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 Friday 24th February 2017
Forecast last updated on Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 1:07pm

Today | Saturday | Sunday

Summary for all mountain areas

A lull in the weather as a transient ridge of high pressure crosses Britain. There will be a lull in wind, showers mostly restricted to W & NW Highlands and cloud confined to higher summits. However, deteriorating afternoon western areas: wind strengthening, later snow.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Light wind, dry most of day; deteriorating late on: increasingly windy, snow.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction will vary morning; less than 15mph. Through afternoon strengthening to by dusk 30mph. 60-80mph into the night.

Effect of wind on you?

Negligible most of daylight; but toward dusk, the wind will begin to impede ease of walking on higher areas.

How Wet?

Snow spreading east later afternoon

An envelope of snow will extend eastwards, most likely only late afternoon or at dusk. The precipitation most constant and heaviest west of A9; risk whiteout. Rain only in glens.

Cloud on the hills?

Intermittent on higher tops

Cloud rare below 1000m by late morning, and although cloud will persist on some tops and in corries, many summits will clear. Cloud will begin to lower onto the hills later afternoon, particularly west of A9.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine fairly widely until middle of day, then high level cloud will gradually thicken. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

500m, although some glens partly frozen after a frost.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 25th February 2017

Continued frequent precipitation and upland gales until Monday. Temperatures will drop below freezing point across the Scottish Highlands later Saturday and on higher summits in England and Wales early next week. Through next week, still precipitation from time to time, but higher areas, even into England and Wales will be frequently sub-freezing. Indeed periods of thaw on the Sottish Munros may well be rare.

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