Weekend Weather Outlook

Walter the Weather Girl's summary of the weekend weather outlook for the hills and, would you believe, we may even have snow flurries on Scottish hills... And you thought it was summer ;-)


Posted: 12 May 2006
by Walter the Weather Girl

Weekend Weather 13-14th May '06
in association with ACME® umbrellas



Fact of the Week!

On Sunday August 6, 2000 a shower of dead cats fell on Great Yarmouth.


Our regular Friday round-up of what's in store for the weekend. Just check the links for the relevant weather forecasts and if you want to know how things look in a particular area right now, check out the OM web cams page for a selection of hill cams. And whatever you do, have a good one.

Metcheck for good overviews of localised areas based on a number of meteorological models. Loads of quirky options for stuff like rain forecasts plus offbeat, leftfield weather generalisations. Get stuck in and have a browse, there's a lot on this site.

'...with the weekend just around the corner it's all change, typical hey?... The change will come in the form of a cold front moving down from the North during the rest of Friday and during Saturday. Behind this cold front is markedly cooler air than compared with the majority of this week.

'Not only will temperatures fall as the weekend progresses but there will be a lot of cloudy and wet weather about as well, especially across parts of the North during Saturday where there will even be a risk of sleet and snow over highest parts of Scotland!'

- so it looks like goodbye summer for now anyway :-(

You can check out individual areas or dig a bit deeper for the Mountain Forecast page or the Climbing Forecast page. The Seven-Day Charts give a handy overview too.

Mountain Weather Information Service has great downloadable mountain-specific forecasts for NW, W and SE Highlands, Cairngorms, Southern Uplands, Peak District and Lakes in PDF format. Plus a Snowdonia forecast. The Peak and Snowdonia forecasts are now restricted to weekend forecasts and go out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Worth wading through the increasingly cluttered lay-out.

Cooler than recently. Check individual areas, but you may even find some snow flurries in Scotland on Saturday with the possibility of bursts of rain, some of it heavy, further south. Cool on the tops, particularly north of the border where it may be sub-zero in some areas. Sunday may get the odd scattered shower, but otherwise looks decent in a subdued sort of way.

Check individual forecasts for specific details. Arguably the best mountain-specific forecast out there by a way.

BBC Weather Site uses Met Office data, but more user friendly. Just been revamped for the summer, weird stuff but easy access to a lot more information including rain forecasts, cloud, wind, temperature, visibility etc. Nice. Localised forecasts accessible from the same page.

Saturday 'Sunny spells for Scotland, scattered showers developing in the north. Cloudy with outbreaks of rain for Northern Ireland, Wales, northern and central England. Largely dry for southern England but cloud increasing.'

Sunday 'Largely dry with sunny spells across Scotland and northern England, but a few showers developing in the far north. Cloudier elsewhere with rain or heavy showers from time to time.'

BBC specific areas: Fort William / Kendal / Betws-y-Coed / Aviemore / Skipton / Glossop (Peak) / Brecon / Milton Keynes.

Met Office For localised five-day forecasts use this page. See weather for the next week.

Saturday 'Sunny spells and scattered showers in the north and far south. Cloud and rain through central areas.'

SundayNot dissimilar to Saturday with sunny spells possible in Scotland and northern England, cloud and rain in other areas.

Welsh Mountain Forecasts Useful online forecasts covering the National Park areas of Snowdonia - and the Brecon Beacons.

Scottish Avalanche Information Service - The last daily avalanche forecast for the season has been and gone. In the winter there are avalanche and climbing condition reports for five major Scottish climbing areas - Lochaber, northern and southern Cairngorms, Glencoe and Creag Meagaidh. But we don't want to think about that for a while yet ...

OUTDOORSmagic web cam page Links to all the UK mountain web cams we're aware of. If there's one that we've missed, please drop us a line and we'll add it to the page. Good for getting a general idea of what the snow situation's like, if the sun is shining, whether there's anywhere to park in Coniston etc. Check the image you're viewing is up to date as they often seem to go down. We'll overhaul this page shortly as some of the links aren't functioning or the cameras have disappeared - nicked? You have to hope not ;-)

It's not going to rain that much, probably...
Definitely a walk on the cooler side after recent sunshine.

Verdict If the weathermen are correct - and when did that last happen? - the weather's changing and we can expect cooler conditions over the weekend and the possibility of rain and even some snow flurries north of the border on Saturday. It may even freeze on some Scottish tops too. Sunday looks the better day in terms of rain, but overall it looks okay, if not an idyllic early summer weekend. Our advice is not to forget the waterproofs and expect it to be cool up top. Have a good one.


Obvious Disclaimer Hey come on, we all know mountain weather's unpredictable, and while the above forecasts and links are a guide to what the weather may do, remember that mountain areas also tend to generate their own conditions, temperatures are much cooler up top than in the valleys and conditions can be totally different from down in the valleys.


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