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 Thursday 5th May 2016
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 4th May 2016 at 3:55pm

Today | Friday | Saturday

Summary for all mountain areas

Upland gales in the NW Highlands will ease only slowly. Blustery most of Scotland, but fairly light winds England & Wales. Many areas dry, some sunshine. Showers in north-west Scotland, of snow on higher tops. A zone of low cloud and drizzle affects S.Uplands & Cumbria.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales easing slowly. Dry overall. Patches of cloud clearing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly; 35 to 45mph in morning, gusts locally 60mph Cairngorm plateau post-dawn. Will slowly ease from south, to 25-30mph by late afternoon, or less by dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting and significant wind chill morning; but conditions will slowly improve.

How Wet?

Precipitation unlikely

Isolated risk a brief drizzly shower early morning, snow highest tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly higher areas morning

Patches of cloud forming above 700 to 900m in morning, becoming increasingly confined above 1000m, and by early afternoon most tops clear.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

80% by late morning.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of bright sunshine. Excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2C rising to 6C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits by late morning.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 6th May 2016

Becoming warm this weekend & early next week - valley temperatures widely topping 20C, warmest in western areas. The weekend will see a humid air mass across the country, triggering various plumes of thunderstorms, spreading increasingly northwards. Locally torrential rain may set in for several hours, likely focused on western regions, although precise detail remains uncertain. Next week sees high pressure to the north of Britain, eventually bringing largely dry conditions - although a brisk easterly wind may develop. Snow cover on higher tops will progressively thaw.

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