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 May 2015
Forecast last updated on Friday 29th May 2015 at 3:16pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A small but intense low will track east, crossing N Wales after dawn, and out into the North Sea afternoon, bringing a swath of severe conditions: severe upland gales &heavy rain (snow highest tops). From Cumbria northwards, very cold with bursts of sun, but snow and hail showers.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Very cold; snow and hail showers. Risk lightning.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 20 to on highest tops 25mph. Sudden gusts to 35, locally 40mph near showers.

Effect of wind on you?

Often fairly small, but sudden buffeting likely near showers. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Heavy showers: snow, lightning

Showers developing, sometimes heavy and frequent (giving almost constant precipitation) over a couple of hours. Snow above about 650m, hail and some thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Intermittently shrouding higher areas

Quickly varying cloud base: Intermittently clearing higher summits, although cloud widely at and occasionally below 750m near showers. Most often cloud base around 1050m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of bright sun, mainly morning. Appalling visibility in cloud and snow; but away from precipitation and below cloud, excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0C rising to 2 to 4C in afternoon, coldest near showers.

Freezing Level

950m, rising to 1150 to intermittently above the summits by midday.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 30th May 2015

Frequently very cold until about next Wednesday, with precipitation at some stage on most mountain areas more or less daily - falling as a mix of heavy showers and periods of constant precipitation. There will also be thunder. As the cold weather continues, mainly on the Scottish Highlands, there remains considerable snow cover, this blocking access to some routes. There are strong indications of a reversal in weather pattern around the middle of next week, with pressure building in the vicinity of Britain, to bring increasingly fine, and later in the week warm weather.

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