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 Tuesday 24th January 2017
Forecast last updated on Monday 23rd January 2017 at 1:43pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A zone of low cloud and patchy rain extends across S & SW Scotland, plus western-most hills in England & Wales. Elsewhere largely dry, cloud breaks to higher tops, particularly N Scotland. Windy on Scottish mountains; gale force in N & NW Highlands. Some terrain frozen.

Headline for West Highlands

Blustery on hills. Low cloud, rain or drizzle, fading.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, 30 to 40mph, but 25mph lower summits Loch Lomond NP and Arran.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting and wind chill where exposed on higher areas Mull and north of A85 (through Tyndrum).

How Wet?

Rain and drizzle

Rain and drizzle frequently, most persistent on western mountains in the morning, tending to fade from west in afternoon. Often dry central highlands and near Glen Spean.

Cloud on the hills?

Persisting all day; highest bases north-east

Blanket low cloud from lower slopes up toward the coast (including near Clyde sea lochs), also much of Loch Lomond NP. Inland and toward north, may break to 750m, possibly 900m near Glen Spean and Loch Treig.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil west & south-west; 10% inland; 30% NE Lochaber.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun eastern valleys near Glen Spean and Loch Treig. Constant haze lower slopes; fog higher areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C; well inland little change in temperature with height from valleys to summits.

Freezing Level

Mostly above the summits; although some higher areas close to or just below freezing point. Some terrain still frozen.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 25th January 2017

Southerly winds will be gale or severe gale force on most hills and mountains for the rest this week, although it will remain largely dry as fronts are held at bay to the west of Britain. A little rain or drizzle and low cloud will drift onto western hills from time to time, but many tops should be often clear. A change to a more pronounced south-westerly regime is expected by the end of the month, although there is uncertainty about how quickly this evolves around the weekend - many areas may remain largely dry until into next week. Often near or below freezing on higher areas - terrain at least partly frozen. Next week, periods of freeze and thaw are likely.

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