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 Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 3:21pm
Summary for all mountain areas
Windy; upland gales Scottish Highlands. Extensive low cloud focussed on western mountains, although this may not reach mid and south Wales. Heavy rain W & NW Highlands and patchy rain gradually reaching the rest of Scotland and summits near the north Irish Sea.
Headline for West Highlands
Upland gales, rain becoming heavy and incessant
How windy? (On the Munros)
Westerly, soon strengthening to typically 45mph, gusts locally 65mph. Speeds nearer 30-35mph Arran.
Effect of wind on you?
Considerable buffeting soon developing where exposed on higher areas - and sudden very strong gusts reaching some lower slopes. Significant wind chill.
Rain - most of the day
Rain, increasingly set in during morning. Will turn heavy or torrential western mountains. Briefly snow highest tops post dawn.
Cloud on the hills?
Extensive; very low base
Breaks to higher tops well inland briefly, but typically cloud base dropping to 300 to 500m west and 500 to 750m easternmost summits.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Sunshine and air clarity?
Sunshine not expected. Fog widely across the mountains; often poor visibility due to rain lower areas.
How Cold? (at 900m)
3 rising to 6C; but will feel as cold as minus 10 Celsius on higher tops in morning.
Soon above the summits.
All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 23rd October 2014
Until after the weekend over Highland Scotland, frequent upland gales or near gales, most widely NW Highlands, frequently raining with cloud shrouding the mountains. Snow on higher summits intermittently Friday onwards. Less windy and wet over mountains in England and Wales, although extensive very low cloud and drizzly rain on Thursday - this clearing only slowly southeastwards on Friday. Substantially dry over the weekend, and very likely early next week.