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 27th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Thursday 26th March 2015 at 2:16pm

Today | Saturday | Sunday

Summary for all mountain areas

Mostly light winds across upland regions, but blustery NW Scotland, where showers of snow and rain will come and go. Elsewhere, apart from a brief drizzly shower it should remain dry, with cloud mainly confined to or above the highest tops; but risk lowering across Wales.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Blustery higher tops. Dry most or all day.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West becoming southwesterly, 20 to 25mph, perhaps nearer 30mph Cairngorm Plateau, particularly afternoon.

Effect of wind on you?

Mostly fairly small, but occasionally impeding ease of walking on higher tops.

How Wet?

Rare precipitation

Occasional drizzly showers (snow above 500m), mostly near and west of the A9, but areas accessed from Deeside & Lochnagar may remain broadly dry through the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Confined to higher areas

Fragments of cloud on higher areas, mostly above 1000m, but may well clear many higher tops, particularly eastern Cairngorms NP.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

A little sunshine, mostly morning and toward east. Visibility good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3 rising toward 0C

Freezing Level

600m lifting to around 900m; a slight frost many glens after dawn.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 28th March 2015

Confidence of precise detail remains quite low for Saturday, as an area of low pressure passes quickly east across Britain. Rain and snow clearing east, but expect widespread upland gales. By Sunday and into next week, generally westerly winds, frequently gale force on the mountains, will bring regular precipitation to western mountains in particular. Mostly just higher Scottish summits remaining near or below freezing. Toward the Easter weekend, indications favour periods of north to north-westerly winds, and at least a temporary drop in freezing levels, bringing the risk of snow showers over a day or so.

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