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 Friday 31st October 2014

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Forecast last updated on Thursday 30th October 2014 at 12:52pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Gales or near gales across the mountains; sudden gusts to lower slopes. Extensive very low cloud and patches of drizzle will break from the south across Wales and N England, and will be confined to higher slopes more northern Highlands.

Headline for West Highlands

Strengthening upland gales. Rain & low cloud, mostly south/west.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly, progressively strengthening from around 40 to 60mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting will make walking increasingly difficult where exposed; in places sudden gusts reaching lower slopes. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain, mainly toward south

Patchy rain all day, particularly Jura, Mull and Loch Lomond NP. Very little if any rain near and north of Glen Spean, and Loch Treig. Then through afternoon, heavy rain enveloping Mull and extending slowly eastwards.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, very low south and west

Broadly extensive cloud across the hills coastal summits and Loch Lomond NP, base sometimes below 250m (mainly coastal areas), mostly 400m. Elsewhere, progressive rise of base northwards; near and north of Glen Spean, most cloud above 1000m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil most of region 20% near/north of Glen Spean.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchy sunshine morning, mainly or only near and north of Glen Spean. Persistent haze; and widely foggy across the mountains.

How Cold? (at 900m)

8 to 10C - but will feel as cold as minus 3 Celsius directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 1st November 2014

Windy on Saturday with a band of rain spreading east in the afternoon. Early next week will see a progressive drop in temperature on the summits; still showers and for some, several hours of constant rain. By Tuesday, some areas dry, and on Wednesday and perhaps Thursday, extensively dry with the wind having dropping. Cold enough for valley frost, and higher Scottish summits sub-freezing. Probably milder as further constant rain followed by showers (mainly west) follows in off the Atlantic later in the week.

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