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 13th November 2018
Forecast last updated on Monday 12th November 2018 at 4:07pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Brisk winds much of the day across the hills. Largely dry. Showers focused on western areas from dawn (snow Scottish tops) will fizzle out. Cloud breaks to higher tops away from the west coast. Into the evening and night, rain and upland gales will return from the west.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Blustery, chilly. Rare brief showers morning. Cloud breaks.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West gradually backing southerly; 25 to 35mph. Well after dark, will strengthen toward 50-60mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking often impeded on higher areas, with noticeable wind chill. Conditions will deteriorate overnight.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Brief showers morning

Isolated showers morning, of snow above 950m, mainly near and west of the A9. Overnight, rain will develop, mostly southern Cairngorms NP (briefly snow higher tops).

Cloud on the hills?

Breaking toward higher tops

Cloud base typically rising from 700 to 1000m; patches briefly below 650m near showers. Breaks to 1150m, perhaps widely eastern Cairngorms NP.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%, rising to 70% eastern Cairngorms.

Air clarity (below cloud)

Occasional sunshine, most frequent eastern Cairngorms NP. Very good or excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C Wind chill where exposed will feel close to -10C.

Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 14th November 2018

Very wet underfoot on western mountains through midweek with localised flooding possible in south-west Scotland, the Lakes & west Wales. Residual rain will linger in western Scotland into Thursday, and areas of very low cloud will persist. High pressure to the east will then dominate into the weekend and beyond, resulting in a sustained period of dry weather for most mountains, with winds from the east or south-east. After a mild spell, temperatures are expected to lower next week. Low level fog common, and banks of low cloud at times coming in from the North Sea. Sunshine best in the west.

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