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 1st December 2015
Forecast last updated on Monday 30th November 2015 at 1:49pm

Tomorrow | Wednesday | Thursday

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeast veering southwesterly, a short lived lull northern areas at dawn, but soon 35 increasing 50mph, or by afternoon, 60 to 70, gusts later over 80mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Increasingly difficult conditions on higher areas through the day; severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Persistent snow, later rain

Snow soon advancing from the south around dawn, setting in for many hours, before only slowly transitioning to rain up to higher slopes. Whiteout very likely.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher areas

Widely shrouding most higher terrain, lowest bases around Glen Garry & Deeside. Perhaps breaks toward high tops in northern Cairngorms NP for a few hours around dawn.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Soon less than 10% most areas.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine not expected. Fog increasingly extensive higher areas; visibility often appalling where in cloud and snow, at best hazy lower slopes.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 to -2C for many hours, but rising, to 3C, perhaps higher later.

Freezing Level

Lifting only slowly: for many hours close to or below freezing from glens upward, but late in day rising toward or above many summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 2nd December 2015

Continued bouts of severe upland gales over the next week to 10 days, although a possible lull in Scotland on Thursday this week, and perhaps England & Wales on Friday. On western mountains, precipitation at some stage almost daily resulting in considerable rainfall in total. Freeze-thaw cycles will occur on the Scottish Munros, although often sub-zero, allowing snow to accumulate. Further south, higher summits occasionally be below freezing point, but lying snow fairly transient.

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