Mountain Weather Forecast - Issued 17th May 2012
Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:24
A fairly quiet weekend, though some rain in places, especially on Saturday.
High pressure over Scotland, low pressure situated over the near continent. A weakening front bringing rain and hill fog to central parts of Britain on Saturday. Light to moderate easterly winds, a bit fresher across England and Wales on Sunday.
The Weekend in Detail:
Saturday 12th May - looks like we'll see a slow moving front push up from the south through the morning, reaching northern England before weakening in the afternoon. Most upland parts of England and Wales likely to be quite cloudy with some hill fog and rain - the rain heaviest and more persistent through the middle part of the day across northern England and perhaps some parts of Snowdonia and the Southern Uplands. Some sleet and snow possible over Cross Fell and the highest summits in the Lake District. Rain should ease and cloud start to lift later in the afternoon, from the north. South Wales and the SW Moors should be a bit brighter, mostly dry, though still cloudy. Mostly dry across the Scottish Highlands, with some broken cloud - brightest here in the north and west, with a risk of the odd wintry shower in the Cairngorms and Angus glens. Winds mostly light and temperatures close to normal across most of England and Wales, but on the cool side still in Scotland. Overnight any remaining light rain in northern England should die out.
Sunday 13th May - a bright and dry day across the Scottish Highlands, Southern Uplands, N Ireland and for much of Wales and northern England. Most summits clear throughout. However cloud spilling up from SE England through the day bringing a risk of some hill fog and rain by afternoon to the SW Moors and possibly parts of south and east Wales and the Peak District - though some uncertainty on the extent of this at present. Light winds across Scotland, but fresher northeasterlies across England, making it a bit cool over summits - however, where dry, especially in the west, it shouldn't feel too bad!
With luck we'll see high pressure extending down across most of the country on Tuesday, but before then Monday looks likely to see some more rain affecting southern England and Wales. Thereafter, most upland parts therefore seeing a drier spell of weather, although rain likely to affect Ireland at times. Perhaps more unsettled again next weekend, though uncertainty at present as to where the high pressure will sit by that stage. Western parts likely to be warmest with still a cool breeze in the east at times.
Overall, the second half of May looks like being a bit warmer and drier than the first half. But no real heatwave on the way as yet.
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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 12.20 BST – 170th May 2012
Forecast by Andy Mayhew for Ukww
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 19:09
No weather pics to speak of so a view of the Lochaber hills while out with the dog.....
Headed up Alisary Burn to the slopes of Rois-bheinn to check out the view but unfortunately it clouded over ...next time!
On Meall an Doire Dhuinn above Conaglen....
Ben from Meall an Doire Dhuinn...
Stob Coire a´ Chearcaill from Meall an Doire Dhuinn...
Snow cover on the Ben, busy day up there by the looks of it
Saw the rescue chopper landing on the summit.
Posted 20 May 2012 - 20:57
Looks like the predictions of ill prepared 3 Peakers on the Ben might be accurate. Five finger gully awaits there for anyone in a white-out! Or, alternatively, Glen Nevis:
I always laugh at the big red sign suggesting the waterslide isn't the way up the Ben - it looks like a perfectly good route to me, as long as you don't try and cross the waterslide itself. Mind you, my idea of a good route wouldn't include the tourist path...
Looks it was actually a climber in Point 5 gully rather than a walker:
So perhaps I was leaping to conclusions a bit...
This post has been edited by Tim Prosser: 20 May 2012 - 21:03