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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.

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Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Thursday 24th June 2021
Last updated Wed 23rd Jun 21 at 4:35PM

Summary for all mountain areas

A damp atmosphere shrouds most west coastal hills in fog to lower slopes in morning. Some breaks forming for England, Wales & eastern Scotland. Rain heavier in middle of the day in western Scotland, spreading later to NW England and N Wales.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Occasional rain, mainly afternoon. Cloud shrouding tops for periods.

How windy? (On the Munros)

West to southwesterly, 15 to 30mph morning into early afternoon, speeds locally varied, suddenly gusty in places. Will tend to drop afternoon onward, then turning northerly; from dusk risk increasing again locally to 30-35mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Periods of buffeting on higher terrain, tending to ease late afternoon. Possible deteriorating conditions from dusk, with noticeable wind chill in exposure.

How Wet?

Rain or drizzle on and off, wetter afternoon onward.

Patches of drizzly rain spilling eastwards from time to time, but small amounts eastern Cairngorms NP. Some steadier rain moving in from the west through the afternoon, most persistent near & west of the A9. Patchy rain or drizzle continues into evening.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher tops

Cloud base will progressively rise morning. By late morning, cloud only occasionally below 500m, and breaks to 900m west of A9, whilst toward Deeside, higher summits may well clear. In rain, expect cloud base to drop back to 500m west of A9 and 800m more eastern summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun only, mainly lower slopes. Frequently very good visibility, but poor in rain.

How Cold? (at 900m)

11C, but into the evening will drop to between 5 and 8C, coolest northern Cairngorms.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Friday 25th June 2021
Last updated Wed 23rd Jun 21 at 4:35PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

North to northeasterly, 15 to 20mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small.

How Wet?

North & east may stay damp

Drizzly rain may linger across the northern Cairngorms and areas around Deeside for several hours, fading slowly. Further southwest toward Drumochter, early residual overnight rain likely fading sooner.

Cloud on the hills?

Some breaks forming

Fairly extensive low cloud across the hills early in the day, may linger on some northern slopes, but tending to break toward higher levels through the day.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, dull in north and eastern areas, but tending to improve. A little sun developing locally, visibility becoming very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4 to 6C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Saturday 26th June 2021
Last updated Wed 23rd Jun 21 at 4:35PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction varied, mostly less than 10-15mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small

How Wet?

Little or no rain

Possible patchy drizzle easternmost hills.

Cloud on the hills?

Low cloud focused east

Risk of blanket fog on eastern slopes, but cloud bases progressively higher toward and west of the A9, with breaks to higher summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Fairly cloudy, perhaps persistently dull or murky eastern areas. Glimpses of sun best west of the A9.

How Cold? (at 900m)

6C rising to 9C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

Low pressure drifts slowly southwards across Britain through Friday into the weekend, followed by improving conditions from the north as pressure builds. Residual areas of rain, drizzle and low cloud may affect Wales, the Pennines and perhaps eastern Scotland through the weekend, whilst west & northwest Scotland become fine and increasingly warm. Most indications favour high pressure influencing Britain into next week, bringing mainly dry and warm weather. Despite some rain this week, most mountain areas will remain very dry underfoot: beware of the risk of fire.