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 27th July 2016
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 27th July 2016 at 7:21am

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Summary for all mountain areas

Substantially dry on many mountains, with cloud gradually lifting off the summits. However, drizzly conditions and very low cloud will only slowly clear in south Wales. Windy, wet weather with persistent very low cloud will also affect the NW Highlands and much of Lochaber.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Windy. Rain on and off, mainly west of A9.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, 30 to widely on higher areas 35mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Will impede ease of walking on higher areas, and at times, particularly Cairngorm plateau, result in considerable buffeting.

How Wet?

Occasional showers; although frequent west of A9, mainly morning

Particularly in morning, rain frequent west of A9, although less wet afternoon and evening. The rain will intermittently spill over into Cairngorms NP as spots in wind, although occasionally more definite showers. Driest southern and easternmost summits Cairngorms NP.

Cloud on the hills?

Lifting to or above higher tops

Persistent above 650 to later in day, perhaps 800m west of A9. Elsewhere, occasional patches forming 700m and breaks to 950m. However, by late morning, toward Deeside, little cloud below 1000m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Less than 10% west of A9, to by late morning, 70% Deeside

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sunshine, mainly Deeside. The air very clear below cloud - but visibility often dropping in rain.

How Cold? (at 900m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 28th July 2016

Little change in the general weather pattern: westerly winds will continue to bring extensive cloud and intermittent rain to particularly western mountains. However, from Friday until Monday the wind will be more northwesterly, bringing showers, but overall on many western mountains, relatively low rainfall in total. Cloud base will often be much higher than recently, particularly around the Irish Sea.

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