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 Sunday 1st February 2015
Forecast last updated on Saturday 31st January 2015 at 2:12pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Upland gales will lead to widespread severe wind chill. Snow and hail showers, most frequent north and north-western areas of Scotland and Wales. Inland areas of Scotland, also Pennines, will remain substantially dry with bright sunshine.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales; severe wind chill. Snow & hail showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North or northwesterly typically 45mph, or locally 55mph at dawn. Dropping only slightly to around 40mph afternoon.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking/skiing difficult on higher areas, and severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow and hail showers

Snow and hail showers throughout the day, concentrated Cairngorms and Lochnagar, where whiteout likely. Fewest showers southernmost areas from Ben Alder to southern summits in Cairngorms NP. Small risk a rumble of thunder in morning.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, particularly Cairngorms

Frequently covering higher areas with cloud base changing quickly. Near precipitation, shafts of cloud below 700m, sometimes 500m N Cairngorms. Elsewhere typical base 800m but particularly from Ben Alder to southern summits in Cairngorms NP, up to 1100m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% Cairngorms & Monadhliath; 60% S Cairngorms NP.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of bright sun, mostly southern summits in region. Excellent visibility generally; but for periods near zero where in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-7C Feeling as cold as minus 25 Celsius where directly exposed to strongest wind.

Freezing Level

Near or below freezing point from glens upward.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 2nd February 2015

Cold throughout the coming week with snow substantially remaining in place on the mountains and most terrain remaining frozen. By Tuesday or Wednesday onward, substantially fine with winds easing markedly, although toward next weekend, one or two temporary deteriorations, most extensively across the Scottish Highlands as weakening fronts bring temporarily stronger winds and snow (rain lower western areas).

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