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West Highlands Forecast

West Highlands

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

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Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Monday 30th March 2020
Last updated Sunday 29th March 2020 at 3:50 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

High pressure to the west of the British Isles will bring largely dry but mostly cloudy conditions with a persistent cloud sheet; although some breaks will occur. Brisk winds across England and Wales, and in the morning across Scotland, will give significant chill. Isolated snow flurries.

Headline for West Highlands

Cloud sheet higher slopes, but some breaks; especially in the south.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North to northwesterly in the range 15 to 30mph; strongest in the morning when perhaps locally 35mph higher tops.

Effect of the wind on you?

Will impede walking at times across higher slopes with significant wind chill, especially in the morning.

How Wet?

Isolated showers or flurries, mainly coast.

Isolated, brief, showers or flurries; mainly toward west coast.

Cloud on the hills?

Cloud sheet higher slopes; may break.

A cloud sheet will shroud higher slopes above 700m. Substantial breaks may develop in cloud sheet; especially in the south.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun breaking through; perhaps fairly extensive in the south in the afternoon. Visibility mostly very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Around 0 to -2C; lowest in the north, but feeling closer to -15C in direct exposure to strongest winds in the morning.

Freezing Level

Generally around 700-900m, lowest in the north, but many lower slopes at least partially frozen at dawn.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Last updated Sunday 29th March 2020 at 3:50 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 10 to 20mph, perhaps less at times.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small.

How Wet?

Substantially or completed dry.

Isolated, if any, flurries.

Cloud on the hills?

Cloud sheet, most extensive in north/west.

Detail uncertain: A cloud sheet will likely cover some higher slopes, most widely in the north and west, although some high tops may poke above tops. Potential for substantial break in the south and east.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun, but often periods when cloudy. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-2C rising to 0C

Freezing Level

Terrain at least partly frozen from glens up at dawn. Will soon thaw as freezing level lifts to 850 to 950m in the afternoon.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Last updated Sunday 29th March 2020 at 3:50 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 20 to 30mph; strongest in the afternoon when may reach 35mph higher tops.

Effect of the wind on you?

Will increasingly impede walking higher areas in afternoon with significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Dry start, drizzly rain/snow tops later.

Dry for several hours, but increasing risk into the afternoon of drizzly rain, and across higher tops snow, moving down from the north.

Cloud on the hills?

Becoming extensive in rain/snow.

Patches of cloud across higher slopes at first. Increasingly through day as rain/snow arrives, hill fog will become extensive across the hills.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy. Visibility good, but becoming poor in drizzly rain/snow higher tops.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1 or -2C, lifting to 1 or 2C in afternoon.

Freezing Level

700-800m lifting to 1000-1200m in afternoon. Patchy frost inland glens at dawn.

Planning Outlook

Frequently cold this week, leaving higher terrain in Scotland frozen and intermittently frozen elsewhere. Precipitation amounts small, although heavier snow showers arriving later in week across Scotland. Scottish MR Note: Scot Gov has stated that "essential travel only must be undertaken" in order to protect our rural communities and prevent extra pressure on our Emergency Services. Now is the time to avoid unnecessary mountain activities and consider our social responsibilities. More info, visit: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/