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 6th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 6th March 2015 at 12:08pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread gales across most mountain areas. Low cloud will be extensive with occasional rain and drizzle, particularly western mountains. However, the rain will be persistent much of the west and northwest Highlands, with runoff augmented by accelerating snowmelt.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Storm force upland winds developing. A little rain.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly; very marked increase with height to 40-60mph and in afternoon 60-90mph where exposed on higher areas.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking very difficult where exposed on higher areas, and by afternoon any mobility tortuous. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

A little rain and drizzle

Occasional snow flurries, changing to drizzle and rain up to highest tops by afternoon, will affect southern Cairngorms NP and west of the A9. Little if any elsewhere.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive west and south

Blanket low cloud southern Cairngorms NP and west of A9 south of Newtonmore. Elsewhere, cloud confined above 900 to 1100m by midday, and may break completely in places, most likely summits accessed from Deeside.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10% west and south to 30% Cairngorms and Lochnagar area

Sunshine and air clarity?

Pockets of sunshine lower Cairngorms and particularly Deeside. Widely foggy western and southern hills; very good visibility elsewhere.

How Cold? (at 900m)

1C rising from southwest to 4C. Will feel as cold as minus 14C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

1000m, lifting above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 7th March 2015

Mild throughout the next week or more, with only few periods, mainly confined to the Scottish Highlands, where summit temperatures are below freezing point. Areas of low cloud, rain and strong winds will affect the mountains. Over the W & NW Scottish Highlands on Friday and Saturday, rainfall will be extreme, and with substantial snow melt. There will be flooding. Overall, drier, initially over England and Wales later next week as pressure gradually builds over nearby Europe.

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