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Heading to the hills this weekend? Unsure whether to pack your sunglasses or your gaiters? We give you the lowdown on what to expect

Updated 17.40 on Thursday 16 November

After a milder spell, winter returns to the mountains this weekend with freezing levels dropping below most summits (except in Wales, where slightly milder conditions are expected) and frosts in some valleys. Saturday could be windy at first, with galeforce gusts – particularly in the West Highlands – but these winds will probably die off towards dusk, and lighter winds are expected on Sunday in all areas.

Sunday is looking like the best day across the board. Saturday could see snow showers and a slightly higher risk of hill fog, while many summits will be cloud-free on Sunday, along with widespread sunshine. The main exception to that is the Cairngorms, where extensive low cloud is expected throughout the weekend.

If walking on higher summits, be aware that you could encounter full winter conditions and cold temperatures despite the relatively good forecast for the time of year.

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