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 Wednesday 26th October 2016
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 26th October 2016 at 2:24pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A windy day for the mountains of northern Britain, gales over the Scottish Highlands. Rain most frequent in W & NW Scotland, but a little rain may affect western hills elsewhere. Low cloud extensive western hills, breaks to some higher tops elsewhere. Fairly mild most areas.

Headline for West Highlands

Upland gales. Rain mostly west & north, later snow high tops.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwest veering slightly westerly; 40 to 50, occasionally 55mph, strongest northern areas in morning. May ease a little from west later afternoon to 35-40mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting on the hills; walking often arduous where exposed on higher ridges and summits; significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain frequent west, later snow higher northern tops

Rain most frequent on western mountains, may persist for several hours at a time near/west of Loch Linnhe, occasionally heavy. Small amounts toward the central highlands. By afternoon, turning to snow on highest summits in N & W Lochaber.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, lowest west

Widely shrouding the hills, from lower slopes up around west coast. Cloud base lifting a little as rain clears, to 500-600m, and breaks developing to 800-900m around Creag Meagaidh & Ben Alder.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west; 30% well inland by late afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sun, mainly well inland. Widespread fog across the hills; general haze at low levels.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C, dropping to 2C from north-west during middle of day, or afternoon central highlands; but where exposed, due to wind chill, feeling like minus 10 Celsius or below.

Freezing Level

Above the summits, but in afternoon may drop to 1300m in northern Lochaber & west of Loch Linnhe.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 27th October 2016

A west or southwesterly pattern will continue for the rest of this week. Widespread upland gales on Thursday, or severe gales Scottish Highlands, easing on Friday, but will be blustery over the weekend in Scotland. Low cloud often covering western mountains, plus rain from time to time, mainly focused on the West Highlands. Many areas generally mild, although cold air briefly returns to Scotland on Friday. Over the weekend, very mild or even warm air spreads to all areas as the flow turns southerly. A drop in temperature is likely early next week.

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