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 31st October 2014

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Forecast last updated on Friday 31st October 2014 at 12:41pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Gales or near gales across the mountains; sudden gusts to lower slopes. Extensive very low cloud and patches of drizzle will break from the south across Wales and N England, and will be confined to higher slopes more northern Highlands.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Strengthening upland gales. Low cloud, mostly south.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly around 45mph, gusts locally 65mph. Will strengthen through the day.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting will make walking increasingly difficult where exposed; in places sudden gusts reaching lower slopes. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Most areas dry

Drizzly rain probable intermittently S Cairngorms NP (mainly summits accessible north of Glen Garry).

Cloud on the hills?

Confined to higher areas

Progressive rise of cloud base northwards: southern summits in Cairngorms NP, persistent cloud, base 500-750m; S Cairngorms, Deeside and Monadhliath, extensive at 900 or 1000m; breaks perhaps widespread above 1100m N Cairngorms.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10% south to 60% north

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchy sunshine, mostly lower areas Deeside and Cairngorms. Slight haze.

How Cold? (at 900m)

9 to 11C - but will feel as cold as minus 2 Celsius directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 1st November 2014

Windy on Saturday with a band of rain spreading east in the afternoon. Early next week will see a progressive drop in temperature on the summits; still showers and for some, several hours of constant rain. By Tuesday, some areas dry, and on Wednesday and perhaps Thursday, extensively dry with the wind having dropping. Cold enough for valley frost, and higher Scottish summits sub-freezing. Probably milder as further constant rain followed by showers (mainly west) follows in off the Atlantic later in the week.

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