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 26th May 2015
Forecast last updated on Monday 25th May 2015 at 3:33pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread low cloud will gradually clear most mountain areas from the north after a weak front passes through. However, low cloud will rarely clear higher areas of the W & NW Highlands. Cold and windy Scottish Highlands.

Headline for West Highlands

Cold; windy. Persistent low cloud, lowest base coastal hills

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 25mph, but 30mph on higher summits.

Effect of wind on you?

Often fairly small, but will impede ease of walking on higher areas at times. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Drizzly; mainly coastal hills

Substantially dry, but threat patches of pockets of drizzle, mainly or only coastal hills - with areas north from Mull most prone, particularly afternoon/evening. Very light snow some higher areas, Lochaber northwards.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive; lowest base west

Cloud sheet, base 600 to 800m, with patches below on coastal slopes. Cloud may occasionally break well inland, and perhaps widely across Loch Lomond NP.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west to 30% eastern Loch Lomond NP

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun; mainly valleys east of Loch Lomond north to about Tyndrum. Fog widely higher areas; below cloud often excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 to 2C but will feel as cold as minus 12C directly in the wind Lochaber northwards.

Freezing Level

Mostly above the summits; although near or just below freezing point higher slopes, particularly Lochaber northwards.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 27th May 2015

Generally deteriorating this week as areas of low pressure come in off the Atlantic, bringing areas of rain, and more widely, heavy showers. It will frequently be cold with fresh snow intermittently Scottish Highlands. There are strong indications of a reversal next week, with pressure gradually building in the vicinity of Britain, to bring fine, warm weather later in the week.

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