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 28th October 2016
Forecast last updated on Friday 28th October 2016 at 7:29am

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Summary for all mountain areas

Cold windy with brief snow showers N Scotland. Dry further south into N England, but a weak front separating blanket very low cloud and patches of drizzle (concentrated western hills) to its south, will hardly move - lying north Wales to the Peak District.

Headline for West Highlands

Upland near gales slowly easing. Brief showers, snow higher tops.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly; decreasing through daylight: Ranging from 35 to 20mph near and north of Glen Spean to 30 to 20mph Loch Lomond NP. On Arran 15-20mph through day.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking conditions morning, particularly north from Lochaber. Conditions will improve.

How Wet?

Brief snow showers

A few brief showers; very few Loch Lomond NP and Arran Snow above 900 to 1100m higher tops Lochaber northwards.

Cloud on the hills?

Intermittently clearing most summits, particularly central highlands

Often covering hills above 700 to 900m, although breaks to higher tops, these transient summits near the coast. On central highlands, Loch Lomond NP and Arran, cloud rare below 1000m, and higher summits often cloud free.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% west to 70% Loch Lomond NP and central highlands

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sun, particularly lower areas Loch Lomond NP and central highlands; also Arran. Very good or excellent visibility, although slight haze.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Close to freezing above 1150m Lochaber northwards; above the summits further south.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 29th October 2016

The present westerly winds will be short lived. Models run by the main centres continue to show 'anomalous' conditions well into November. Winds will only rarely be westerly, minimising rainfall on western mountains, indeed nearly everywhere drier than normal. Temperatures will be above normal on the hills until Tuesday, when a significant number of forecasts flip to a colder northerly. Before then several days of fog, haze and general murk most lower slopes, whilst higher areas (above an inversion) are widely in bright sunshine and exceptionally clear air.

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