Ben Nevis completely snow free for first time in over a decade

The highest mountain in the UK has no snow for the first time in 11 years, an expert has revealed.

Snow from atop the UK's highest mountain (pictured) has melted. Picture: Contributed
Snow from atop the UK's highest mountain (pictured) has melted. Picture: Contributed

Iain Cameron, a contributor to the Royal Meteorological Society and an avid snow watcher believes only three patches of snow survive in Scotland’s mountains - one on Aonach Beag in Lochaber and two on Braeriach in the Cairngorms.

Mr Cameron believes that these remaining patches could also vanish like the ones atop Ben Nevis - an event that has not happened since 2003, BBC Scotland reported.

A lack of snow last winter has been a major factor, he said.

Mr Cameron, who surveys snow across Scottish mountain, told the BBC: “The situation this year is mainly down to a lack of snow last winter.

“The summer is not really a factor. The ambient temperature over the summer was not much different than it has been before.”

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“My belief is that all the snow will be gone before the middle of September.”

The summit of Ben Nevis with snowfall. Picture: Ordnance Survey/PA Wire
The summit of Ben Nevis with snowfall. Picture: Ordnance Survey/PA Wire