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 Saturday 25th October 2014 at 3:54pm
Summary for all mountain areas
Storm force winds over the Scottish mountains. Gales or severe upland gales England and Wales. Persistent and heavy rain western Scotland, making it very wet underfoot and causing flooding of streams. Elsewhere, just patchy drizzly rain.
Headline for West Highlands
Storm force upland winds. Persistent rain.
How windy? (On the Munros)
Southwesterly 50 to 70mph, gusts 80-90mph, dropping slightly toward dusk.
Effect of wind on you?
Any mobility difficult on higher areas. Severe wind chill.
Rain persistent, and on many western mountains, heavy and falling most or all day. May well fall as snow highest tops Lochaber northwards. Many stream/rivers in spate or flooded. Extremely wet underfoot.
Cloud on the hills?
Persistent across the hills
Typically cloud from lower slopes upward across much of the region, although northwards from Rannoch Moor most cloud will be above 650m, and on areas near and north of Glen Spean to the east of Glen Roy, perhaps breaks to 1000m.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Almost nil west; 10% well inland.
Sunshine and air clarity?
Sunshine not expected. Persistent haze; and widely foggy across the hills.
How Cold? (at 900m)
4 or 5C; but feeling like minus 10 to minus 13 where directly exposed to gale force wind.
Just above highest summits N Lochaber northwards, but well above the summits elsewhere.
All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 27th October 2014
Upland gales continue on Monday, but easing during Tuesday, particularly across Scotland. Until early Tuesday, near constant rain over western Scotland in particular will make it very wet underfoot, and many streams and rivers will flood, including also rivers flowing toward the central highlands such as the Tay. Rain and much colder air spreads southwards during Tuesday, leading to a quieter and colder middle of the week. Milder air, gales and rain are likely to return by the end of the week.