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 27th January 2015
Forecast last updated on Monday 26th January 2015 at 1:55pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Blanket low cloud becoming increasingly extensive on western mountains. Patchy drizzly rain, or sleet highest tops, but amounting to very little toward east. Blustery winds, reaching gale force on Scottish summits.

Headline for West Highlands

Upland gales strengthening. Low cloud; occasional drizzly rain or sleet.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West backing southwesterly, 35-40mph early morning, strengthening through the day, by late afternoon to 50 or locally 60mph, but nearer 45mph hills nearest Clyde sea lochs.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting on higher areas; later any mobility may be arduous. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Drizzly rain; sleety tops

Patchy light rain on and off, particularly western mountains, becoming persistent by afternoon; sleet initially higher areas, mostly all becoming rain up to 1000m.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive; low cloud west

Blanket low cloud on western mountains, base tending to lower and increasingly shroud hills from lower slopes up near coast, slightly higher inland, 700-800m central highlands.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil west; 10% inland.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine unlikely. Extensively foggy on the hills.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C, perhaps rising slightly above freezing.

Freezing Level

Around 800m, later rising slowly toward 1000m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 28th January 2015

Upland winds frequently near gale force this week, perhaps occasionally easing toward the weekend as a low pressure becomes a broader feature across Britain. From Wednesday on, much colder conditions will extend south to all areas, with snow to lower slopes, most concentrated on northern and western facing mountains. A cold pattern is very likely to last through the weekend and into early next week, with most terrain remaining frozen.

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