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 Wednesday 2nd December 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 1st December 2015 at 2:17pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread upland gales after dawn will become confined to near and south of a front that will move slowly south across areas near the north Irish Sea. Widespread rain and low cloud near the front. Progressively colder from NW across Scotland; snow showers, mainly NW.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Wind easing; isolated snow showers. Progressively colder.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwest soon westerly, risk 70mph for a couple of hours post dawn. Will ease to 30 to 35mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Very difficult conditions post dawn. Will progressively ease, by afternoon, walking will be impeded by the wind on higher areas.

How Wet?

Rain soon clearing; isolated snow showers

Overnight occasional rain soon clearing. Then isolated showers, most likely west of A9. Snow will fall to progressively lower level, by dusk 600m.

Cloud on the hills?

Confined to higher areas; may intermittently clear

Often shrouding higher areas, but by late morning, cloud rare below 900m and often above 1100m, particularly east of A9.

Chance of cloud free Munros?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Soon patchwork of sun. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C dropping through day, later to -1C. Will feel as cold as minus 15C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Initially above summits, falling to 1100m, then late in day, toward 750m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 3rd December 2015

Another week or perhaps a fortnight of frequent long bouts of upland gales - and sometimes storm force winds. There will be freeze thaw cycles on higher areas, and on western mountains, precipitation will continue to be substantially, often of snow Scottish mountains and only occasionally of snow England and Wales. Forecast issued from Glenmore Lodge, Cairngorms.

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