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Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath Forecast

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

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

Today's Forecast

Windy, walking impeded
Fine, partly cloudy winter day
Cold
Winter kit required

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Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Monday 4th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Fine with sunshine for north and western Scotland, some banks of cloud toward the central & southeast Highlands. Southeasterly winds will strengthen, upland gales developing, becoming severe for Welsh mountains. Rain moves into Wales from the southwest.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Dry, sunshine, cloud banks south. Increasingly windy.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly - speeds gradually increasing during day 20 to 30mph, by evening and night 40-50mph, gusts 60mph higher Cairngorms.

Effect of the wind on you?

Increasingly blustery, toward dusk buffeting gusts developing running downslope to the north. Later more arduous, wind chill significant.

How Wet?

Dry all day

Into night, snow flurries developing from south, rain to mid-slopes.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little

Some banks of cloud may drift across higher slopes, greatest risk toward the south of the Cairngorms NP.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine best in north, some patchy cloud, high cloud may build from south later. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C, locally just above 0C. As wind speeds increase, chill factor feeling like -10 later -15C on high tops.

Freezing Level

800m, may rise above 900m some slopes toward Strathspey. Frost in glens from dawn.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly, 50mph with gusts over 60mph likely in the morning around higher Cairngorms. Easing to 25-35mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult conditions with significant wind chill tending to improve.

How Wet?

A little rain or snow on tops

Light rain and drizzle, or snow flurries becoming confined to higher terrain, most persistent southern Cairngorms NP. Amounts generally small. Little toward Glenmore and Monadhliath.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive

Covering many hills, lowest bases in the south and eastern Cairngorms NP. Banks of cloud rolling across many high tops, but some breaks toward the north. Bases may rise with time.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

A little sun through high cloud mainly north. Visibility good away from precipitation.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1 or -2C, rising briefly to +1C. Wind chill near -10C or colder at first.

Freezing Level

700m rising to 1000m into afternoon. Lowering back to 600-800m into night.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Wednesday 6th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southeasterly, 25mph up to gusty 40mph on higher Cairngorm plateau and in places around northern corries.

Effect of the wind on you?

Varied, some slopes fairly small, but buffeting gusts around higher exposed tops and at times downslope to the north.

How Wet?

Brief snow flurries

Occasional snow flurries on tops, or drizzly showers below 700-800m, most common toward east and southern Cairngorms NP. More often dry around Strathspey into Monadhliath.

Cloud on the hills?

Low cloud south and east

Low cloud focused toward Deeside to Glen Garry, may persist above 600-800m. Higher bases toward north and west of Cairngorms, breaks above 1000m. Clearest for Monadhliath.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun best around Strathspey where visibility mostly good. Cloudier and hazy or misty south and east.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C rising to +1C. If exposed to wind, chill factor feeling close to -10C.

Freezing Level

800m rising to 1000m. Patchy frost in glens at first.

Planning Outlook

High pressure over Scandinavia expands to the north of Scotland during the week ahead, whilst areas of low pressure circulate southwest of the British Isles. East or southeasterly winds are likely to prevail over the next couple of weeks, chillier air drawn in at times. Easterly upland gales possible late this week into the weekend. Recent fresh snow coverage will remain across many mountains this week - staying near or below freezing point over higher terrain. Milder air reaching Wales into midweek. Further snow flurries mostly for the eastern Highlands. Western Scotland likely to see an extended period with little precipitation. Possibly widely drier into mid-March under higher pressure.