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 22nd May 2019
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 3:58pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A front lies across the far north of Scotland, producing areas of rain or showers and cloud shrouding the hills. Fewer showers further south across the Highlands, with cloud breaks to many tops. A strengthening breeze. England & Wales largely dry with sunshine, broken cloud.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Patchy rain and low cloud, focused north. A stiff breeze.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to northwesterly, 20 to 25mph, but 30 locally 35mph higher terrain during afternoon and evening.

Effect of wind on you?

Fairly small, but increasingly blustery later in day; feeling cool in exposure.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Occasional showers

A little showery rain possible through the day, focused mostly on northern Cairngorms & Monadhliath. A chance of becoming frequent over an hour or so, locally heavy with hail. A chance of rain becoming more persistent from the north later in the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Breaking to many tops

Banks of cloud covering some higher slopes in morning, but breaking up through middle of day. Patches may linger on Cairngorms, but many hills clearing.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Mostly cloudy, patches of sun. Visibility very good away from showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C around dawn, rising toward 7C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits. Slight frost possible some glens and corries around dawn.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 23rd May 2019

A slack pressure pattern continues, with low pressure centred toward the northeast. Rather cool across northern Scotland for the rest of this week. Many places largely dry with just local brief showers or patches of drizzly rain. Mixed conditions prevail into the Bank Holiday weekend and beyond, with fairly low pressure in charge, but weather systems still moving around slowly. Expect rain from time to time, plus some heavy showers, in places giving rain for several hours. Cloud often shrouding higher terrain during or after rain. Temperatures around average for late May.

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