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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
Friday 10th April 2020
Last updated Thursday 9th April 2020 at 4:38 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Scotland: Extensive low cloud central/southern Highlands, and patches elsewhere, will lift. Many hills clearing, but patches persisting some high tops and more widely around west coast. Showers. England and Wales: A largely fine day with hazy sunshine through high level cloud. A few showers.

Headline for West Highlands

Low cloud lifting and breaking to higher tops. Showers developing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly between 20 and 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

May impede ease of walking where exposed on higher areas.

How Wet?

Showers

A mix of a few patches of rain here and there in the morning and then showers in the afternoon. Some hills may escape mostly dry.

Cloud on the hills?

Low cloud mostly clearing, away from west coast.

Extensive low cloud from dawn. However, bases will increasingly lift and break up with some good breaks by afternoon, although low cloud will linger on western coastal hills and patches reforming inland acround showers.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% at first, lifting to 60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

A little hazy sun at times, but mostly cloudy. Hazy.

How Cold? (at 900m)

6C lifting to 8C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Saturday 11th April 2020
Last updated Thursday 9th April 2020 at 4:38 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to southwesterly 15 to 25mph

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small

How Wet?

Bursts of rain, at times prolonged.

Bursts of rain will edge slowly east across the area through the day. Precipitation may set in for a hour or so across some areas. Precipitation may ease later from the west.

Cloud on the hills?

Varying, patches to lower slopes in rain.

Low confidence: Cloud bases varying markedly through the day. Often covering higher slopes above 500-700m, with ragged patches to lower slopes in rain. Some local breaks to high tops.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Some hazy sun through high cloud at first, but increasingly overcast skies. Visibility good at first, but becoming poor in rain.

How Cold? (at 900m)

5 lowering to 2 or 3C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Sunday 12th April 2020
Last updated Thursday 9th April 2020 at 4:38 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Low confidence in forecast: Little winds for several hours, but northerly winds developing later, 15 to 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small.

How Wet?

Often dry, risk of some showers.

Much of the day may well be dry. However, risk of a few showers; should they occur, increasingly falling as snow higher tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied, patches at different heights.

Cloud distribution very varied across the hills. Patches at varying heights will drift around slowly, at times these fairly extensive across higher tops. Some breaks will occur, especially in the south.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, but some patches of sun possible at times through high cloud. Visibility good or very good, but poor in any showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Lowering to 1 or 2C

Freezing Level

Lowering to between 1000-1300m through the day, lowest in the north.

Planning Outlook

Rain from time to time through the weekend as a shallow but complicated area of low pressure drifts across Britain. High pressure will then dominate, bringing several fine days next week. 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/