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 29th July 2016
Forecast last updated on Thursday 28th July 2016 at 2:55pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Extensive low cloud and areas rain from S Scotland southwards at dawn will gradually clear from north, although only improving S Wales late in day. Otherwise, extensively fine with light wind. However, in NW Scotland, blustery, showery, and persistent low cloud.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Light wind. Risk showers. Cloud confined to higher tops.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West or northwesterly 20mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Fairly small.

How Wet?

A few showers developing

Well scattered showers; briefly heavy, mainly confined to afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly confined to higher tops

Cloud base will rise through morning. West of A9, will reach 750m to often 950m. Elsewhere, summits in southern and eastern Cairngorms NP often clearing, but elsewhere, cloud often forming at around 1050m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% west of A9 to 70% E and S Cairngorms NP from midday

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine, mainly morning southern and eastern Cairngorms NP. Visibility, below cloud frequently excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 30th July 2016

Westerly or northwesterly winds until Tuesday will bring showers, but particularly on western mountains south of Lochaber, total rainfall small. Cloud base will often be much higher than recently, particularly around the Irish Sea. There will be little day to day difference (note similarity in most forecast texts for the weekend!). Although very likely fine on Tuesday, later in the day, rain and low cloud may well reach Wales and perhaps N England (timing of this uncertain as yet).

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