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West Highlands

Western Highlands accessible from, and south of, Glenfinnan (Road to the Isles) and Glen Spean (includes Creag Meagaidh). This area includes Ben Nevis and the mountains around Glencoe. In the east, from Ben Alder south to Loch Lomond and Trossachs NP. Also Arran and Mull.

Today's Forecast

Windy, walking impeded
Sunny winter day
Cold
Winter kit required

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Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Monday 4th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Fine with sunshine for north and western Scotland, some banks of cloud toward the central & southeast Highlands. Southeasterly winds will strengthen, upland gales developing, becoming severe for Welsh mountains. Rain moves into Wales from the southwest.

Headline for West Highlands

Dry, sunshine, local cloud banks morning. Increasingly windy.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly - speeds gradually increasing during day 20 to 40mph, soonest Arran and Kintyre, becoming gusty. From dusk into night reaching 50-60mph widely.

Effect of the wind on you?

Increasingly blustery, later buffeting gusts developing on ridges and in places downslope, soonest coastal areas in south. Becoming arduous from south, wind chill significant later.

How Wet?

Locally damp coasts, dry many areas

A little drizzle on and off near to coasts in south, snow flurries on tops. Into the night, snow flurries developing southern areas, rain lower slopes; little into Lochaber.

Cloud on the hills?

Local low cloud possible

Banks of cloud may drift onto some slopes, mostly south-facing areas and near to coasts. Clearer much of Lochaber.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine and broken cloud, high cloud tending to build from south. Visibility very good, hazier near coast.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1 to +1C. As wind speeds increase, chill factor feeling like -10 later -15C on high tops.

Freezing Level

800m, locally rising to 1000m coastal areas and west of Loch Linnhe. Frost inland glens from dawn.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southeasterly, 50mph with gusts over 60mph likely early morning. Easing to 25-40mph, strongest on/near Mull.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult conditions with significant wind chill tending to improve. Coastal tops may remain challenging with buffeting all day.

How Wet?

Drizzly rain, snow flurries tops

Light rain and drizzle, or snow flurries becoming confined to higher terrain, may be fairly persistent, especially Loch Lomond NP. Patchier northwards across Lochaber.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, lowest south

Shrouding many mountains all day, lowest and most persistent cloud in southern areas and coastal sea lochs. Higher cloud bases north into Lochaber, some breaks above 1000m. Bases may rise widely.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly overcast, a little sun through high cloud. Visibility often poor, slight haze coasts; may improve with time.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1 or -2C, rising to +1 or 2C. Wind chill -10 to -15C.

Freezing Level

700m rising to 1000-1100m into afternoon.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Wednesday 6th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly, 25mph up to gusty 40mph in places around major summits and particularly near west coast.

Effect of the wind on you?

Varied, some slopes fairly small, but buffeting gusts around some exposed ridges and summits.

How Wet?

Patchy drizzle, snow flurries

Local drizzly showers, mostly central highlands, Loch Lomond & Arran. Snow flurries on tops above 800-900m inland. Fewer north into Lochaber. Mostly dry west of Loch Linnhe to Mull.

Cloud on the hills?

Risk low cloud south, breaks Lochaber

Areas of low cloud most likely southern areas, may persist on some slopes from 600-800m upward. Further north and west, cloud base higher with more breaks, best west of Loch Linnhe.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun mostly western Lochaber, where visibility generally good. Cloudier further south; slight haze, misty some slopes.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 to +2C, highest west coastal tops. If exposed to wind, chill factor feeling close to -10C.

Freezing Level

900 to 1100m, highest near to coast; slight rise during daytime. Patchy frost inland glens at first.

Planning Outlook

High pressure over Scandinavia expands to the north of Scotland during the week ahead, whilst areas of low pressure circulate southwest of the British Isles. East or southeasterly winds are likely to prevail over the next couple of weeks, chillier air drawn in at times. Easterly upland gales possible late this week into the weekend. Recent fresh snow coverage will remain across many mountains this week - staying near or below freezing point over higher terrain. Milder air reaching Wales into midweek. Further snow flurries mostly for the eastern Highlands. Western Scotland likely to see an extended period with little precipitation. Possibly widely drier into mid-March under higher pressure.