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MWIS launches new mountain weather forecast website

By John Davidson

The Mountain Weather Information Service has launched a new responsive website.
The Mountain Weather Information Service has launched a new responsive website.

Walkers, climbers, skiers and more can now access weather forecasts for mountain regions from a new user-friendly website.

Covering five regions of Scotland including the Cairngorms and the north-west Highlands, the Mountain Weather Information Service is a trusted source of forecasts for hill areas.

The new site is responsive for desktop and smartphone use and has been improved to make the most popular pages easy to access.

All 10 MWIS forecast regions – including five in England and Wales – are now prominent at the top of the homepage, alongside the popular planning video published twice weekly to the MWIS YouTube channel.

The signature MWIS PDF forecasts are formatted in the same as people know and love, and can be downloaded and printed out where necessary.

New features include a new blog, which will be updated by the MWIS forecasting team with general thoughts, snippets of information and background learning on all things mountain weather.

There is also a new MWIS Ambassadors project where trusted individuals and professionals in the mountain community will share their knowledge of the great outdoors and promote safety on the hills.

Another new initiative is A day with MWIS, where people can come and learn all about mountain weather forecasting directly from a professional MWIS meteorologist, whether to help with training for mountain leadership qualifications, or just for general interest.

MWIS is active on social media too, with reports and images through the day posted to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

MWIS says it also plans to add more content to its apps in the coming year, plus mapping tools and lots of learning content.

Garry Nicholson, forecaster and project manager, said: "We’re excited to evolve with the times and bring new features to the MWIS package, complementing our much-loved traditional forecasts with new content so people can find out all the information they need, learn about mountain weather and how to stay safe on the hills.”

To visit the new website, go to: www.mwis.org.uk

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