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Viewing forecast for Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

Forecast last reviewed on Wednesday, 23/04/14 at 16:14


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Headline, The West Highlands

Windy west coastal hills. Showery rain spreading north.


How Windy?

South or southeasterly, 20mph, but on summits near the coast (including those near Clyde sea lochs) 30mph, with local sudden gusts to lower slopes.

Effect Of Wind?

Mostly small, but will impede ease of walking on higher western areas, and here and there, north of some ridges and higher passes and cols, sudden gusts to low level.


How Wet?

Rain increasingly afternoon

Substantially dry morning. Showery rain will then develop from the south, in some areas falling almost constantly for a couple of hours, one or two heavy bursts.


Cloud on the hills?

Many summits cloud free for a few hours

Broadly, most summits clearing for a few hours before cloud forms above 600-800m in and after rain, although very little near and north of Glen Spean. But across Loch Lomond NP & islands, cloud may clear above 800m only briefly, before dropping to 300 to 500m as rain develops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%, but 30% Loch Lomond NP

Sunshine and air clarity?

Hazy sunshine, mainly north, will soon give way as high level cloud thickens Hazy; widely foggy southern hills.


How Cold? (at 900m)

5C to 8C, highest north.

Freezing level

Above the summits.


Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Friday, 25th April, 2014

Often dry, although showers will develop in the afternoon on Friday. Fairly warm. Low pressure centred over southern Britain will then dominate the weather for a few days, bringing areas of constant rain and also heavy showers, these focussed on the afternoons. Extensive low cloud, especially east. Driest conditions with least low cloud W & NW Highlands, south of Ullapool.


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