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 Saturday 28th February 2015
Forecast last updated on Saturday 28th February 2015 at 7:55am

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Summary for all mountain areas

A lull in the wind and a temporary improvement in general weather for a few hours middle of day or into afternoon from west. Rain, or on higher Scottish Highlands snow, low cloud and then severe upland gales will follow later on and overnight.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales easing temporarily. Rain/snow later afternoon.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwest or later in afternoon southerly, 45-55mph, but a slight lull into the afternoon, where on lower slopes will drop toward 20mph. Suddenly stormy after dark; up to 90mph overnight.

Effect of wind on you?

Expect difficult walking conditions and severe wind chill on higher areas. But there will be a lull for a few hours in the afternoon.

How Wet?

Risk snow showers.

Isolated brief snow showers. In afternoon, more steady but mostly light precipitation will develop from southwest; of rain below about 700m.

Cloud on the hills?

Confined to higher areas

Cloud base typically 700 to 1000m west of the A9. Progressively eastwards, cloud confined to higher tops, and rare below 1100m Deeside. Through afternoon, general cloud base will lower, particularly S Cairngorms NP.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine, particularly eastern Cairngorms NP, morning. Good visibility, although slight haze.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

700m, but by dusk perhaps up to 850m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 1st March 2015

Little change in the weather pattern until the middle of next week: frequent upland gales and considerable precipitation focussed western mountains, particularly the W & NW Highlands. Snow will fall to lower slopes Monday and Tuesday. Later next week, as pressure rises, much drier. Indeed, pressure will remain high close to southern Britain for perhaps a week or more. However, precipitation and periods of upland gales may return to the Scottish Highlands and from the end of next week, one or two periods of significant thaw likely.

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