Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath Forecast

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 23rd August 2019

Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath. Also includes the Ben Alder area hills between Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan.

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Forecast last updated on Thursday 22nd August 2019 at 4:35pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Strong to gale force winds across Scottish mountains in the morning, becoming confined to the northwest. Rain in the W/NW Highlands from dawn will fade and pull away northwards. Low cloud and patchy drizzle continues to affect many western hills of Britain, but some breaks tending to form, best toward eastern hills.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Windy, gales for a time tops. Cloud breaking, mainly dry.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly 25 to 35mph, risk 40-45mph for a few hours in morning.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking fairly arduous at times across the hills, especially in the morning. Strongest winds not necessarily on higher tops.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Little or no rain

Patches of drizzly rain locally near/west of the A9 in the morning, but amounts small and tending to fade, leaving most of the day dry across the region.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly western hills in morning; breaks to higher tops.

Cloud will come and go across higher tops from dawn above 800-1000m, lowest around Ben Alder and Glen Garry. Bases will tend to rise, with most summits clearing middle of day into afternoon, slowest to clear west of A9.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40% rising to 80%.

Air clarity (below cloud)

Glimpses of sun, mostly in the east. Visibility often very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

9 rising to 12C, perhaps slightly higher toward the Lecht in afternoon.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 24th August 2019

Southerly winds over the next few days will bring much warmer temperatures than recent weeks, and feeling humid. A few showers may affect western Scottish coasts on Saturday, but most places will be dry through the weekend and Monday, with light winds and sunshine, hazy at times. Many hills often free of low cloud. By Tuesday into midweek, as fronts edge back in from the west, bursts of rain are likely to develop, locally thundery. Southwesterly winds are expected to prevail later in the week, with rain at times, most frequent in W/NW Scotland. Some windy days with possible gales for the Highlands.