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 28th October 2016
Forecast last updated on Thursday 27th October 2016 at 2:28pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Cold windy with brief snow showers N Scotland. Dry further south into N England, but uncertainty (within 60 miles or so) in the position of a weak front separating blanket very low cloud and patches of drizzle (concentrated western hills) to its south, from fine clear air to the north.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland near gales slowly easing. Colder, isolated snow flurries.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly; decreasing through daylight from 40 to 25mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking conditions morning. Conditions will improve.

How Wet?

Precipitation rare if any

Isolated brief showers, giving snow flurries above 900m.

Cloud on the hills?

Summits often cloud free

Patches of cloud above 700 to by late morning mostly 1000m, the cloud most widely west of A9. Higher summits sometimes clearing, extensively so toward Deeside.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50% west of A9 to 80% eastern Cairngorms/Deeside

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sun, extensive lower areas Cairngorms NP. Excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Close to freezing above 1150m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 29th October 2016

The present westerly winds will be short lived. Models run by the main centres continue to show 'anomalous' conditions well into November. Winds will only rarely be westerly, minimising rainfall on western mountains, indeed nearly everywhere drier than normal. Temperatures will be above normal on the hills until Tuesday, when a significant number of forecasts flip to a colder northerly. Before then several days of fog, haze and general murk most lower slopes, whilst higher areas (above an inversion) are widely in bright sunshine and exceptionally clear air.

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