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 Monday 2nd February 2015
Forecast last updated on Sunday 1st February 2015 at 2:11pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Wind speeds lighter than recent days, but where exposed still considerable wind chill. Most areas dry, but in north and north-west Scotland, also around Snowdon, expect areas of snow and hail showers.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Blustery on tops; severe wind chill. Snow flurries, mostly north.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 35 to 40mph morning, backing slowly northwesterly and easing toward 25mph by afternoon. Overnight into Tuesday, risk increasing significantly, northerly 50-60mph for a few hours.

Effect of wind on you?

Will impede ease of walking, and mostly morning, considerable buffeting and severe wind chill on higher areas. Overnight conditions may become extreme.

How Wet?

Snow flurries, mostly north

Occasional brief snow and hail showers; most frequent Cairngorms and perhaps Lochnagar, risk temporary whiteout; few if any showers southern summits in Cairngorms NP. Risk from north of deterioration to constant snow overnight.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly confined to higher northern areas

Cloud base variable: Will range from lowest and most extensive Cairngorms, where often at or below 900m, but occasional breaks to 1050m. Elsewhere, cloud rarely below 800m and often 1050m or above.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40% N Cairngorms & Monadhliath; 70% S Cairngorms NP & Deeside.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of bright sun, most widely southern summits in Cairngorms NP. The air very clear indeed - but visibility locally temporarily appalling in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-6C; but feeling close to minus 20 Celsius where exposed to strongest wind.

Freezing Level

Terrain frozen from glens upward.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 3rd February 2015

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

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