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West Highlands

Weather hazards over 300m on Thu 30 Oct 2014

High risk

Gales
Over many hills throughout.
Severe chill effect
Highest risk in the early hours.
Persistent extensive hill fog
Risk increasing overnight and remaining high over all but sheltered northeast on Thursday.

Medium risk

Storm force winds
Over the highest tops, highest risk around daybreak.

Low risk

Heavy persistent rain
Mainly in evening over Cuillin Ridge.

No risk

Blizzards
none
Heavy snow
none
Thunderstorms
none
Strong sunlight
none

Thu 30 Oct 2014

Starting dry in the early hours, with some clear spells in north, but clouding over from the south with some rain and hill fog reaching most by morning. A few heavier bursts of rain in the morning. Many areas then staying dull with further rain or drizzle, but brightening towards Easter Ross and Caithness, so some brighter spells for Ben Wyvis and Morven. Some heavier rain will then edge north in the evening especially over Skye.

Time
0600 to 0900 0900 to 1200 1200 to 1500 1500 to 1800 1800 to 2100 2100 to 2400
Weather
Heavy rain Light rain Drizzle Overcast Light rain Heavy rain
Precipitation probability
80% 70% 70% 60% 80% 80%

Visibility

Very good into the early hours then falling good, but moderate locally poor in rain or drizzle. Becoming mainly good again on sheltered lower slopes in the northeast.

Hill Fog

Just the odd patch at first in the early hours then becoming more extensive above 800m lowering to 450-600m with patches to 300m. In the afternoon, becoming patchy once more in the sheltered northeast.

Max wind above 600m

Southeasterly 35mph at midnight increasing 50 gusts 75mph by dawn, veering southerly 40 gusts 65 mph by afternoon.

Temperature

Valleys:
Between 0 and Plus 3 Celsius at midnight picking up to Plus 6 overnight then rising to Plus 14 Celsius in the afternoon.
800m:
Plus 2 Celsius at midnight rising Plus 4 by dawn then Plus 8 Celsius in the afternoon.
Freezing level:
1100m in the early hours rising above summits by daybreak and well above by midday.

Issued at: 0222 on Thu 30 Oct 2014

Fri 31 Oct 2014

Mostly cloudy with outbreaks rain or drizzle, though some brighter intervals in north. A band of heavier rain will cross from the west during the afternoon and early evening before it turns clearer during the evening with the odd showers.

Visibility

Moderate to poor, locally good in sheltered northeast for a time. Becoming generally good during the evening.

Hill Fog

Widespread to 600m with areas to 300m, lower patches on the west coast, but more patchy above 750m in far northeast, then mostly lifting during the evening except in any showers.

Max wind above 600m

Southerly 50 gusts 70mph increasing 65 gusts 90mph by midday, veering more southwesterly in the evening.

Temperature

Valleys:
Mild overnight Plus 10 at lowest, and peaking at 15 Celsius during the day, falling Plus 8 in the evening,.
800m:
Plus 9 Celsius, falling Plus 5 by midnight.
Freezing level:
Well above the summits.

Issued at: 0222 on Thu 30 Oct 2014

Sat 01 Nov 2014

A bright morning with a few showers, wintry on highest tops then some more persistent rain from mid afternoon and lasting into the evening. Freezing levels near summits but rising. Severe gale to storm force southwest winds.

Issued at: 0222 on Thu 30 Oct 2014

Sun 02 Nov 2014

Clear or sunny intervals and occasional or frequent showers and with snow on the highest summits. Southwesterly gales and a high wind chill, freezing levels around 1300m.

Issued at: 0222 on Thu 30 Oct 2014

Mon 03 Nov 2014

Bright or sunny intervals and few showers, these of snow above about 900m, but 600m by midnight. Strong southwest winds on the tops, then northwesterly gales in the evening,

Issued at: 0222 on Thu 30 Oct 2014