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West Highland: forecast radar

Wednesday, 20 August 2014: dawn to dusk

Printable view Forecast issued: 1732 on Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Overview for Thursday

A cloudy start with showers. Brightening up through the morning with scattered showers through the day, drier towards the west coast. Strong and rather cold summit winds.

Hazards Risk Explanation
Blizzards No Risk  
Heavy snow No Risk  
Storm force winds No Risk  
Gales Low Gusts to 50 mph possible on the highest tops in the early hours.
Severe chill effect Low Strong winds bringing a notable risk of wind chill for the time of year.
Persistent and extensive hill fog No Risk  
Thunderstorms No Risk  
Heavy persistent rain No Risk  
Strong Sunlight Medium A risk of being sunburnt, especially in the west.

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Detailed mountain weather forecast: West Highlands

Thursday

Weather

Cloudy in the early hours with outbreaks of rain. A cloudy start to the walking day with some showery rain. Through the morning it will become somewhat drier and skies will brighten to allow some good spells of sunshine for the afternoon, the best of this Torridon, Skye, Moidart and down towards Mull. There will still be a scattering of showers through the day. Most of the showers are likely further east across the Trossachs where the odd one may be heavy. Showers becoming more isolated through the evening.

Visibility

Moderate in early rain otherwise very good to excellent. Expect very good air clarity too by afternoon as the winds swing into the north.

Hill fog

Areas down to 500 metres in the early hours and first thing in the morning, especially across western upslopes. Cloud dispersing through the morning with just scattered patches around 900 metres by afternoon.

Maximum winds above 600m

Westerly 35 mph easing 15 to 20 mph by dawn. Veering northerly 25 mph through the morning with gusts to 40 mph. Easing northwesterly 20 mph through the evening.

Temperature

Glens Plus 8 rising to 14 Celsius.
900 m Plus 5 Celsius.
Freezing level Above the summits.

Friday

Weather

A few showers across the far north in the early hours otherwise dry. The walking day will start cold and bright although there will be a few showers north of Torridon at first. Then expect further showers across the north of the Great Glen through the day, with fewer showers and more sunshine across the south. Still cold at height with brisk northwesterly winds.

Visibility

Very good to excellent but falling moderate in any heavier showers.

Hill fog

Scattered patches down to 900 metres and 700 metres in heavier showers.

Maximum winds above 600m

Nortwesterly 20 mph

Temperature

Glens Plus 5 rising to 15 Celsius.
900 m Plus 4 Celsius.
Freezing level Above the summits.

Outlook

Saturday

A northerly airflow will bring sunny spells and showers, a few of these heavy during the afternoon and evening and falling as snow on the higher tops. Feeling chilly with fresh northerly winds.

Sunday

Some early showers across the far north otherwise dry and sunny. Lighter winds than of late.

Monday

Cloud and rain extending eastwards through the day and becoming windy.

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