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 4th August 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 4th August 2015 at 4:29pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Unusually widespread and strong upland gales for August will make walking difficult on the mountains, strongest winds western Scotland. Lots of showers, merging into several hours of rain in the west. Cloud often covering higher hills. Driest & brightest toward north-east.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales. Persistent showery rain; brightest north-east.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South veering slowly southwesterly, 40 to 55mph; gusts over 60mph on higher areas, particularly Cairngorm plateau.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting where exposed on higher areas throughout the day, often difficult walking conditions.

How Wet?


Showers will extend eastwards. These will become heavy and over 2 or 3 hours the rain may be almost constant. Least rain northern Cairngorms NP & toward the Lecht.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Patches of cloud near showers below 650m. But most cloud above 800 to 1050m, highest base Cairngorms and Deeside.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50% most areas; 60% north & east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of sun mainly lower areas near Cairngorms and Deeside. Haze; fog many higher areas.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 5th August 2015

Remaining unsettled. Fronts pushing northwards on Wednesday will bring rain and strong winds to many mountains. Improving by Thursday, becoming mainly dry with much lighter winds. Friday brings mainly light winds but the risk of some slow moving heavy showers. A brief ridge of high pressure is expected to build around Saturday, but thereafter the pattern is likely to become west-south-westerly, bringing strengthening winds, particularly to Scotland, and risk of rain on many western mountains by Sunday.

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