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 22nd August 2014

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Forecast last updated on Thursday 21st August 2014 at 4:27pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Showers, mostly confined to northern Scotland, (sleet on highest summits) throughout the day, and Wales during morning. Many Scottish summits soon clearing away from far north and west, but slower to clear Wales & Pennines. Wind speeds fairly light in all regions.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Showery, mostly north. Summits clearing in south.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North to northwesterly, typically 20 to 25mph, strongest Cairngorm Plateau. Elsewhere may drop occasionally to 15-20mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Fairly small.

How Wet?

Showers, sleet highest tops

Showers, mostly northern Cairngorms NP & Monadhliath in the morning. By afternoon and evening, showers extending further south and east into the Cairngorms & Deeside, although may be very well scattered on areas accessed from Glen Garry. Sleet highest tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly confined to north

Many southern summits will clear substantially by late morning. Cloud may persist above 1100m northern Cairngorms most of the day, but patchy cloud down to 700m near showers.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% north; 80& south.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of bright sunshine, most extensive southern Cairngorms NP & Deeside in morning, before clouds tend to fill in more widely by afternoon. There may be areas of fog on higher areas near showers, otherwise visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C, rising toward 6C south.

Freezing Level

Just above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 23rd August 2014

Until Sunday night, cold on the mountains - and also at night in many valleys with ground frost some nights. The air very clear and many summits free of cloud; although there will be showers - these dying out through the weekend when the wind will gradually drop away. Rain and areas of low cloud will come in on Monday as an Atlantic low approaches and then crosses Britain. However, the rain may largely miss the NW Highlands. Through the week, generally unsettled, with further rain from time to time.

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