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 Saturday 16th February 2019
Forecast last updated on Friday 15th February 2019 at 2:53pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Drizzly rain across the W/NW Highlands in the morning will fizzle out, and cloud bases will tend to lift. Best breaks toward the Cairngorms. For England & Wales, low cloud mostly focused around Irish Sea coasts, but extensive in south Wales. Blustery winds, gales widely into evening.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Patchy rain fading during morning. Wind strengthening later.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southwesterly, 20 to 30mph, at times 35mph. Strengthening toward sunset, and widely reaching gale force on hills into the night.

Effect of wind on you?

Fairly blustery on higher areas, with local gusty conditions around passes and cols. Noticeable wind chill in exposure on tops.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Largely dry; a little early rain near/west of A9, fading.

Patches of drizzly rain from before dawn continuing into the early morning, focused around Ben Alder. May give sleet above 1000-1100m. Fading during morning to leave the region substantially dry by afternoon. Many hills toward the Lecht and Deeside may well be largely dry all day.

Cloud on the hills?

Covering many tops morning, but breaking up most areas.

Cloud is likely to cap higher areas above 900-1100m for a few hours, locally lower patches from dawn, focused on southern Cairngorms NP. However, by afternoon, most hills clearing with only ragged patches left over on some tops around Ben Alder/Glen Garry.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40% rising to 70% afternoon.

Sunshine?
Air clarity (below cloud)

Glimpses of sunshine. Visibility good or very good, particularly toward north, but locally dull for a few hours in morning, leaving a slight haze.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C. Where exposed to strongest wind, feeling closer to -8C.

Freezing Level

1200 to 1400m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 17th February 2019

South to southwesterly winds continue through the weekend into next week, eventually becoming southeasterly. For 36-48 hours Monday-Tuesday, freezing levels will drop to 900m or briefly lower, with showers of snow or hail on the mountains, focused western Scotland. By midweek, temperatures will lift again, as high pressure rebuilds to the east of Britain. Dry conditions likely to prevail for several days. A thaw will resume, leaving very little snow in general on the mountains. Some low cloud, with inversion conditions some days. Often windy, gale force at times, and locally very gusty.

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