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 Tuesday 5th May 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 4:24pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread rain (or snow higher Scottish tops) across northern Britain; likely most persistent southern & eastern highlands. Extensive low cloud. Expect strong upland winds, but there may be a lull for a few hours. Heavy bursts of rain Snowdonia & Pennines.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Often windy. Rain and low cloud becoming increasingly extensive.

How windy? (On the Munros)

East becoming north to northeasterly, 30 to by late morning on higher areas 40mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Will impede walking on higher areas, and at times make walking difficult. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain increasingly developing

Rain spreading from south, becoming increasingly persistent, particularly Deeside and Lochnagar, but by afternoon enveloping most of the region. West of the A9, amounts fairly small. Snow mainly confined to higher tops; may turn to rain up to about 1100m.

Cloud on the hills?


A few summits may be cloud free initially. But overall cloud widespread across the mountains, lowest base where will form from lower slopes upwards, particularly Deeside.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% north morning; otherwise 10%.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little if any sunshine. Visibility widely reduced by precipitation and fog will develop increasingly from south.

How Cold? (at 900m)

1 to 4C, may slowly rise through the day.

Freezing Level

1100 to 1200m or above.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 6th May 2015

Widespread upland gales during Wednesday, accompanied by bursts of heavy rain (snow Scottish tops). By Thursday, showers continue in the far north-west, although the winds will tend to ease, particularly for England and Wales. Toward the weekend, there is a good deal of uncertainty, with a threat of rain during Saturday. Next week, indications favour a west to south-westerly pattern, bringing mixed, but often mild or warm conditions.

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