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 27th February 2015
Forecast last updated on Thursday 26th February 2015 at 2:52pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A lull in the wind, although still gale force widely Scottish Highlands. Snow showers W & NW Highlands, and just a few flurries elsewhere. Toward dusk; snow and quickly strengthening winds reaching western mountains

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales or severe gales. Risk snow showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West, later backing southwesterly typically 50mph post dawn, dropping to 35 to 40mph by early afternoon - strengthening again at dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Conditions will slowly ease, but overall, mobility will remain difficult on higher areas, with severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Isolated snow showers.

Rare brief snow showers, most likely west of A9; and unlikely Deeside.

Cloud on the hills?

Confined to higher areas

Continually varying cloud base; typically 600-900m near precipitation and otherwise 1000-1300m. Generally highest bases in ranges toward Deeside; lowest west of the A9.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% west of A9 to 70% eastern Cairngorms NP

Sunshine and air clarity?

Ranging from bursts of sunshine west of A9; often sunny Deeside. Slight haze.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-3C; but will feel as cold as minus 19C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

600m - will rise slowly through the day.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 28th February 2015

Little change in the weather pattern unit the middle of next week: frequent upland gales and considerable precipitation focussed western mountains, particularly the W & NW Highlands. Rain frequently only lower slopes, although mainly from southern Scotland southwards, one or two brief periods of thaw up to higher slopes. Later next week, as pressure rises, much drier. Indeed, pressure will remain high close to Britain for perhaps a week or more. At present there is least certainty of dry conditions over NW Scotland where renewed bouts of upland gales and precipitation may develop.

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