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 20th August 2014

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Forecast last updated on Wednesday 20th August 2014 at 7:13am

Summary for all mountain areas

Remaining particularly cold for August. Showers, mostly toward northern and western coastal areas will tend to migrate inland during the day, although NW Scotland will be increasingly wet toward evening. Less windy overall.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Showers; less windy.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly, typically 20 to 25mph, strongest Cairngorm plateau and Lochnagar where speeds may occasionally reach 30mph. Will tend to drop toward 15mph later in the day.

Effect of wind on you?

Fairly small.

How Wet?


Scattered showers throughout the day (sleet highest tops), most frequent morning northern Cairngorms NP and Lochnagar areas. Pockets drizzly rain, mainly west of A9, evening

Cloud on the hills?

Confined to higher areas; and increasingly clearing

Overall, cloud base lifting, with summits free of cloud by about midday. But Cairngorms & perhaps Lochnagar will be slower to clear, with cloud widely above 750m at first, and by midday 1050m, or perhaps N Cairngorms still few breaks above 900m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

90% by late morning; but 10%, by late afternoon 90% northeast

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sunshine from time to time, mainly south. High level cloud will fill in during afternoon. Patches of fog on higher areas toward the north east and around showers. Visibility otherwise excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C rising by only a degree or two through the day: distinctly cold for August.

Freezing Level

Just above the highest summits, but slight frost in some valleys and corries until after dawn.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 21st August 2014

Remaining cold on the mountains - and also at night in many valleys with ground frost some nights - until Sunday. The air very clear and many summits free of cloud during the day; although there will continue to be showers - these dying out through the weekend. Rain and areas of low cloud will come in early next week as an Atlantic low approaches and then crosses Britain.

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