Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath Forecast
Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath. Also includes the Ben Alder area hills between Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan.
Forecast last updated on Sunday 21st December 2014 at 12:23pm
Summary for all mountain areas
Upland gales will continue to be widespread. Snow showers Scottish Highlands. Elsewhere, persistent low cloud and widespread rain, this concentrated western mountains where near north Irish Sea the rain often heavy or torrential.
Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Severe upland gales; snow showers.
How windy? (On the Munros)
Westerly 50 to 60mph.
Effect of wind on you?
Severe wind chill and very difficult walking across higher areas.
Occasional snow showers
Overnight rain will have finished to give fresh snow on higher areas. During daylight, occasional snow and hail showers, mostly fairly brief and west of the A9; few if any reaching Deeside.
Cloud on the hills?
Frequently covering higher tops
Continually varying cloud base, sometimes cloud below 750m near showers, but breaks to 1100m, occasionally higher, particularly areas accessible from Deeside.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
Sunshine and air clarity?
Bright sunshine, most widely east. The air very clear.
How Cold? (at 900m)
All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 23rd December 2014
The outlook for the Christmas period remains complicated (with into the weekend after Christmas up to 40mb pressure difference near the UK in the numerous model forecasts run by the four main centres). Until Christmas frequent upland gales, rain, or in Scotland intermittently snow falling to lower slopes. Then a transient high will give lighter winds Christmas Day and perhaps Boxing Day England and Wales. Then further upland gales, and more likely than not over the weekend, areas of snow and freezing levels dropping rapidly. Toward New Year, forecasts now overwhelmingly resume often gale force westerly winds & frequent rain (or snow Scottish Highlands).