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The West Highlands

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Viewing forecast for Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

Forecast last reviewed on Wednesday, 16/04/14 at 07:04

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Summary for all mountain areas

A weakening front will approach NW Scotland, bringing low cloud onto mainly west coastal hills; and across the highlands upland winds toward gale force. Less windy further south, and fine with extensive sunshine.

Headline, The West Highlands

Windy; local upland gales. Low cloud forming west.

How Windy?

Southerly, in the range 30 to locally 45mph gusts 60mph - the strongest winds near major ridges and summits.

Effect Of Wind?

Local sudden gusts lower slopes, although winds fairly widely light. On higher areas, where exposed, difficult walking conditions and significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Risk rain from northwest late on

Substantially dry, but threat drizzly rain extending south to coastal slopes, and later extending slowly inland. Rain unlikely Loch Lomond NP.

Cloud on the hills?

Slowly forming from west

Many areas cloud free - but increasing threat of cloud lowering onto some hills later. Cloud will initially form above 450m W of Loch Linnhe, and extend south along coastal hills. Late in day will spread slowly inland, mostly above 650m. Very little across/NE of Rannoch Moor.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Dropping to 10% coastal areas, but 80% northeast

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sunshine, mostly northeast of Rannoch Moor. Widely foggy higher areas. Hazy lower slopes.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2 to 5C, lowest where in cloud, highest northeast.

Freezing level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Thursday, 17th April, 2014

Windier on Thursday, but wind speeds low through most of the Easter Weekend. A series of weak fronts and areas of showers will move south on Thursday, followed by 48 to 72 hours of fine weather with areas of clear sky. Increasing threat of rain by Monday, although latest evidence suggests this less heavy/thundery than earlier anticipated. Snow on the Scottish Highlands will start to melt again as temperatures rise on Friday, with slow thaw then persisting throughout Easter.

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