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 Thursday 1st September 2016
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 31st August 2016 at 4:23pm

Today | Friday | Saturday

Summary for all mountain areas

Lowering cloud, and rain developing increasingly for western Scotland, spreading east across the Highlands by afternoon & evening. Largely dry England & Wales, but spots of rain some western hills. Southwesterly winds will strengthen, later gale force many Scottish mountains.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

A little rain developing. Breezy, later strong winds.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, starting at 30-35mph at dawn. A brief lull toward 20mph middle of the day, but strengthening again evening, 35-40mph by dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Often fairly small, but at dawn and particularly in evening expect significant buffeting.

How Wet?

Rain increasingly later afternoon

Substantially dry morning, particularly east of A9. A little rain develops from the west in the middle of the day, but amounts small. By evening, intermittent rain extends eastwards across the region.

Cloud on the hills?

Higher tops intermittently clear

Cloud extensive higher areas after dawn. Gradually the base will lift, and many summits will clear for a few hours. Highest tops Cairngorm plateau and also west of A9 least likely to clear. As rain develops, cloud will lower back onto many hills.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%, later 30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun, mainly morning lower areas east of the A9, will widely cloud over. Slight haze, deteriorating later in rain.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7 rising to 9C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 2nd September 2016

Precise detail and timing toward the weekend and early next week is uncertain, although expect changeable conditions: some brighter periods, but overall expect periods of rain, heavy at times, accompanied by low cloud and strong winds as various areas of low pressure and fronts pass east across Britain.

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Mountaineering Council of Scotland sportscotland Association of Mountaineering Instructions