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 20th June 2018
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 19th June 2018 at 4:07pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Fronts will clear slowly south-eastwards across England and Wales, bringing rain and low cloud for several hours, then becoming brighter from the north. Scotland sees scattered showers, these becoming heavier and more widespread later, of snow on highest summits.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Cool and breezy. Early rain, showers later; snow high tops.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly (northwesterly at first), 15 to often 20mph by afternoon, but later 25mph, or 30mph by dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Mostly fairly small, but noticeable wind chill where exposed on higher tops. Gusty around showers later.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Passing showers; local heavy bursts evening

Remnants of overnight rain soon clearing post-dawn. A few brief showers moving from west to east throughout the day, mostly northern Cairngorms NP, but often dry. Into the evening, a risk of local heavy bursts spreading from the west for a few hours. Snow on highest tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Clearing toward higher tops

Shrouding many hills in morning above 700-900m, but cloud base lifting through day. Many tops should clear by afternoon, perhaps sooner. Patches reforming in evening showers.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60% morning; 80% afternoon.

Air clarity (below cloud)

Sunshine in and out, although skies generally cloudy. Visibility mostly very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 to 6C

Freezing Level

Around 1300m, lowering to 1200m by evening.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 21st June 2018

High pressure builds from the west later this week to bring plenty of fair weather over the next week to 10 days. This weekend has a risk of patchy rain and low cloud for the north-western Highlands brought in on fresh westerly winds, otherwise it will be dry with many summits clear. Rather cool in the short term, but temperatures rising into next week, and eventually it may become widely hot and humid. By the end of June this may break into thunderstorms. Check our latest planning outlook video at, updated Tuesday and Friday.

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