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 Saturday 6th February 2016
Forecast last updated on Saturday 6th February 2016 at 3:06pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A complex situation, as fronts advance north & east. Northern Scotland likely dry much of daylight. Gales on western Scottish mountains. Snow advances north into the Highlands. Rain becomes frequent S.Uplands southwards. Upland gales southern Pennines & Snowdonia.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Strong upland winds. Dry overall north, snow later south.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southeasterly, 35 to 45mph, typically strongest western areas, gusts over 50mph Cairngorm Plateau.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting on higher areas; locally difficult walking. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow developing in south later

Substantially dry for many hours, most likely all of daylight northern Cairngorms. However, particularly into afternoon, snow will gradually develop on areas accessed from Glen Garry & Deeside, becoming persistent later.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little

Tops may be free of cloud for much of the day, particularly northern Cairngorms. However, where precipitation develops, banks of cloud may form on higher areas, lowering later.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70% north, later 30% south.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Hazy early sun will give way to thickening cloud. Visibility excellent, but fog may form on southern slopes later.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C, rising slightly into the evening; but where directly exposed to wind, may feel close to -20C some areas.

Freezing Level

500m, rising slowly through day, by dusk briefly toward 800m; frost many glens in morning.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 7th February 2016

Unsettled and generally chilly on the mountains over the next 10 days, perhaps increasingly cold later next week. Freezing levels will often be around 750m even as far south as Wales - or lower on the Scottish Highlands, perhaps dropping more widely into midweek. Snowfall is likely to be considerable and may well consolidate as far south as higher areas of south Wales. Periods of upland gales, but occasional marked lulls in the strong winds.

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