015
Forecast last updated on Monday 2nd March 2015 at 1:54pm

Tomorrow | Wednesday | Thursday

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwest veering westerly, 40 increasing to 55 or 60mph, strongest into the afternoon. Risk gusts 70 or 80mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Expect considerable buffeting and severe wind chill; making walking difficult on higher areas.

How Wet?

Snow and hail rarely ceasing; risk lightning

Near constant snow or hail on western mountains, likely setting in for several hours. Risk thunder and whiteout. Sleet lowest coastal slopes.

Cloud on the hills?

Often covering tops

Varied cloud bases, but dropping below 600m during heavy precipitation. Occasionally breaks developing to or above 1000m, mostly well inland.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare bursts of sunshine, mostly well inland. Visibility reduced by precipitation; appalling or near zero where in cloud and snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

300m, or 400m near west coast. Slight melting of snow lowest slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 4th March 2015

Remaining cold on Wednesday with further snow and hail showers, although conditions easing. By Thursday, rain and snow on higher areas, particularly western Scotland. A rise in freezing level will result in a steady thaw of lying snow, most substantial lower slopes. Toward the weekend, high pressure building across southern Britain brings widespread milder air. However upland gales are expected across Scotland, and substantial precipitation (mostly rain) particularly the West Highlands; resulting in significant snow melt.

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