Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath Forecast
Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath. Also includes the Ben Alder area hills between Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan.
Forecast last updated on Friday 29th August 2014 at 7:12am
Summary for all mountain areas
Widely windy, wet and many summits shrouded in cloud, with worst conditions on western mountains. However, less wet southern mountains in Wales - and far northwest of Scotland, where there will be a lull in the wind.
Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Rain on and off; intermittently windy.
How windy? (On the Munros)
South veering southwesterly; 25 to 35mph; lowest speeds through middle of day, and west of the A9, may drop further.
Effect of wind on you?
Will impede ease of walking on higher areas, and intermittently result in considerable buffeting on higher areas.
Showery rain, particularly afternoon; risk lightning
Substantially dry, particularly Cairngorms and Lochnagar. But slowly from the southwest, pulses of showery rain will extend across the region, in afternoon, some heavy, thundery bursts possible.
Cloud on the hills?
Becoming extensive on higher areas
Away from rain will initially rise to between 900 and 1100m. However, as rain develops, so base will drop to typically 500 to 750m south of Deeside and Drumochter, and 700 to often 1000m Monadhliath and northern Cairngorms.
Chance of cloud free Munros?
10% southern Cairngorms NP to 30% elsewhere
Sunshine and air clarity?
Sunshine now and again, mainly lower areas near Cairngorms and Deeside. Excellent visibility - but will drop in rain and fog will become extensive particularly southern hills.
How Cold? (at 900m)
Between 8 and 10C
All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 30th August 2014
Mixed weather until Monday, but from Tuesday onwards little if any rain, and from the south becoming very warm with extensive sunshine across most or all mountain areas. This weekend, Sunday will be the best day with light wind, and just a few showers in Scotland. Cloud will lift off most summits. An east to west split on Saturday with rare showers and cloud base lifting on eastern mountains, but in the west cloud will shroud most tops and particularly in W Scotland showers will be frequent. Substantially dry W Wales.