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 Sunday 29th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Saturday 28th March 2015 at 12:00pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A complicated day weatherise. Broadly, extensive strong to gale upland winds (strongest Wales and S Pennines), low cloud and rain, but particularly N & E Scotland, a lengthy lull in the wind and rain will last much of the day - before deteriorating.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Snow and windy later in day.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly. A prolonged lull, with speeds around 20mph. Mid to late afternoon strengthening 35mph from west.

Effect of wind on you?

Small most of day; later from west, expect considerable buffeting and significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Temporarily near constant snow later in day

Rare snow showers or flurries. But into afternoon 2 hours of frequent precipitation will extend east; although very little will reach Deeside.

Cloud on the hills?

Many summits cloud free - until into afternoon

Cloud clear of many summits most of day. But into afternoon cloud will form at 700, occasionally 500m for 2 to 4 hours.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80% dropping to 20% from west into afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine; will become rare from west afternoon. Excellent visibility, but will drop from west afternoon - appalling where in snow and cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3C; but will feel as cold as minus 16C directly in the wind later in day.

Freezing Level

550m

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 30th March 2015

Frequent upland gales and precipitation on all mountain areas until mid-week next week. Most precipitation will be on western mountains, often of snow on higher areas, particularly the Scottish Highlands. But there will be a long periods of cold showery weather when snow will fall to lower slopes mid-week, with freezing level typically 500 to 700m, highest Wales. There is now moderate confidence of much 'quieter' weather as pressure builds over Easter. It may remain cold, but substantially dry and winds frequently light.

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