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 Saturday 7th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 6th March 2015 at 12:08pm

Today | Sunday | Monday

Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread gales on the mountains, the wind often storm force Scottish Highlands. Incessant rain much of W & NW Highlands, heavy/torrential south of Ullapool. Rapid snowmelt Scottish Highlands Extensive low cloud on all western mountains.

Headline for West Highlands

Storm force upland winds. Heavy/torrential rain, snowmelt.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 60 to 90mph; perhaps a slight lull below these speeds for a few hours in morning.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking where exposed even at fairly low levels; any mobility tortuous on some higher areas. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Heavy/torrential rain. Flooding likely.

Incessant heavy rain and snowmelt making it very wet underfoot with streams and rivers in spate; flooding, perhaps extensive. Least rain, Arran & near & north/east of the West Highland Line from Corrour to Roy Bridge.

Cloud on the hills?

Persistent; very low west

Blanket very low cloud, near west coast often well below 450m. Higher base progressively east: breaks to 700, rarely 900m, areas accessible from and north/east of the West Highland Line from Corrour to Roy Bridge.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine not expected. Fog across the mountains, well away from west coast below cloud visibility often very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 8th March 2015

Mild for the next week, although a couple of fairly brief periods where higher summits drop below freezing point. Mostly fine across Scotland on Sunday, whilst over England and Wales, rain and low cloud slowly lifts from the north. Rain and upland gales will follow on Monday, whilst Tuesday will be substantially fine, and little wind. Beyond, low cloud and occasional rain, mainly W Scotland mid-week, but then as pressure rises, substantially fine across all mountain areas.

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