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Viewing forecast for Thursday, 17th April, 2014

Forecast last reviewed on Wednesday, 16/04/14 at 16:21

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Summary for all mountain areas

A complicated day weatherwise as two weak fronts bring mainly low cloud southwards, followed by a few showers, of snow to fairly low levels. Windy; widespread gales Scottish Highlands, Least wind hills in mid and south Wales.

Headline, The West Highlands

Upland gales; snow showers.

How Windy?

West veering northwesterly, 40-50, gusts 70mph locally mooring. Will ease to 30mph early evening or lower west coastal summits.

Effect Of Wind?

Difficult walking conditions across the mountains; and severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow showers; rain lower slopes

Frequent snow for an hour or two at first, easing from north to snow showers, which through the afternoon will become very few and brief. Rain below 700, later 500m.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive across the hills

Initially widespread cloud across the mountains. But by late cloud base 500 to 800m, with breaks to 1100m, mainly well inland. By early evening, most cloud above 900m, with breaks to higher summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% rising to 40% by late afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sunshine extending south. Widely foggy, particularly western mountains. Often very good visibility below cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

1 decreasing to -1C by late afternoon.

Freezing level

1050m dropping to 800m.

Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Friday, 18th April, 2014

Wind speeds low through most of the Easter Weekend, and increasingly turning easterly. The Weekend will be substantially dry on the mountains. However, rain will spread into Wales and later N England (possibly Southern Uplands) on Sunday. The detail for Monday is uncertain. Most likely rain will reach the Scottish Highlands, but some or most areas will have very little, whilst showery elsewhere. Fairly mild with sustained slow snowmelt Scottish Highlands.

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