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 7th February 2016
Forecast last updated on Saturday 6th February 2016 at 3:06pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Winds will reach storm force for a while mainly around the middle of the day southern Highlands southwards to northern England with severe wind chill. Much lighter winds around Northwest Highlands for much of morning. Appreciable snowfall western ranges. Best of brief glimpses of the sun to east of higher ranges.

Headline for West Highlands

Severe gales; appreciable snow higher slopes.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwest to westerly, in range 35 to 50 and for a short while 60 to 70mph, likely strongest southern areas around the middle of the day.

Effect of wind on you?

Expect considerable buffeting on higher areas; at times severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent snow, rain lower slopes

Pulses of showers, risk increasingly setting in to constant precipitation on western mountains; snow above 500m well inland, or 700m near coast.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher areas

Shrouding most western hills all day, cloud base 600 to 800m, occasionally lower in rain/snow. Possible breaks to 900m or higher north & east from Glen Spean & Rannoch Moor.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare if any sun. General haze, visibility very poor in cloud & rain/snow; foggy across higher areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C west, to -3C inland.

Freezing Level

600 to 800m, highest coastal hills in west.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 8th February 2016

Cold, unsettled and occasionally very windy on the mountains over the next 10 days. Freezing levels will often be around 750m even as far south as Wales - or lower on the Scottish Highlands, perhaps dropping more widely midweek. Snowfall is likely to be considerable and may well consolidate as far south as higher areas of south Wales. Periods of severe upland gales, but occasional marked lulls in the strong winds.

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