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
Saturday 28th May 2022
Last updated Sat 28th May 22 at 7:33AM

Summary for all mountain areas

Extensively dry with patches of sun, although a few brief showers. However, it will remain chilly, particularly near the coast of NW Scotland, where higher areas will be below freezing point.

Headline for West Highlands

Cold. Risk of a shower - of hail or on higher tops snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly, 20mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small.

How Wet?

Little or no precipitation

Almost everywhere dry all day, but from about midday, here and there a shower, of hail, or snow on higher tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Nearly all summits clearing during morning

Cloud capping some higher tops in the morning, particularly near and west of Loch Linnhe, Mull, and Jura. By late morning, most cloud above 1200m, although near the coast, still the risk of patches nearer 900m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of bright sun, mainly near the coast afternoon. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C rising toward 7C, locally warmer Loch Lomond NP. Feeling sub-zero where exposed to wind.

Freezing Level

Close to freezing point on highest tops in Ben Nevis range at first, then above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Sunday 29th May 2022
Last updated Sat 28th May 22 at 7:33AM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly, 20 to 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small

How Wet?

A few showers or flurries developing

A scattering of brief showers or flurries from late morning onwards. Hail and above 800m snow.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly confined to higher tops in Lochaber

Cloud base will rise, by late morning, higher tops frequently cloud free, although may frequently shroud areas above 1000m near and north of Glen Spean. Near showers, fragments of cloud will form to about 600m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of sun, but cloud filling in inland by afternoon. Visibility excellent, briefly reduced around showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0C rising 3 to 5C, highest southern areas.

Freezing Level

850m rising to 1200m or above by midday. Slight frost at first some valleys and corries.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Monday 30th May 2022
Last updated Sat 28th May 22 at 7:33AM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction may well vary, mostly less than 15mph, perhaps calm on some summits. But locally gusts 25mph in precipitation.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly negligible, although temporary sudden buffeting near precipitation in the afternoon.

How Wet?

Areas of heavy precipitation developing

A few patches of rain, or above 800m snow, will drift about lowly from dawn. Will deteriorate from later morning as precipitation becomes widespread and heavy with risk thunder. Coastal areas may become dry.

Cloud on the hills?

Will come and go, sometimes extensive and shrouding lower slopes

Considerable variation, particularly afternoon. Broadly, cloud base will rise from 600 to 900m after dawn toward 800 to 1200m by late morning. But in precipitation expect fog widely on higher slopes and in some areas on lower slopes as well.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sunshine will tend to give way later morning to occasional bursts of sun, although some coasts will become sunnier through afternoon. Very poor visibility in snow, but often excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2C, but up to 5C afternoon.

Freezing Level

1050m, although 1350m away from precipitation by afternoon. Frost at first some valleys and upland dips.

Planning Outlook

Relatively low temperatures on the mountains much of next week; particularly on the Scottish highlands where higher tops will frequently be near freezing point. Showers, some heavy and thundery, giving hail and on higher tops snow, will be widespread, particularly in the afternoons, when in some areas they will merge to give a few hours of precipitation.