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 March 2015
Forecast last updated on Thursday 5th March 2015 at 1:01pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Windy, particularly Scotland, where severe upland gales across the Scottish Highlands. Low cloud will shroud most western mountains, and across the W & NW Highlands drizzle and rain will be widespread and snowmelt will accelerate across the Highlands.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Severe upland gales; low cloud and a little rain.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, increasing considerably with height to 50-70mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking conditions and severe wind chill on higher areas.

How Wet?

A little rain/snow west

Occasional rain developing, mainly west of the A9 afternoon. Very little if any will reach areas accessed from Deeside. Initially snow locally above 900m, but will turn to rain up to higher tops. Increasingly wet underfoot as snow melt accelerates.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Widespread cloud above 800 to 1000m, lowest bases near and west of the A9 and southern summits Cairngorms NP, where patches at 600m. Toward Deeside, breaks to 1100m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% west and south to 30% areas accessible from Deeside

Sunshine and air clarity?

Pockets of weak sun lower Cairngorms and Deeside. Foggy on higher areas; visibility often very good below cloud.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C locally at first; otherwise rising to 3C. Will feel as cold as minus 14 Celsius directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Soon above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 6th March 2015

A change in weather pattern will bring extensive south or southwesterly winds to all mountain areas. There will be sustained thaw of lying snow - particularly into this weekend, leading to considerable snow loss across the Scottish Highlands. There will be extensive low cloud and rain focussed on western mountains over the next few days, although this may well clear the Scottish Highlands on Sunday. Through next week, rain bearing fronts will move slowly eastwards from time to time, but overall substantial fine weather.

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