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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 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.

Friday's Forecast

Moderate breeze, locally gusty
Mostly dry, partly cloudy
Cool

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Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Friday 31st May 2024
Last updated Thu 30th May 24 at 4:00PM

Summary for all mountain areas

High pressure brings dry conditions for most regions, perhaps excluding parts of Snowdonia and coastal Northwest Highlands, where locally light, brief drizzle is possible. Besides those areas fine weather with broken cloud and sunshine and excellent visibility. Gusty morning on Pennines, Cheviots and parts of Cairngorms.

Headline for West Highlands

Partly cloudy coast, often sunny inland. Likely dry.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly, strongest on coastal mountains from Arran to Islay, from 20 to 30mph. Other areas widely 10 to 20mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small, around Clyde sea lochs will affect comfortable walking and balance on more exposed ridges.

How Wet?

Locally chance drizzle at coast.

Low chance localised drizzle or light rain at times on mountains around Mull.

Cloud on the hills?

Hills partly covered.

Mostly covered around Mull, in other areas often patches of clouds in the morning, lifting. Widely clear in the afternoon, sooniest toward Loch Lomond.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80%, around Mull 50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Decent amount of sun inland, partly cloudy on the coast - least sunshine around Mull. Moderate visibility coast, good inland.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4 to 8C. Feeling close to freezing on coastal ridges.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Saturday 1st June 2024
Last updated Thu 30th May 24 at 4:00PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 10 to 20mph, toward Kintyre 25mph at times.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small.

How Wet?

No rain expected.

Cloud on the hills?

Valley fog at dawn, clouds by Glencoe.

Hills around Loch Linnhe briefly covered, most likely lower slopes in the morning. Besides that hills mostly clear, only fog in the valleys early morning, clearing rapidly.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80% on coast, above 90% elsewhere

Sunshine and air clarity?

Around Fort William scattered sunshine, other areas often clear skies. Slight haze, especially close to the sea.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7 to 10C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Sunday 2nd June 2024
Last updated Thu 30th May 24 at 4:00PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly or southwesterly 20 to 30mph, toward the evening gusts may reach 40mph on Islay and Arran.

Effect of the wind on you?

Blustery over the western mountains, may impede comfortable walking over exposed ridges. Feeling chilly in the wind.

How Wet?

Rain NW coast afternoon.

Odd spot of drizzle possible in the morning on the coast, afternoon persistent rain widely on the coast northwest of Loch Linnhe and locally possible on islands by Kintyre.

Cloud on the hills?

Hills mostly covered.

Dense cloud cover on the hills to the lowest level most of the day, highest tops possibly above clouds in the morning, most likely those well inland.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Some sunshine reaching mountains inland and higher tops possibly sticking out of the clouds in the morning Mostly poor visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

6 to 8C. Feeling close to freezing on higher tops in the wind.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

High strengthens during the weekend, which generally means good mountain weather, sometimes morning fog in valleys and often calm, sunny days. With northwesterly winds cloudier and especially on Sunday wet on western coastal Highlands. During the first week of June, northwesterly winds are likely to prevail, but frontal system coming from the north on Tuesday will bring cooling and intense showers to Scotland and northern England. Highest Munros may even see some fresh snow.