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 19th June 2021
Last updated Fri 18th Jun 21 at 7:13PM

Summary for all mountain areas

After a chilly start, a fine day will follow with a patchwork of sunshine. Chance of a few bursts of rain here and there, mainly inland in the afternoon. High cloud bases with hills extensively clear, although some banks of hill fog at first; particularly SE Highlands.

Headline for West Highlands

Banks of hill fog in south will soon disperse. Then fine with hazy sun.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly typically 5 to 15mph, although may increase during day near coast where in places 25mph by evening.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small, but expect some buffeting near/west of Loch Linnhe & Arran to Mull later in day - affecting higher & lower slopes.

How Wet?

Little or no rain

Chance of a few bursts of rain; likely to amount to very little.

Cloud on the hills?

Early banks in south. otherwise very little.

Some cloud banks at first around Loch Lomond NP around 600-900m, but these soon clearing. Otherwise, summits extensively or completely cloud free although from time to time there may be cloud above about 1200m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80%, but 30% in south at first.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sunshine, although overall extensive high level, sometimes thin cloud layers. Excellent visibility although there may be increasing haziness through the day.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Locally 5C near the coast post dawn, but typically 11C afternoon.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Sunday 20th June 2021
Last updated Fri 18th Jun 21 at 7:13PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Low confidence in forecast: Little wind at first, becoming easterly 20-30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small at first, may increasingly impede walking tops later in the day.

How Wet?

Substantially dry, risk rain evening.

Risk of a scattering of showers developing from late morning onwards, but many hills missing these and staying dry. Risk of rain arriving from south in evening.

Cloud on the hills?

Breaks to tops or above, will lower later.

Good breaks to or above tops. Although during showers and also around dawn, some banks higher tops. Bases lowering more widely later in the day in rain.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun, but increasing cloud cover through the day. Visibility good or very good, later deteriorating should rain develop.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7 to 9C; highest in afternoon in west.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Monday 21st June 2021
Last updated Fri 18th Jun 21 at 7:13PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 5 to 15mph, perhaps 20mph at times coastal hills.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly negligible

How Wet?

Bursts of showery rain here and there

A scattering of showers through the day; locally heavy in the afternoon with small risk thunder. However, some hills staying dry; particularly coastal hills afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Often clear, occasionally capping tops.

Banks of cloud some higher slopes around dawn, will lift to or above tops through morning. Then hills mostly clear, but in and around showers may cap tops again.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun, perhaps extensive coastal hills in afternoon. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C lifting to 7C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

Fairly chilly pattern early next week, but mostly fine with hills often clear as a ridge of high pressure dominates. However from midweek onwards, whilst turning warmer, it will become more changeable with the risk of pulses of showery rain from time to time as pressure gradually lowers from the west. However, there will still be some dry and fine periods; these conditions perhaps predominating still across eastern areas where broadly any rainfall amounts will be small.