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The West Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Sunday, 27th January, 2013
Forecast last reviewed on Tuesday, 21/05/13 at 21:42
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 Thursday, 23rd May, 2013
Cold over the coming week. There will be freeze thaw cycles on higher Scottish summits, and on higher tops further south, temperatures often only a couple of degrees above freezing point. Total precipitation will be small, but there will be snow showers (often rain or hail on summits from S Scotland southwards), and occasionally, particularly in western Scotland, fronts may edge in bringing several hours of rain and low cloud. Generally summits will often be cloud free, and the visibility excellent.