Mountain weather

Southwest Highlands

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Southwest Highlands Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

Generally high for Saturday. Becoming moderate on Sunday with uncertainty in timing and how far south and east rain extends. Low for the chance of showers Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Mountain weather forecast

A dry bright morning. Patchy rain in the afternoon and evening.

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Additional weather information

Weather

A dry bright morning with mainly high cloud. Patchy rain is likely to spread into Lochaber in the afternoon, with a few spots extending into Argyll in the evening.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

70%, occasional patchy above 700-800m, mainly across western hills, becoming more frequent above 600m near the coast by evening.

Visibility

Generally good, although distant views rather hazy in the morning.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Best of the conditions to the east of Loch Lomond.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Cloudy through the early hours, some patchy rain mainly across Lochaber. Becoming brighter through the morning with some sunny spells developing for the afternoon.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

40% early morning. Cloud largely above the summits towards Loch Lomond, but often down to 500-600m across Mull and western Lochaber. Improving to 80% by the afternoon with cloud largely above the summits.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwest 20-25 mph increasing 35 mph by the afternoon.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 9 Celsius.
  • Glen Plus 9 Celsius rising to 17 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Well above the summits.

Visibility

Often poor at height in low cloud across western ranges in the morning. Mainly good in the afternoon.

Mountain weather information

Monday 22 April

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Largely dry with some good spells of sunshine, but strong southerly winds, easing slightly later in the day. Warm in sheltered glens. A very slight chance of a shower late in the day.

Tuesday 23 April

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Largely dry and warm with bright or sunny spells. A few isolated showers are possible. Fresh southeast winds easing.

Wednesday 24 April

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Mainly dry but rather cloudy, although a few showers are possible, most likely near the west coast. Moderate Southeast winds, strong for a time across higher summits.

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Summit specific forecast map

Summit specific forecasts for Southwest Highlands

The South West Highlands is an extensive area of mountains, moorland, islands and sea which is home to several distinctly different cultures. The West Highland Way was Scotland's first long distance route and remains by far the most popular. It stretches for 94 miles from Milngavie on the edge of Glasgow to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis.

The South West Highlands area is very sparsely populated, with many mountain ranges including the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis, standing at 1,344 metres. This mountain is a popular destination attracting an estimated 100,000 ascents a year. The 700 metre cliffs of the north face are among the highest in the UK, providing classic scrambles and rock climbs of all difficulties for climbers and mountaineers.

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