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 6th October 2015
Forecast last updated on Monday 5th October 2015 at 4:20pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A complex situation: rain in Scotland becoming confined to north-east. Bursts of torrential rain and thunderstorms developing Wales & southern Pennines. Widespread murk and low cloud, unlikely to clear most hills. Strong southerlies in NE Scotland, otherwise winds easing markedly.

Headline for West Highlands

Wind easing slowly; rain clears northwards, low cloud most hills.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southeasterly, 20 to 25mph, but locally 30-35mph northern areas at first. Easing slowly from south, by early evening to 10-15mph.

Effect of wind on you?

May impede walking some northern tops early in day, but becoming fairly small.

How Wet?

Early rain clearing

Rain persistent across the region at dawn, will clear north-eastwards through the morning, becoming broadly dry rest of daylight, although drizzly rain may drift onto coastal hills south from Mull, particularly evening.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive low cloud, lifting slowly northern areas

Persistent cloud from lower slopes up most areas in morning, the base lifting only slowly, by afternoon inland to around 700-800m southern areas, whilst north across Lochaber, most cloud becoming confined above 800m, and breaks 950m near and north of Glen Spean.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west, 20% by afternoon inland; 40% N.Lochaber.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sun near and north of Glen Spean. Persistent haze lower areas, fog across the mountains, to low levels morning.

How Cold? (at 900m)

8 or 9C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 7th October 2015

Some uncertainty remains for Wednesday - rain threatens to persist eastern Highlands, perhaps also Borders. Improving from west, but temperatures falling, and freezing levels briefly near higher Scottish summits later and early Thursday. Pressure builds across England and Wales Thursday & Friday, giving fair conditions, although low cloud many western mountains. Toward weekend and beyond, high pressure building toward the east may bring renewed settled weather for several days.

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