Mountain Weather Forecast - Issued 3rd May 2012
Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:30
Cool, but fairly bright for most parts. Some snow showers in north. Rain spreading from west on Monday
High pressure over Greenland and low pressure over Scandinavia and a cool northerly feed of air coming down over the British Isles, with some snow showers, mainly in the north. A small area of low pressure moves in off the Atlantic on Monday to bring a wet end to the bank holiday weekend.
The Weekend in Detail:
Saturday 5th May - a fairly cloudy day across the Highlands with scattered snow showers. Some higher summits may be obscured but most should be clear at times. Showers most frequent in the north with southern parts of Argyll and Perthshire best placed for more in the way of sunny spells. Accumulations shouldn't amount to much.
After a frosty start, a fine day across the Southern Uplands, Northern England and North Wales with mainly cloud free summits and a good deal of sunshine, though cloud likely to increase through the day. Maybe just the occasional small snow shower across the Southern Uplands and the Lake District.
Cloudier across South Wales with some hill fog to start in the Brecon Beacons but brightening up here in the afternoon. Some rain to start with and probably remaining cloudy with hill fog for much of the day across the SW Moors though. Cloud breaking in most parts of England and Wales in the evening to give a cold, clear night.
With the freezing level down to around 2,000ft across England and Wales and lower in the Highlands, it'll feel fairly cold with quite a wind chill for the time of year - more like March than May.
Sunday 6th May - a fairly similar day for most parts, though brighter for the Brecon Beacons and SW Moors. Maybe cloudier in the afternoon with wintry showers a bit more widespread and heavier in the HIghlands, but winds lighter than on Saturday and less of a wind chill. Rain and low cloud spreading across Ireland from the west in the afternoon.
Bank Holiday Monday 7th May - although starting bright in some places, cloud quickly spreading from the west across England, Wales and Southern Scotland with hill fog and rain pushing in through the morning to affect most parts by early afternoon. Some heavy rain in places. Freezing level rising to just above summits but some snow possible over higher peaks in England and Wales at first. Cloudy but more showery across the Highlands with here some further snow likely over 2,500ft.
Continuing unsettled through next week with more heavy rain at times, especially across southern parts of Britain with snow possible at times over hills in the north. It looks like we may see things settle down a bit and for it to turn warmer towards the middle of the month.
For the latest daily weather update covering most upland regions of Britain, more please visit The Mountain Weather Information Service website provided by Geoff Monk.
Met Office Mountain Forecasts are also available for the Highlands, Lake District, Peak District and Wales.
Note: this is a personal interpretation of likely weather conditions on the UK hills and is intended for general guidance purposes only. Local conditions may vary and changes may occur suddenly and without warning. Extreme caution should always be exercised when venturing into the hills
TOI 12.30 BST – 3rd May 2012
Forecast by Andy Mayhew for Ukww
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