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West Highland: forecast weather

Wednesday, 30 July 2014: dawn to dusk

Printable view Forecast issued: 1747 on Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Overview for Thursday

An unsettled day with plenty of showers or outbreaks of rain. A more organised band of rain is likely to affect the north with a more scattered feel to the showers in the south, although these heavy and occasionally thundery.

Hazards Risk Explanation
Blizzards No Risk  
Heavy snow No Risk  
Storm force winds No Risk  
Gales Medium Gusts 45mph likely near any heavy showers.
Severe chill effect No Risk  
Persistent and extensive hill fog Low Mainly in the west.
Thunderstorms No Risk  
Heavy persistent rain Medium Risk across much of the region away from the far north.
Strong Sunlight No Risk  

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Weather summary and probability of precipitation for Thursday
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Detailed mountain weather forecast: West Highlands



Cloudy overnight in the west with outbreaks of light rain, clearer and drier in the south and east. A band of rain will then push in to Skye and Lochaber around dawn, this occasionally heavy. This will slowly shift northeast to affect Glen Affric and Torridon by late morning and may remain fairly slow-moving during the afternoon. Conditions further south should start drier with perhaps some bright spells, however scattered showers are likely to develop during the afternoon, these occasionally heavy and thundery with a risk of hail. The very far north is expected to remain mainly dry. Drier conditions then expected to develop during the evening.


Moderate or good, but falling poor or very poor in heavier showers.

Hill fog

Occasional around 600m near the more organised rain in the north. Occasional above 1000m further south however occasional patches above 600m near any heavy showers, but with some cloud-free summits away from showers.

Maximum winds above 600m

Westerly 25mph with gusts 40-45mph near heavier showers, easing 20mph and veering northwest later.


Glens Plus 8 Celsius rising to Plus 19 Celsius in the sunnier spells in the afternoon though falling again in showers.
900 m Plus 9 Celsius.
Freezing level Above summits.



A mixed day of sunshine and showers. The showers will be mainly light to start but are likely to turn heavier again during the afternoon with a further risk of thunder and hail. The current focus for the heaviest and most frequent showers is towards the south with the northwest potentially seeing drier conditions, however there is still some uncertainty regarding this.


Mainly good but falling moderate or poor near any heavy showers.

Hill fog

Often above the summits but occasional patches above 600m near showers.

Maximum winds above 600m

Generally southwest 20mph with gusts 40mph near heavier showers in the south, but northeast 15mph in the far north.


Glens Plus 8 Celsius rising to plus 18 Celsius but falling again near showers and through the evening.
900 m Plus 8 Celsius.
Freezing level Above the summits.



Likely to be cloudier in the east with outbreaks of rain, occasionally heavy. Drier, brighter conditions expected in the west. Moderate to strong northeasterly winds developing with gales in the north.


Starting cloudy with showers or outbreaks of rain, these occasionally heavy. Drier, brighter conditions likely to spread from the south later in the day. Risk of gale force northwesterly winds, especially in the northwest.


Expected to start off fine and dry with sunny spells. Cloud building through the day with a risk of afternoon showers. Moderate to strong southwesterly winds.

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