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The West Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Wednesday, 5th December, 2012
Forecast last reviewed on Saturday, 18/05/13 at 16:12
Headline, The West Highlands
Wind easing. Brief snow showers west.
Northerly; 25 to 35mph after dawn, lightest west coastal hills. Will gradually ease to 10 to 20mph from the west.
Effect Of Wind?
Snow and hail showers northwest
Occasional brief snow and hail showers west of Loch Linnhe and Oban; will give brief blizzards. Substantially or completely dry elsewhere, particularly Central Highlands and Loch Lomond NP.
Cloud on the hills?
Intermittently shrouding higher areas
Cloud base will vary; on coastal hills, intermittently below 700m, and fleeting breaks to higher summits. Well inland, cloud rare below 900m, or toward south 1100m and intermittently, perhaps often breaking off higher summits.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
30% west to 70% elsewhere
Sunshine and air clarity?
Bursts of bright sunshine, mostly well inland. Often sunny Loch Lomond NP and central Highlands. The air very clear indeed, but visibility temporarily very poor in snow and cloud.
How Cold? (at 900m)
-3 or -4C
Terrain widely frozen from glens upward, with only partial thawing in the sun and also on lower coastal slopes.
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Monday, 20th May, 2013
Warm with continued rapid melting of remaining snow at higher levels on Monday and for most of Tuesday with a good deal of sunshine and very little precipitation. Gradually turning cooler and cloudier from the northwest from late Tuesday. Probably only small amounts of rain and winds generally remaining fairly light. A divergence of views towards next weekend with some models pointing to high pressure persisting just to the west of Ireland bringing mainly dry weather and others pointing to more unsettled weather slowly extending southwards at least across northern ranges.