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 Friday 24th October 2014 at 7:07pm
Summary for all mountain areas
Upland gales strengthening, becoming severe gales Scottish Highlands. Frequent showers western Scotland, merging into constant rain, (snow higher tops). A few showers elsewhere, very few if any Wales/Peak District. Cloud shrouding most higher areas, particularly west.
Headline for West Highlands
Severe upland gales developing. Frequent rain or snow.
How windy? (On the Munros)
Southwesterly 45 to 55mph, strongest Lochaber northwards, strengthening to 55 to 75mph during daylight.
Effect of wind on you?
Walking increasingly difficult, by afternoon even in some glens. Higher up, general mobility difficult. Severe wind chill.
Frequent rain, snow, hail
Showers, sometimes heavy and one after another giving almost constant precipitation, especially western mountains. Snow higher summits.
Cloud on the hills?
Very extensive, highest base east
Cloud generally shrouding the mountains, the base sometimes below 450m west and rarely above 800m. Well inland (and Arran), most cloud above 600m, and breaks to 1000m.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Almost nil west; 10% well inland.
Sunshine and air clarity?
Rare glimpses of sun. Hazy; and extensive fog higher areas.
How Cold? (at 900m)
4C; but feeling like minus 10 to minus 15 where exposed to gale force wind.
All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 26th October 2014
Upland gales or severe gales will continue on Sunday and Monday, easing slowly for a day or so from about Tuesday, before likely returning later in week. Frequent or near constant rain over western Scotland in particular will make it very wet underfoot, and many streams and rivers will flood. Elsewhere next week, rain occasionally, but amounts much less, and often mild, or very mild in England and Wales.