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The West Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Sunday, 27th January, 2013
Forecast last reviewed on Monday, 09/12/13 at 12:44
Headline, The West Highlands
Severe upland gales; frequent snow and hail showers.
West or southwesterly, typically 45 to 60mph with gusts over 75mph, particularly near showers.
Effect Of Wind?
Very difficult walking/skiing conditions, particularly near showers on higher areas, when any mobility may well be difficult. Severe wind chill.
Heavy showers, especially morning. Threat lightning.
Sudden squally snow and hail showers, particularly western hills in the morning. Whiteout likely. In morning, snow to low level and small risk thunder.
Cloud on the hills?
Extensive, particularly western hills
Cloud fairly extensive across the hills, base quickly varying. Generally base around 700m, but patches 400m in and near showers, particularly west. Breaks to higher summits well inland.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
10% west to 30% east
Sunshine and air clarity?
Glimpses of sunshine, particularly lower areas from Glen Spean northwards and near Loch Treig. Visibility often good, although constant haze, and very poor in precipitation, and at times near zero where also in cloud.
How Cold? (at 900m)
-3 rising to -1C
After being above the summits for a few hours overnight; 450m before dawn. Rising back to 800m before dusk. But patches of still frozen ground at lower levels.
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Wednesday, 11th December, 2013
On Wednesday and into Thursday slightly colder, drier air will be drawn northwards at low levels helping temporarily to clear low cloud further west and north before it returns on a slow moving band of rain and drizzle late Thursday. A brief easing of strong winds before further severe gales at times into early part of next week. Intermittently very wet western Highlands; perhaps snow briefly here around Monday but generally persistently mild.