Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath Forecast

Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath. Also includes the Ben Alder area hills between Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan.

Viewing Weather Forecast for Tuesday 24th January 2017
Forecast last updated on Monday 23rd January 2017 at 1:43pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A zone of low cloud and patchy rain extends across S & SW Scotland, plus western-most hills in England & Wales. Elsewhere largely dry, cloud breaks to higher tops, particularly N Scotland. Windy on Scottish mountains; gale force in N & NW Highlands. Some terrain frozen.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Blustery on hills. Largely dry, cloud breaks toward some tops.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, 30 to 40mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting and wind chill where exposed on higher areas.

How Wet?

Little if any rain

Patches of rain and drizzle, mostly west of A9 and southern summits Cairngorms NP. Elsewhere, rare if any rain.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly south & west; may break up toward east & north

Cloud extensive above 600 to 800m west of A9 and southern summits Cairngorms NP. Toward Cairngorms and Deeside, breaks to 1050m, and possibly the cloud occasionally clearing altogether, most likely Lochnagar.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% west; 40% east & north.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun valleys, most frequent eastern summits Deeside to the Lecht. Hazy; fog some higher southern areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 to 5C, warmest toward The Lecht; little change in temperature with height from valleys to summits.

Freezing Level

Mostly above the summits; although some higher areas close to or just below freezing point. Much terrain still frozen.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 25th January 2017

Southerly winds will be gale or severe gale force on most hills and mountains for the rest this week, although it will remain largely dry as fronts are held at bay to the west of Britain. A little rain or drizzle and low cloud will drift onto western hills from time to time, but many tops should be often clear. A change to a more pronounced south-westerly regime is expected by the end of the month, although there is uncertainty about how quickly this evolves around the weekend - many areas may remain largely dry until into next week. Often near or below freezing on higher areas - terrain at least partly frozen. Next week, periods of freeze and thaw are likely.

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