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East Highlands

Weather hazards over 1000ft

High risk

Persistent extensive hill fog
During the morning, and throughout the day across eastern ranges.

Medium risk

No medium risks
none

Low risk

Strong sunlight
Risk of sunburn across Creag Meagaidh and Hills of Cromdale in prolonged sunshine

No risk

Blizzards
none
Heavy snow
none
Storm force winds
none
Gales
none
Severe chill effect
none
Thunderstorms
none
Heavy persistent rain
none

Fri 25 Apr 2014

Cloudy and misty in the east overnight with outbreaks of rain. The walking day will again start rather gloomy with some rain and drizzle around, this becoming occasionally heavy over the east of the area. 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 through the afternoon, this always heaviest and most persistent over the east of the area and Lochnagar in particular.

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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.

Max wind above 600m

Southeasterly 15 to 20mph.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 7 rising to 14 Celsius in the west, but 10 Celsius where it remains dull.
800m:
Plus 5 Celsius.
Freezing level:
Above the summits.

Issued at: 1429 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

Sat 26 Apr 2014

Cloudy and misty overnight with outbreaks of rain. The walking day will be cloudy and murky with outbreaks of rain, these turning heavy at times particularly over the east of the area and Lochnagar and the Angus hills in particular. This rain will be driven along on gale force southeasterly winds which will lead to some fairly miserable conditions. During the late afternoon the rain will gradually become lighter and more patchy from the south but will remain cloudy.

Visibility

Moderate or poor throughout the day and very poor over the eastern upslopes.

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 with patches down to 400 metres at times.

Max wind above 600m

Southeasterly 15 to 20mph overnight increasing to 40 with gusts to 60mph by morning and staying at gale force throughout the day.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 7 rising to 12 Celsius
800m:
Plus 5 Celsius
Freezing level:
Above the summits.

Issued at: 1429 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

Sun 27 Apr 2014

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

Issued at: 1429 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

Mon 28 Apr 2014

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

Issued at: 1429 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

Tue 29 Apr 2014

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.

Issued at: 1429 on Thu 24 Apr 2014