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 31st July 2015
Forecast last updated on Thursday 30th July 2015 at 4:05pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A little rain here and there, mainly or only N England northwards, before from west across Scotland, rain becomes more frequent. Becoming windy, western mountains of Scotland in particular. Light wind all day S Pennines and mid-Wales southwards.

Headline for West Highlands

Deteriorating: increasing wind; rain and low cloud.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly soon strengthening to 25mph. By midday 30 to 40mph, strongest western mountains (not Arran). In evening dropping from west to 20mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Will soon impede ease of walking where exposed and will for several hours make walking difficult, particularly on western summits north of those near Clyde sea lochs.

How Wet?

Intermittent rain

Rain now and again amounting to little until into afternoon, steadier rain spreads eastwards. Through evening will become dry again from west. Least rain near and north of Glen Spean.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Summits toward and north of Glen Spean may well clear of cloud for several hours, before cloud base drops later in the day. Elsewhere, cloud base frequently dropping to 500-800m, highest well inland. But as rain sets in, so will lower further. Base will rise again from west through evening.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Dropping to 10% west and south and gradually to 20% elsewhere.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little sun due to high level cloud. Superb visibility morning. Will drop during the day, with fog extensive particularly west and south.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 1st August 2015

Continued mixed conditions over most mountain areas over the next week or more - although a slight rise in temperature. Often cloudy Scottish Highlands with rain at some stage almost daily, particularly western mountains. Widespread upland, or near upland gales, from Sunday night to Wednesday. Until Monday, often dry elsewhere, although on Saturday, some forecasts suggest a band of low cloud and occasional rain will linger across Wales (particularly the south) and perhaps the southern Pennines.

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