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 Thursday 28th July 2016
Forecast last updated on Thursday 28th July 2016 at 2:55pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Rain and particularly on western mountains persistent very low cloud near and south of the track of a shallow low (that will cross southern Scotland). Locally blustery. Fine with little wind and cloud clearing many summits much of Highlands, but drizzly showers far north.

Headline for West Highlands

Mostly fine; areas of sunshine. Rain, Arran.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 10 to 15mph after dawn. Will become very light and direction vary.

Effect of wind on you?


How Wet?

Threat rain Arran and possibly southern Loch Lomond NP.

Isolated drizzly showers west coast post dawn, then most areas dry. But the northern limit of an area of rain will lie across or just south of Central Belt: Thus Arran may well be wet for several hours before easing afternoon. Small risk of the rain temporarily enveloping southern Loch Lomond NP.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensively clearing

Areas of cloud across higher areas for several hours after dawn now likely to lift - clearing most summits completely, although above 1150m Lochaber, may not clear. Cloud likely to shroud hills on Arran most of day, clearing toward evening, and these conditions may extend to southern summits Loch Lomond NP.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80% afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine, mainly north of about the A85 (east-west through Tyndrum). Visibility excellent (except Arran).

How Cold? (at 900m)

6C, rising to 8C well inland.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 29th July 2016

Westerly or northwesterly winds from Friday until Tuesday will bring showers, mainly over the weekend, but particularly on western mountains, total rainfall small. Cloud base will often be much higher than recently, particularly around the Irish Sea. Although very likely fine on Tuesday, later in the day, rain and low cloud will approach from the west (timing of this uncertain as yet).

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