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 Tuesday 6th October 2015
Forecast last updated on Monday 5th October 2015 at 4:20pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A complex situation: rain in Scotland becoming confined to north-east. Bursts of torrential rain and thunderstorms developing Wales & southern Pennines. Widespread murk and low cloud, unlikely to clear most hills. Strong southerlies in NE Scotland, otherwise winds easing markedly.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Strong winds easing; persistent rain many hours, low cloud.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South or southeasterly, 30 to locally 40mph at first, strongest NE Cairngorms NP. Will ease from south to 20mph mid-afternoon, and by evening nearer 10mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Locally difficult walking conditions at first will ease gradually, becoming very small later in day.

How Wet?

Rain for many hours, particularly north-east

Rain persistent across the region during morning, will slowly fragment by afternoon into patchy rain or drizzle from south-west. However, toward NE Cairngorms NP, risk of locally heavy rain lasting most of the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive low cloud, lifting slowly north & west

Very low cloud most areas in morning, but as rain eases, the cloud base lifting to around 700 to 900m or occasionally 1050m, highest north. But risk blanket very low cloud all day Deeside and areas accessed from Glen Garry, lifting only slowly.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10% SE Cairngorms NP; 30% by afternoon elsewhere.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sun into afternoon; mainly lower areas near Cairngorms. Generally hazy. Fog widely higher areas, but to low levels early on and in east.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 7th October 2015

Some uncertainty remains for Wednesday - rain threatens to persist eastern Highlands, perhaps also Borders. Improving from west, but temperatures falling, and freezing levels briefly near higher Scottish summits later and early Thursday. Pressure builds across England and Wales Thursday & Friday, giving fair conditions, although low cloud many western mountains. Toward weekend and beyond, high pressure building toward the east may bring renewed settled weather for several days.

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