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 Thursday 2nd April 2015
Forecast last updated on Thursday 2nd April 2015 at 7:12am

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Summary for all mountain areas

A ridge of high pressure will give a fine day and soon little wind across most mountain areas. However, low cloud and occasional rain (snow higher areas) will persist much of Wales all day, and edge northeast into coastal Scotland through the evening.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Wind falling light; becoming dry. Higher areas sub-freezing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly up to 30mph at dawn; becoming variable with very low speeds by late morning for many hours. By dusk southeasterly up to 20mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Soon negligible

How Wet?

Snow showers dying out

Post dawn, snow showers or flurries will continue to come off the sea mainly to Cairngorms and Lochnagar. But these will die out through morning.

Cloud on the hills?

Many tops clearing

Cloud widely on higher areas until mid morning. However, it may be after midday before Cairngorms and Lochnagar clears.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Greater than 90% afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of bright sunshine extending east, but then later afternoon, high level cloud will gradually cut out the sun again. Visibility becoming excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C rising to 0C

Freezing Level

500m, lifting to 850m. Frost in some glens and corries at dawn, mainly west of A9 and southern Cairngorms NP.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 3rd April 2015

A transition of weather pattern to high pressure will mean substantial fine weather with light wind throughout Easter Week. It will become warm. However, in the shorter term, low cloud on Friday will slowly lift, and overall a lot of cloud over the weekend. Snow will melt slowly by day, often refreezing overnight (particularly next week).

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