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The West Highlands
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Viewing forecast for Monday, 28th January, 2013
Forecast last reviewed on Tuesday, 21/05/13 at 16:26
Headline, The West Highlands
Deteriorating: Storm force upland winds/persistent snow developing.
Southwest backing southerly, strengthening from around 70mph through the day toward 70 to perhaps 100mph in gusts in the afternoon.
Effect Of Wind?
Difficult walking/skiing across the hills all day, and later even at low level, any mobility could well become very difficult. Severe wind chill.
Snow setting in
Squally showers, merging to give constant widely heavy rain, or for a while snow (giving whiteout) above 400m. Later in the afternoon, may well fall as rain up to 1000m. Least precipitation near and north of Glen Spean.
Cloud on the hills?
Extensive, base dropping
Cloud extensively shrouding the hills, base varying but dropping during the day. Widely 450m or lower by afternoon, about broadly north across Lochaber the base will lift, with breaks to 1000m, near and north of Glen Spean.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Sunshine and air clarity?
Glimpses of sunshine at first central Highlands Visibility very good lower levels morning, but reducing to near zero where in snow and cloud.
How Cold? (at 900m)
-3C rising to 1C by dusk. Due to wind chill, will feel as cold as minus 16C directly in the wind.
550m rising to 1000m by dusk.
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.