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 3rd September 2015
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at 4:28pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Strong northerly winds, reaching gale force on higher areas in north-east Scotland, will give considerable wind chill factor for the time of year. Light showers, mainly N & E facing mountains, including eastern Yorks Dales. Cloud confined to higher northern tops. Mostly very little sunshine.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales, severe wind chill; light showers, cloudy many tops.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly, 40 to 45mph, strongest during morning and toward eastern Cairngorms NP, particularly around The Lecht & Lochnagar, gusts over 50mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Expect widespread buffeting across the hills; considerable east of the A9. Where exposed, there will be severe wind chill for early September.

How Wet?

Brief showers

Light brief showers, mainly northern Cairngorms, and also Lochnagar - where a few may be heavier, By afternoon, a few showers across region. Sleet or at first snow highest tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive N & E Cairngorms NP

Extensive cloud Cairngorms and Lochnagar. Base will drift up, but typically 600 to 800m, perhaps breaks to 1000m Deeside west of Braemar. Elsewhere, by late morning, cloud base 800 to 1100m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% N Cairngorms; 60% by late morning W Deeside & toward Glen Garry.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun only. Excellent or superb visibility, although risk widely foggy higher areas of northern & eastern Cairngorms NP.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2 or 3C, rising to 5C S Cairngorms NP and west of A9; but may locally feel colder than minus 10 Celsius where directly exposed to the wind.

Freezing Level

1250m, lifting above the summits. Risk local grass frost some sheltered glens until after dawn.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 4th September 2015

Almost completely dry over the next week or more as high pressure, centred just west of Britain, edges closer and covers much of UK by early next week. Often cool and rather cloudy. Cold for early September, temperatures on highest tops Scottish Highlands remaining close to freezing point Friday & Saturday, although rising a little by Sunday. Ground frost possible overnight and post-dawn in sheltered areas, mainly valleys. Slowly becoming warmer during next week, as winds transition round to the west or south-west with time. Rain may encroach onto western Scotland later in the week.

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