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
Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Last updated Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 3:50 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Most mountains remain clear and sunny above an inversion, whilst low level cloud or fog will thin only slowly in some areas, focused toward the east, leaving low level haze. Very little wind overall. In south Wales, risk localised bursts of rain occurring.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Little wind. Areas of sunshine and low level fog. Chillier later.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Little wind; direction varying. Later in the day, becoming northeasterly 10-15mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly negligible.

How Wet?

No rain expected

Cloud on the hills?

Summits widely clear

Areas of low level fog in the morning, focused toward the north and east, slowly thinning. The hills generally above the fog. Toward evening, some cloud banks may drift in from the north onto the Cairngorms.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Above 90% (above lower fog in places).

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly sunny higher slopes, and breaking through lower down as fog clears. Visibility excellent above fog; a low level haze may persist.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2 or 3C. Then dropping below 0C from north into evening & night.

Freezing Level

Frost some glens at dawn. Above the summits through day; dropping rapidly sub-zero into the night.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Thursday 4th March 2021
Last updated Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 3:50 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northeasterly, 20 to 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small effect on walking, but prepare for significant wind chill where exposed on higher terrain.

How Wet?

Snow flurries

Occasional snow flurries spreading in from the northeast, locally may be frequent for an hour or so.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Likely to often shroud higher mountains, cloud bases 500 to 700m north and eastern Cairngorms, locally may be lower for a time. Tending to rise later in day. Breaks most common around Ben Alder.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, a little sun may break through. Visibility very good, but reduced around showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C, perhaps a few degrees higher at first.

Freezing Level

Lowering to between 400 and 600m, lowest north & eastern Cairngorms.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Friday 5th March 2021
Last updated Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 3:50 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction varied, mostly little wind.

Effect of the wind on you?

Negligible

How Wet?

Precipitation not expected

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little

Occasional patches of cloud on higher slopes, most likely eastern Cairngorms NP.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Frequently sunny. Excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-4C, rising slowly to -2C.

Freezing Level

Frost into most glens at dawn; rising toward 600m, locally 800m by afternoon.

Planning Outlook

High pressure will dominate through to the weekend and substantially dry conditions prevail. Much colder air arrives from the north for a few days - dropping several degrees below freezing on higher mountains. Also notably harder frosts in most glens and valleys late this week. Gradual changes are likely over the weekend, becoming generally unsettled next week as westerly winds return, with precipitation then becoming frequent again. Temperatures are likely to vary next week, but perhaps often chilly with some upland snowfalls likely; periods of gales returning.