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 October 2014

Today | Thursday | Friday

Forecast last updated on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 3:21pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Windy; upland gales Scottish Highlands. Extensive low cloud focussed on western mountains, although this may not reach mid and south Wales. Heavy rain W & NW Highlands and patchy rain gradually reaching the rest of Scotland and summits near the north Irish Sea.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales, rain now and again.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, strengthening during morning to typically 45mph, gusts locally 65mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting soon developing where exposed on higher areas - and sudden very strong gusts reaching some lower slopes. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain: mostly afternoon, west of A9

After a dry start, rain intermittently, although extensively dry/occasional light rain lower Cairngorms and Deeside. Briefly snow highest tops as precipitation starts.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher areas

Breaks toward higher tops mainly morning, but typically cloud base dropping to 600 to 800m west of the A9 and 700 to 1000m elsewhere.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10% west of A9 to 30% lower Munros Cairngorms and Deeside.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun here and there east of A9. Fog widely higher mountains; otherwise hazy.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2 rising to 7C; but will feel as cold as minus 10 Celsius on higher tops in morning.

Freezing Level

Soon above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 23rd October 2014

Until after the weekend over Highland Scotland, frequent upland gales or near gales, most widely NW Highlands, frequently raining with cloud shrouding the mountains. Snow on higher summits intermittently Friday onwards. Less windy and wet over mountains in England and Wales, although extensive very low cloud and drizzly rain on Thursday - this clearing only slowly southeastwards on Friday. Substantially dry over the weekend, and very likely early next week.

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