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 Wednesday 11th December 2019
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 4:20pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Extensively windy and cold, with frequent snow and hail on most, particularly western mountains. Whiteout in some areas, and lightning in places. Upland gales will be severe northern Scotland.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales or severe gales. Frequent snow; temporary whiteout.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 50 to 60mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Very difficult walking conditions, sometimes from lower slopes up when squally near precipitation. Severe wind chill.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Hail and snow showers.

Hail and snow showers, sometimes brief, particularly eastern Cairngorms NP. However, especially near and west of the A9, precipitation may be almost constant for an hour or so. Risk whiteout.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensively covering higher mountains

Cloud base continually changing. Occasionally some higher tops (mainly eastern Cairngorms NP) clearing, but overall persistent fog on higher areas, and near precipitation, fragments of cloud below 500m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west of A9 to 30% Deeside

Air clarity (below cloud)

Bursts of sun, mainly valleys, most often Deeside. Visibility intermittently very poor or temporarily appalling.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3 or -4C. Will feel as cold as minus 19C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Around 500m - some variation as precipitation comes and goes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 12th December 2019

Cold, intermittently windy and extensive snowfall on most mountain areas during the next week. Only occasionally will snow penetrate to affect access roads; nevertheless, snow will accumulate on many lower slopes. Generally precipitation will be focussed on western mountains; some eastern summits substantially dry.

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