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East Highland: latest weather

Friday, 25 April 2014: dawn to dusk

Printable view Forecast issued: 0253 on Friday, 25 April 2014

Overview for Friday

A dull day with extensive hill fog and some outbreaks of rain in the east. Drier with sunny spells in the west.

Hazards Risk Explanation
Blizzards No Risk  
Heavy snow No Risk  
Storm force winds Low Risk of isolated gusts 70 mph over the Cairngorm plateau after dark
Gales High Gales developing over the highest summits and ridges towards dusk.
Severe chill effect No Risk  
Persistent and extensive hill fog High During the morning, and throughout the day across eastern ranges.
Thunderstorms No Risk  
Heavy persistent rain No Risk  
Strong Sunlight Low Risk of sunburn across Creag Meagaidh and Hills of Cromdale in prolonged sunshine

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Detailed mountain weather forecast: East Highlands

Friday

Weather

The walking day will again start rather gloomy with some rain and drizzle around, although cloud breaking up over the west of the area with some sunny spells for Creag Meagaidh and Hills of Cromdale. Little change through the day with the rain in the east moving west to all areas this evening, this always heaviest and most persistent over the east of the area and Lochnagar in particular.

Visibility

Generally poor in low cloud, improving moderate at best across the eastern ranges. Becoming good across the northern Cairngorms and Creag Meagaidh but the air is likely to be rather hazy here, with distant peaks likely to be indiscernible.

Hill fog

Extensive down to 400 metres, and as low as 200 metres on southeastern facing upslopes of the Angus hills and eastern Cairngorms throughout the day. Over in the west over Creag Meagaidh and the Hills of Cromdale cloud bases will be around 600 metres but this rising to 750 metres at times.

Maximum winds above 600m

Southeasterly 25mph gusts 35 mph increasing 35 mph gusts 45 mph during the late afternoon and evening, then 45 mph gusts 65 mph after dark.

Temperature

Glens Plus 7 rising to 14 Celsius in the west, but 10 Celsius where it remains dull.
900 m Plus 5 Celsius.
Freezing level Above the summits.

Saturday

Weather

Cloudy and misty overnight with outbreaks of rain. The walking day will start cloudy and murky with outbreaks of rain, these heavy at times particularly over the east of the area and Lochnagar and the Angus hills in particular. The rain will clear away northwards during the afternoon with clouds breaking to give some sunshine for a time, before further rain spreads in from the south during the evening.

Visibility

Moderate or poor and very poor over the eastern upslopes, becoming good for a time during the afternoon, especially in the west

Hill fog

Extensive down to 400 metres, and as low as 200 metres on southeastern facing upslopes of the Angus hills and eastern Cairngorms, improving for a time during the afternoon with occasional patches around 700 metres. Over in the west over Creag Meagaidh and the Hills of Cromdale cloud bases will be around 600 metres with patches down to 400 metres, breaking with just a few patches around 900 metres for a time during the afternoon.

Maximum winds above 600m

Southeasterly 45 with gusts to 70mph decreasing 30 mph gusts 45 mph during the late afternoon and evening.

Temperature

Glens Plus 7 rising to 12 Celsius
900 m Plus 5 Celsius
Freezing level Above the summits.

Outlook

Sunday

Another largely cloudy day with further outbreaks of rain, most persistent across eastern ranges. Occasionally fresh easterly winds.

Monday

A brighter day with some sunny spells the best of these over the west of the area. Moderate easterly winds.

Tuesday

A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, these heavy at times. this rain will turn to snow above 600 metres as we go through the late afternoon as the light and variable winds go northeasterly and increase to gale force.

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