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 Wednesday 26th September 2018
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 3:08pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Upland gales Cumbria northwards, increasingly severe northwards into the Scottish Highlands. Occasional rain, although the rain persistent W/NW Highlands. Fine with light winds Peak District and Wales. Many summits from Snowdon range northwards cloud covered all day.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland severe gale or storm force winds; occasional rain. Fog higher tops.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 55, perhaps 75mph, although nearer 45mph Arran and southernmost summits near Loch Lomond. Will tend to ease marginally afternoon.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking widely very difficult on higher areas, and in some areas through cols and passes. Sudden gusts some lower slopes. Significant wind chill.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Rain; very frequent west of A9

Rain frequently west of A9; in some areas rarely ceasing and becoming very wet underfoot. Progressively east of the A9, the rain lighter and on and off. In some areas often just 'spots in the wind'.

Cloud on the hills?

Very extensive on higher areas

Cloud will shroud higher areas all day; frequently forming near 650m west of A9. Most cloud above 700m Cairngorms NP, but few breaks above 950m, or near Lochnagar area 1050m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Isolated pockets weak sunshine valleys near Cairngorms. Hazy.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 27th September 2018

High pressure, generally centred over or near S Britain will bring extensively dry conditions over the next 10 days. However, around the periphery of the high in Scotland, intermittently windy (particularly north), and weakening fronts will bring occasional rain southwards. Higher Munros often close to freezing point, and slight frost many valleys some nights.

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