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Cairngorms National Park, Monadhliath
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Viewing forecast for Wednesday, 2nd January, 2013
Forecast last reviewed on Thursday, 23/05/13 at 09:12
Headline, Cairngorms National Park, Monadhliath
Severe upland gales. Cloud across the summits; rain at first.
Westerly, will increase quickly with height and through the morning, to in the range 45 to 60mph on higher areas.
Effect Of Wind?
Walking will be difficult where exposed on higher areas; particularly near major ridges and through some cols, where in places any mobility tortuous. In places sudden ferocious gusts to low level. Significant wind chill.
Occasional rain, mainly west
Rain at dawn will soon clear to isolated patches. Becoming very wet underfoot with streams rising (due largely to snowmelt).
Cloud on the hills?
Persistent across higher areas
Cloud will shroud the hills all day; base 600 to 800m, lowest west of the A9. However, in Cairngorms NP, breaks likely to 1050m.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Sunshine and air clarity?
Isolated glimpses of sunshine afternoon lower areas. Visibility widely poor with extensive fog on higher areas; very good visibility lower areas Cairngorms NP.
How Cold? (at 900m)
1 to 3 post dawn; gradually rising to 5 to 8C by early afternoon. Will feel as cold as minus 7C directly in the wind.
Soon above the summits.
Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Friday, 24th May, 2013
Remaining cold most the coming week - although the coldest conditions will be tomorrow and Friday. There will be freeze thaw cycles on higher Scottish summits, and on higher tops further south, temperatures often only a couple of degrees above freezing point. Total precipitation will be small, but there will be snow showers (often rain or hail on summits from S Scotland southwards), and into next week, occasionally fronts will bring several hours of rain and low cloud. Overall summits will often be cloud free, and the visibility excellent.