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 Sunday 25th January 2015
Forecast last updated on Saturday 24th January 2015 at 1:39pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Upland winds reaching severe gale or storm force, increasing rapidly with height. Rain, drizzle and extensive low cloud, particularly western hills. Much milder air will result in a rapid thaw of lying snow, becoming very wet underfoot and some Highland streams may flood.

Headline for West Highlands

Storm force upland winds. Low cloud; frequent rain. Thawing snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 50 to 70mph; will tend to strengthen through the day. Gusts 80mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Rapid increase of speed with height, making walking very difficult on higher areas. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Often raining, particularly west

Frequent rain and drizzle western mountains. Rain only occasional areas accessible from and north/east of West Highland Line from Roy Bridge to Corrour. Turning very wet underfoot, some streams flooding: due to snow melt.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive low cloud

Shrouding the mountains, from lower slopes up toward west coast, the cloud base rising only slightly well inland, perhaps above 900m occasionally areas accessible from and north/east of West Highland Line from Roy Bridge to Corrour.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10% most areas; 20% toward north-east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine not expected. Widespread fog across the hills, to low levels in west.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C; little change of temperature with height higher up. Feeling closer to minus 10 where exposed to the wind on higher areas.

Freezing Level

Above the summits; terrain initially widely frozen, but a rapid thaw setting in, particularly lower slopes toward west coast.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 26th January 2015

Persistent cold will set in again for most of the week across Scotland, with only the odd brief thaw toward higher tops. Snow will fall frequently, concentrated on western and northern mountains, but very little SE Highlands. Further south, freeze thaw cycles, but increasing evidence that late next week, cold conditions with snow to lower slopes will extend south to all mountain areas. Upland gales or severe gales are likely to be frequent, strongest from midweek onward.

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