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 26th October 2016
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 25th October 2016 at 3:53pm

Today | Thursday | Friday

Summary for all mountain areas

A windy day for the mountains of northern Britain, gales over the Scottish Highlands. Rain most frequent in W & NW Scotland, but a little rain may affect western hills elsewhere. Low cloud most persistent in west, breaks to some higher summits in east. Fairly mild most areas.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Upland gales. Patchy rain, mostly west of A9.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwest veering slightly westerly; 45 to 55, occasionally 60mph, typically strongest morning.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting on the hills; walking often arduous where exposed on higher ridges and summits; significant wind chill.

How Wet?

A little rain west

Patchy rain, mainly west of the A9, but amounts small. Very little if any toward Deeside. Later may turn to snow on highest northern tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher areas

Widely shrouding hills above 800 to 1000m, perhaps lower during rain west of the A9. Breaks to some higher tops in eastern Cairngorms NP.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% west; 50% east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sun, mainly Deeside. Foggy most higher areas. Visibility mostly good lower levels, occasionally reduced by rain.

How Cold? (at 900m)

5C, but dropping to 3C during afternoon; but where exposed, due to wind chill, feeling like minus 10 Celsius or below.

Freezing Level

Above the summits, but before dusk may drop to 1300m in northern areas.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 27th October 2016

A west or southwesterly pattern will continue for the rest of this week. Widespread upland gales on Thursday, or severe gales Scottish Highlands, easing on Friday, but will be blustery over the weekend in Scotland. Low cloud often covering western mountains, plus rain from time to time, mainly focused on the West Highlands. Many areas generally mild, although cold air briefly returns to Scotland on Friday. Over the weekend, very mild or even warm air spreads to all areas as the flow turns southerly. A drop in temperature is likely early next week.

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