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 November 2014

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Forecast last updated on Tuesday 25th November 2014 at 1:04pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Light winds on the mountains. As warmer air (over colder very humid air near the ground), & over England, a front, extends north, fog will shroud most hills, in some areas from valleys up. However, these conditions will be patchy in W & N Scotland where some summits cloud free.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Light wind; some summits, mainly toward north cloud free.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly, 10 to 15mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Mostly negligible

How Wet?

Rain very unlikely daylight

Here and there, a little rain or a dusting of snow some higher summits overnight. Fine most or all areas daylight but risk rain or above 850 to 1050m snow toward east (most likely only Lochnagar area) afternoon.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly dispersing

Fragments of fog/cloud from glens upward after dawn. Slowly the cloud will break to clear many higher summits, whilst others, and in places lower slopes remain in fog all day.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% rising to 60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine increasingly coming through. The air very clear higher up, but fog, most widespread in morning present from glens upward.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0 or 1C

Freezing Level

Very gradual drop of temperature with height, falling below zero above 900-1200m. Slight frost some glens, mainly morning.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 27th November 2014

Low cloud & occasional rain into the weekend, particularly eastern hills. On higher Scottish tops, a little snow. A front is then likely to bring 'cleaner' (less murk & low cloud) air to Britain, together with rain, & then showers (mainly W Scotland). Looking well into December, inspection of charts from the main forecast centres, suggests lower summit temperatures, freezing level typically 1000m, but relatively low precipitation next week (eastern mountains most at threat). Beyond, a few forecasts indicate frequent gales and precipitation in southwesterlies, but most suggest little change in freezing level, gradual accumulation of precipitation (most eastern Scotland).

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