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
Sunday 7th June 2020
Last updated Saturday 6th June 2020 at 4:25 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Northerly winds continue, typically strongest North Pennines & Cheviots. Cool or cold; lowest temperatures in northern Scotland, where sub-zero above 800-1000m, and occasional snow flurries. Low cloud, rain & drizzle affects Pennine areas for several hours.

Headline for West Highlands

Cold. Isolated showers, snow high tops. Wind easing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 25 to 35mph in morning, strongest from dawn for a few hours will ease to 15 to 20mph by the afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Very blustery in the morning with significant wind chill. Conditions easing through the day.

How Wet?

Showers fizzling out.

A few showers for a time after dawn, snow across tops, but these tending to fizzle out to leave a largely dry afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive, some breaks afternoon, best southern areas.

Fairly extensive cloud on the hills through the day, bases generally 700-900m in the morning in Lochaber, before rising to become above 1000m in the afternoon with some breaks. Further south around Loch Lomond NP, breaks more common to higher slopes.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40% north, to 70% southern areas.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun breaking through. Visibility very good, briefly poor in showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C in Lochaber, up to 5 or 6C on mountains nearest Clyde sea lochs. Wind chill feeling close to -7C where exposed to strongest wind in Lochaber.

Freezing Level

Above most southern summits, but 1200-1300m in Ben Nevis range, lowering to 900-1000m here after dark.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Monday 8th June 2020
Last updated Saturday 6th June 2020 at 4:25 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 15mph from dawn will become variable 5 to 10mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Becoming negligible.

How Wet?

Rain unlikely

Chance of an isolated light shower.

Cloud on the hills?

Patches covering higher slopes.

Patches will come and go across higher slopes above 900-1000m, perhaps fairly persistent in the morning across Lochaber. Good breaks by afternoon, most widespread in the south.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of sun. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0C lifting to 4 to 6C; locally a degree or so warmer in afternoon.

Freezing Level

800-1000m from dawn, lowest Lochaber; frost in corries, also some inland glens. Lifting above all summits by afternoon.

Viewing Forecast For

West Highlands
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Last updated Saturday 6th June 2020 at 4:25 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, strengthening from 5-10mph to 15-25mph by afternoon and evening, strongest around Mull.

Effect of the wind on you?

Ease of walking becoming impeded on higher far western areas.

How Wet?

Risk of rain moving in west

Dry most or all day much of the region. Toward evening, an increasing risk of rain encroaching onto western coastal mountains around Mull, Islay and Jura, then further inland from dusk.

Cloud on the hills?

All clearing

Fragments or local banks of cloud on some slopes from dawn, mostly breaking up in morning. Most hills then staying clear. Cloud may lower onto west coastal mountains by dusk; more widely after dark.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine giving way to building cloud layers, later overcast in west. Excellent visibility, may become hazier near coast later.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 to 5C, locally a degree or so higher well inland by afternoon.

Freezing Level

Above the summits; slight ground frost some inland glens and corries at dawn.

Planning Outlook

Pressure builds across Britain to start the week, leaving just isolated showers. During Tuesday, a front moves into western Scotland - the legacy of this likely to bring a dull, damp day on Wednesday for some. Uncertainty later in the week: high pressure toward north/east, whilst areas of showers may move around slowly. Temperatures recovering gradually. Please be aware of currently different restrictions regarding Covid-19 across Scotland, England & Wales. Refer to local guidance or instructions from the National Parks and outdoor bodies, and please respect local communities in areas which are gradually reopening. See mwis.org.uk/blog for latest information and links.