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Viewing forecast for Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

Forecast last reviewed on Wednesday, 23/04/14 at 07:52

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Summary for all mountain areas

Low cloud will become much less widespread and mostly restricted to a front that will move slowly northeastwards across western mountains. Further east, scattered heavy, locally thundery showers will develop. Windy for a few hours Wales.

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 Thursday, 24th April, 2014

Often dry, although showers will develop in the afternoons on Thursday and Friday. Fairly warm. deteriorating into the weekend, as over several days, areas of low pressure circulate in the vicinity of Britain, bringing areas of constant rain and also heavy showers, these focussed on the afternoons. Colder.

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