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 30th August 2016
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 3:29pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Very windy Scottish Highlands, where gales increasingly north and west. Progressively less windy southwards into England and Wales. Very low cloud will persist most or all day mountains near Irish Sea and W & S Scotland, but clear almost all summits elsewhere.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland winds near gale force. Low cloud mostly clearing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southwesterly in the range 35 to 45mph, generally strongest Cairngorm plateau.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting where exposed on higher areas. Locally sudden gusts lower slopes north of major ridges and through some passes/corries. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

No rain

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, but will clear many summits

Post dawn, very extensive cloud across the mountains, from lower slopes up some areas. Slowly the base will lift, and breaks to higher summits become increasingly extensive. By early afternoon most summits cloud free. But from Ben Alder to southern summits in Cairngorms NP, cloud patches above 600 or 700m (not necessarily covering higher tops).

Chance of cloud free Munros?

By afternoon 90% north but 60% south

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine will come through extensively from Monadhliath east to Cairngorms and Deeside. Less sunshine southwards toward Ben Alder and S Cairngorms NP, particularly morning. Slight haze.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 31st August 2016

Generally southwest or westerly winds this week will bring rain and low cloud in off the Atlantic from time to time, although in most areas total rainfall will be small, and cloud will often lift off the summits. Driest conditions will be Wales and southern Pennines. The weekend is uncertain, albeit that the majority of forecasts bring swathes of rain, low cloud and strong winds across Britain - at present though there is little consistency in terms of which areas will bare the brunt of the rain and wind.

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