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 Thursday 7th May 2015
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 4:22pm

Today | Friday | Saturday

Summary for all mountain areas

Strongest winds toward the far north, but easing considerably for most areas. A few areas of showers may remain, falling as snow or hail over the Scottish mountains. Isolated slow moving showers for Wales. Occasional sunshine, and many tops should clear.

Headline for West Highlands

Wind easing. A few snow or hail showers. Tops occasionally clear.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, 25 to 35mph in morning, strongest toward north, perhaps 40mph at dawn northern Lochaber. Will progressively drop, by afternoon to 20-25mph, or toward central belt & Arran, nearer 15mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Becoming fairly small, but expect considerable buffeting and significant wind chill on higher northern areas at first.

How Wet?

Occasional snow & hail showers

Scattered showers; becoming progressively fewer from south afternoon and evening. Will fall as snow above about 500m. Risk hail.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied; intermittently clear

Rapidly changing cloud base: frequently lifting above 1000m, perhaps often clearing many summits by afternoon, but during showers, shafts of cloud below 600m, mostly morning near and west of Loch Linnhe.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60% morning; 70% afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sunshine from time to time - increasingly so afternoon. Slight haze, visibility mainly good, but temporarily very poor in cloud and snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-2C rising to 0C well inland.

Freezing Level

Ranging from 600m to 900m, highest toward east in afternoon.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 8th May 2015

Freezing levels will remain low on Friday, although many areas will stay dry before rain edges north late in the day. Saturday will be broadly unsettled - rain on and off, some heavy bursts, particularly England & Wales. Sunday is better for most areas, although rain may encroach onto western Scotland later. Next week remains changeable, with rain (mostly western Scotland) and occasionally strong south-westerly winds, although it will be warmer than recently - freezing levels often above the summits.

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