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 Monday 20th January 2020
Forecast last updated on Sunday 19th January 2020 at 4:42pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

High pressure will bring another settled day across England and Wales with fairly sunny skies. However, some banks of valleys fog and across the Lakes banks of low cloud. Across Scotland, extensive low cloud in the west, but some tops poking above cloud. Windy, upland gales in the north.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Windy, upland gales. Banks of cloud in west, tops poking above.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to southwest in the range 35 to 50mph, at times reaching 60mph N Cairngorms.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking difficult, or on higher tops in north at times very difficult, with significant buffeting and wind chill. Some ferocious gusts will run downslope.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Mostly dry

Isolated fine drizzle possible in cloud in the west.

Cloud on the hills?

Cloud banks confined to western hills.

Banks of cloud across hills west of the A9; although high tops likely poking above cloud. Hills east of the A9, ragged patches on the hills at varying heights, but hills often clear.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% in the west, 60% in the east.

Sunshine?
Air clarity (below cloud)

Sunshine through high level cloud. Visibility generally very good or on upper slopes superb, but marked haze lower slopes.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 to 6C, highest in the east, but feeling closer to -15C in direct exposure to strongest winds.

Freezing Level

Above tops.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 21st January 2020

High pressure will dominate through much of the week, bringing a much drier week, especially across England and Wales. A weakening front will move south on Tuesday bringing some drizzle, most extensive W Scotland, and more especially low cloud to many hills. Although some tops will poke above the cloud. Areas of low cloud from Wednesday onwards with further drizzle in the northwest. Again inversion conditions present with some tops above the cloud. Freezing level often above the tops with considerable snow loss overall. Although a temporary lowering of freezing level on Tuesday N Scotland. Blustery through week across the Highlands, occasional gales in north.

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