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.
Forecast last updated on Friday 19th December 2014 at 12:40pm
How windy? (On the Munros)
West or northwesterly, 55-60mph morning, easing slowly from west, 40mph afternoon, perhaps lower west of Loch Linnhe and Mull to Arran.
Effect of wind on you?
Walking very difficult from lower slopes up most of the day, though some easing. Severe wind chill.
Snow showers clearing; mainly morning
A scattering of showers, of hail, and snow above about 500m, may be frequent for a few hours. Through the day, showers becoming increasingly rare.
Cloud on the hills?
Varied base, rarely clearing higher tops
Cloud base very varied; although rarely below 600m, and intermittently clearing above 1000m away from showers.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Sunshine and air clarity?
Bursts of sunshine, before high level cloud thickens from the west. The air very clear, but visibility temporarily appalling near showers.
How Cold? (at 900m)
-1C. Will feel as cold as minus 17 Celsius directly in the wind in morning.
All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 21st December 2014
The outlook for the Christmas period is complicated (to say the least). Over the last few days model forecasts have shown a significant bias toward cold conditions (very low freezing level) after Christmas. The timing and longevity of this is very uncertain: A significant minority of model forecasts suggest several very cold days toward New Year, whilst others bring milder conditions back in, at least intermittently. Until then frequent upland gales, rain, or in Scotland intermittently snow falling to lower slopes.