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 Wednesday 31st August 2016
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 3:29pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A cold front will carry rain and low cloud southeast across England and Wales in the morning. There will then be an improvement, but on western mountains, cloud will still be persistent across most higher areas, and showers will affect Scotland, where upland gales in north.

Headline for West Highlands

Upland gales or near gales; frequent rain; fog across the mountains.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwest or westerly 35 to 45mph, but nearer 30mph Arran and lower tops Loch Lomond NP.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking on higher northern areas most or all day. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Showers; sometimes frequent

Overnight rain will ease before dawn to showers. Nevertheless, the rain frequent, particularly western mountains north of A85 (west from Tyndrum), where from middle of day until mid or late afternoon, the rain may be almost constant over an hour or so.

Cloud on the hills?

Persistent all day

Almost blanket low cloud; lowest base western hills where typically base varying from 450 to 650m. Well inland and also southern Loch Lomond NP and Arran, most cloud above 600m, with breaks above 800m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare, if any, glimpses of sun. Persistent haze.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7C. Will feel as cold as minus 5C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 1st September 2016

Generally southwest or westerly winds this week will bring rain and low cloud in off the Atlantic from time to time, although in most areas total rainfall will be small, and cloud will often lift off the summits. Driest conditions will be Wales and southern Pennines. The weekend and early next week remains uncertain, albeit that the majority of forecasts bring swathes of rain, low cloud and strong winds east across Britain - at present though there is little consistency in forecast timing.

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