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 31st July 2021
Last updated Fri 30th Jul 21 at 4:30PM

Summary for all mountain areas

A few mostly light showers for the Highlands, but many places dry. Lowest cloud on the hills toward the far north, but some breaks into central Scotland. Low cloud may persist across the Lakes & west Wales with a little rain. Scattered showers for the Pennines. A light to moderate breeze. Coolest in northern Scotland.

Headline for West Highlands

Mainly dry. Cloud lifting toward higher tops, best breaks toward south.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 10 to 20mph, but 25mph at times western coastal hills.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small, but some local buffeting possible western coastal hills. Cool where exposed on high tops.

How Wet?

Isolated showers

A few brief isolated showers, but some areas will remain dry.

Cloud on the hills?

Early banks lifting to tops or above

Banks of low cloud with bases around 500-800m from dawn. Will lift and likely spread out into a layer of cloud with bases around 1100-1400m, breaking up best across Loch Lomond NP. Chance of highest summits being initially above the cloud for a time.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Some patchy sun at times, but skies often filling in with cloud. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4 to 7C at dawn, lowest in Lochaber, lifting to 7 to 10C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Sunday 1st August 2021
Last updated Fri 30th Jul 21 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 10 to 15mph, sometimes 20mph Mull and nearby summits on the mainland.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small, but feeling cool where exposed to breeze on tops.

How Wet?

Isolated showers

Chance of a local brief shower, mostly inland by the afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Clearing most tops

Patches of cloud on higher slopes in the morning, mostly lifting above 1000 to 1200m and breaks to the highest tops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Fairly cloudy, occasional sun. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2 or 3C at first, rising to 6 to 8C afternoon.

Freezing Level

Close to freezing point at dawn on highest summits in Ben Nevis range. Also possible grass frost sheltered glens in Lochaber.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Monday 2nd August 2021
Last updated Fri 30th Jul 21 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to northwest or variable, 10 to 15mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small

How Wet?

Low risk of a shower

Chance of an isolated light shower, mainly inland hills by the afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Above many summits

A few banks of cloud here and there on higher slopes, mainly higher summits in Ben Nevis range, also on and around Mull and Jura during the afternoon.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Fairly cloudy, some sun breaking through. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

5 or 6C at dawn, rising to around 9C afternoon.

Freezing Level

Above the summits. Possible grass frost at dawn some inland glens.

Planning Outlook

A relatively quiet but rather cool theme into early next week. Local grass frost overnight in sheltered Highland glens. Plenty of dry weather, but also a risk of scattered showers, some heavy. Often fairly cloudy, but cloud bases will lift toward or above most higher summits and the air quite clear. Winds mostly fairly light. Low pressure is expected to dominate from midweek onward, with rain or heavy downpours common again. For now, in places, the ground still very dry underfoot despite recent rain.