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West Highlands

Weather hazards over 1000ft

High risk

Gales
Throughout at higher levels and briefly to low levels in the north.
Severe chill effect
Colder air than of late with subzero summits and gales combining.

Medium risk

Strong sunlight
Sunny spells leading to sunburn risk, especially where snowcover.

Low risk

Storm force winds
Likely at highest levels until late afternoon.
Thunderstorms
Outside chance over the far north of the area in the morning.
Heavy persistent rain
Mainly over the Cuillin Range.

No risk

Blizzards
none
Heavy snow
none
Persistent extensive hill fog
none

Thu 17 Apr 2014

Showers this morning morning and turning to snow on the Munro tops. The outside chance of thunder over the Sutherland Hills, then much brighter, especially in the south where the rest of the day should be mainly sunny, though any showers in the north will turn to snow down to 600m. The north will become dry too in the evening,

Time
0600 to 0900 0900 to 1200 1200 to 1500 1500 to 1800 1800 to 2100 2100 to 2400
Weather
Heavy snow Heavy snow shower day Sunny intervals Sunny day Clear night Clear night
Precipitation probability
40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 0%

Visibility

Mostly good though poor in heavier showers in the morning. Improving very good in the south with almost unlimited views of distant peaks.

Hill Fog

Occasional to 500m and widespread above 750m at first this morning. Then becoming patchy mainly in showers and above 750-900m.

Max wind above 600m

Westerly 50 gusts 75mph veering north to northwest during the morning, easing 35 gusts 45mph later in the afternoon and 25mph by midnight.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 5 Celsius rising to 9 Celsius in the north and 12 in the south in the early afternoon, falling to 2 Celsius by midnight.
800m:
Plus 3 Celsius in early hours falling to 0 Celsius in the day and Minus 2 in the evening.
Freezing level:
Above summits in early hours falling 900m during the morning and 750m in the late afternoon and evening.

Issued at: 0240 on Thu 17 Apr 2014

Fri 18 Apr 2014

A fine dry day with some clear or sunny spells.

Visibility

A few mist or freezing fog patches around dawn otherwise very good to excellent.

Hill Fog

None expected.

Max wind above 600m

Northwest becoming southwest 10-15mph.

Temperature

Valleys:
Minus 2 Celsius rising to Plus 14 Celsius.
800m:
Minus 2 Celsius rising to 5 Celsius in the afternoon.
Freezing level:
600m rising to 1200m, perhaps briefly above summits in the afternoon.

Issued at: 0240 on Thu 17 Apr 2014

Sat 19 Apr 2014

Another dry day with some clear or sunny spells though cloudier over the far Northwest Highlands. Rain currently expected to stay offshore over the Outer Hebrides but not too far away. Moderate southeasterly winds, a stronger southwesterly in the far northwest. Visibility good though perhaps a little hazier than Friday. Freezing levels 900m at night though rising above summits in sunshine.

Issued at: 0240 on Thu 17 Apr 2014

Sun 20 Apr 2014

Another dry day with some clear or sunny spells. Strengthening northeasterly winds. Freezing levels 900m at night though rising above summits in sunshine.

Issued at: 0240 on Thu 17 Apr 2014

Mon 21 Apr 2014

Cloudier with outbreaks of rain in the east and strong to gale easterly winds. Snow on the higher summits. Drier across much of the west.

Issued at: 0240 on Thu 17 Apr 2014