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 Friday 27th February 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 27th February 2015 at 12:04pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A lull in the wind, although still gale force widely Scottish Highlands. Snow showers W & NW Highlands, and just a few flurries elsewhere. Toward dusk; snow and quickly strengthening winds reaching western mountains

Headline for West Highlands

Upland gales, mainly north. Occasional snow showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly typically 40-50mph post dawn, dropping to 30-35mph by early afternoon and then backing southwesterly and toward dusk strengthening 50mph from west.

Effect of wind on you?

Conditions will ease a little, but overall walking will remain difficult on higher areas, with severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow showers.

Snow showers occasionally, mostly fairly brief. Precipitation will set in from west from about dusk. Rain below about 350m.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly confined to higher areas

Continually varying cloud base; typically 500-750m near precipitation and otherwise 800-1000m. Breaks to some higher summits, mainly central highlands afternoon near and north of Glen Spean to the east of about Glen Roy.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sunshine, mainly away from coastal mountains. Haze likely, and often fog higher areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3C; but will feel as cold as minus 18C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

600m - will rise slowly through the day.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 28th February 2015

Little change in the weather pattern unit the middle of next week: frequent upland gales and considerable precipitation focussed western mountains, particularly the W & NW Highlands. Rain frequently only lower slopes, although mainly from southern Scotland southwards, one or two brief periods of thaw up to higher slopes. Later next week, as pressure rises, much drier. Indeed, pressure will remain high close to Britain for perhaps a week or more. At present there is least certainty of dry conditions over NW Scotland where renewed bouts of upland gales and precipitation may develop.

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