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West Highlands

Weather hazards over 1000ft

High risk

Persistent extensive hill fog
During the morning, north of Lochaber.

Medium risk

Thunderstorms
Isolated during the afternoon

Low risk

Strong sunlight
Risk of sunburn across all parts in prolonged sunshine

No risk

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

Thu 24 Apr 2014

The walking day will start rather gloomy with some rain and drizzle around. Soon drying up from the southwest with brighter conditions developing by the end of the morning. Sunny spells in the afternoon with heavy, slow moving showers developing, a few of these may turn thundery.

Time
0600 to 0900 0900 to 1200 1200 to 1500 1500 to 1800 1800 to 2100 2100 to 2400
Weather
Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Heavy shower day Light shower day Light shower day
Precipitation probability
30% 0% 20% 30-50% 20% 10-30%

Visibility

Moderate or poor in the morning, improving to good from the southwest. The clarity of the air continues to be moderate at best so it will be quite hazy.

Hill Fog

Extensive down to 400 metres over the far northwest, and as low as 200 metres on southeastern facing upslopes of the Caithness hills. Slowly lifting and breaking to scattered patches around 750 metres by the end of the morning.

Max wind above 600m

Southeasterly 25mph, gradually easing to 15mph through the afternoon.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 7 Celsius rising to 13 Celsius by afternoon, and 15 Celsius in the sunnier south.
800m:
Plus 5 Celsius.
Freezing level:
Above the summits.

Issued at: 0341 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

Fri 25 Apr 2014

Mainly dry overnight with a few mist patches around. A dry start to the walking day with overnight mist patches soon dissolving away. Staying dry over the Northwest Highlands and Skye but becoming cloudier. Some patchy rain spreading from the east to the rest of the area during the afternoon but this very light.

Visibility

Moderate or good but continuing to be fairly hazy.

Hill Fog

Patches below 400 metres in the morning soon dissolving away but persisting over Caithness. Elsewhere broken at around 750 metres but this lowering to 600 metres across the east of the region in the rain.

Max wind above 600m

Easterly 30 mph increasing 40mph with gusts to 55mph possible across the south of the area later in the day.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 7 rising to 15 Celsius.
800m:
Plus 5 Celsius
Freezing level:
Above the summits.

Issued at: 0341 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

Sat 26 Apr 2014

Some dry and bright weather towards Argyll, otherwise rather cloudy with the chance of some rain this possibly heavy at times across the Northwest Highlands. Gale force easterly winds developing.

Issued at: 0341 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

Sun 27 Apr 2014

Little change, cloudy with the chance of some rain in the east, best of any dry and bright weather on offer likely to be towards the west coast. Occasionally fresh easterly winds easing.

Issued at: 0341 on Thu 24 Apr 2014

Mon 28 Apr 2014

Cloudy with rain in the north moderate easterly winds. Dry with bright or sunny intervals in the south.

Issued at: 0341 on Thu 24 Apr 2014