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 1st April 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 31st March 2015 at 9:31pm

Today | Thursday | Friday

Summary for all mountain areas

Windy most mountain areas, although a gradual drop across hills in N England and S Scotland. Snow showers, to lower slopes across Scottish Highlands, elsewhere, rain on and off, but snow higher slopes. Borders and perhaps west to Galloway dry.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales; severe wind chill. Frequent snow and hail.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to northwesterly, 45 to 55mph early morning, gusts near 70mph Cairngorm plateau at dawn. Easing only slowly through the day, toward 35-40mph by late afternoon.

Effect of wind on you?

Widespread considerable buffeting; at times mobility difficult on higher areas, particularly morning. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow and hail showers; isolated lightning

Squally showers, falling as snow and hail to lower slopes, most frequent near/west of A9, giving temporary whiteout. Small risk thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Cloud base rapidly changing: Rarely lifting off higher areas, and the base suddenly dropping to 700m or lower during precipitation. Intermittent breaks to or above 1050m particularly toward Deeside.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sunshine. The air very clear, but visibility appalling where in cloud and also snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-5C; feeling colder than minus 20 Celsius where exposed to strongest wind.

Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 2nd April 2015

On Thursday the strongest winds will ease markedly, particularly for Scotland where it will be mainly dry. Precipitation will still come and go for Wales. By Good Friday, areas of early rain and snow will slowly break up for many areas. Easter weekend will bring much quieter weather, with light winds and dry conditions; some uncertainty by Monday as weak fronts approach western Scotland. Although the freezing level will rise above most summits, the Scottish Highlands in particular will broadly remain in 'winter' condition through the weekend, with at least part frozen terrain and recent snow on higher areas, which will melt only slowly.

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