Mountain Weather
Information Service
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.

Click here to download the latest PDF Last Updated Sun 17th Jan 21 at 2:38PM Last Updated Sunday 17th January 2021 at 2:38PM
View our low-graphics version Last Updated Sun 17th Jan 21 at 2:38PM Last Updated Sunday 17th January 2021 at 2:38PM

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Monday 18th January 2021
Last updated Sunday 17th January 2021 at 2:38 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Scotland: Westerly winds will drive showers across the country; snow above 500m. Cloud covering the hills extensively. England and Wales: Occasional showers; snow higher tops. Hill fog extensive on higher areas. Rain becoming more frequent toward dusk.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Windy with snow showers. Extensive hill fog on the Munros.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 35 to occasionally 45mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Extensive considerable buffeting and wind chill where exposed on higher areas.

How Wet?

Showers; perhaps sometimes frequent

Occasional showers, of snow above 500m - mostly near and west of A9. Risk of one or two periods when the precipitation is frequent over a couple of hours.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on the Munros

Higher areas extensively covered; typical cloud base 750 to 950m, generally lowest near and west of the A9. However, patches likely near 550m where precipitation becomes frequent.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sunshine, mainly lower slopes near and east of the A9. Generally hazy; and very poor visibility in snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-1C, will feel closer to -20C in direct exposure to the strongest winds.

Freezing Level

750m

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Tuesday 19th January 2021
Last updated Sunday 17th January 2021 at 2:38 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Wind likely to vary in direction, 10 to 15mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly negligible.

How Wet?

Mostly dry.

Very likely dry through the day. Small risk of snow extending up from the south later in the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Cloud banks tops, clearing.

Banks of cloud from dawn shrouding higher tops, these may linger for a few hours before tending to clear. Small risk later in the day of extensive fog in snow.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare patches of sun, but mostly cloudy. Visibility good or very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Around -4C

Freezing Level

300-500m

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Wednesday 20th January 2021
Last updated Sunday 17th January 2021 at 2:38 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction varying 5-10mph or less, but during the afternoon may become northerly 15 to 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly negligible, but considerable wind chill may occur later in the day.

How Wet?

Many hours dry, risk snow showers later.

Dry for many hours across the area, bar the odd isolated snow flurry. Later in the afternoon, risk clusters of snow showers moving in across northern areas.

Cloud on the hills?

Fog banks some glens and tops.

Cloud banks some higher tops; drifting around slowly, whilst some hills clear for many hours. Patchy fog some glens from dawn. Later risk extensive fog in snow.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sunshine, especially in the morning. Visibility excellent away from fog, risk later very poor should snow develop.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C

Freezing Level

Most terrain frozen from lowest slopes up after a hard frost overnight.

Planning Outlook

Precipitation will fall at some stage most days over the next week or two; mostly falling as snow on the mountains - although rain England and Wales early next week. On the Scottish Highlands, terrain will be persistently frozen. Often windy with extensive upland gales.