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
Friday 27th November 2020
Last updated Thursday 26th November 2020 at 2:53 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

A little rain Scottish Highlands, and mainly near the west coast low cloud. Elsewhere, dry, but fog wise very varied conditions. Fog in many valleys thins only slowly - if at all. On the hills, cloud often covering higher tops near N Irish Sea, otherwise tops often cloud free.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Rain rarely; wind dropping. Cloud mostly confined to higher tops.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Starting southwesterly 20 to 30mph. Will drop progressively, by midday, widely 10mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Becoming negligible

How Wet?

Risk of a little rain

Substantially dry, although here and there a burst of rain, most likely west of the A9.

Cloud on the hills?

Nearly all confined to higher tops

Fragments of cloud west of A9 below 550m, but cloud base more typically 750 to 950m. East of A9, fragments rare below 600m, whilst most cloud above 1050 to 1200m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

A little weak sunshine - through high level cloud. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C.

Freezing Level

1200m.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Saturday 28th November 2020
Last updated Thursday 26th November 2020 at 2:53 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly, 10 to locally 20mph, but some areas little wind.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small.

How Wet?

Little or no precipitation

Chance of local patches of rain, snow flurries higher slopes.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive before tops increasingly clear

Confidence low in morning as to the extent of cloud across the hills. From Ben Alder to southern Cairngorms NP, the cloud could persist all day, although is more likely to lift slowly. Further north, a more definite improvement, cloud becoming rare below 800m, and some higher tops may clear.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine breaking through increasingly, and visibility good, but a general slight haze.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0C rising slowly toward 2C.

Freezing Level

Tending to rise from around 900m to 1250m during the day. Frost many glens after dawn.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Sunday 29th November 2020
Last updated Thursday 26th November 2020 at 2:53 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly 25mph, to locally 35mph mainly Cairngorm plateau.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly fairly small, although noticeable buffeting probable higher tops.

How Wet?

Rain unlikely

Cloud on the hills?

Confined to higher tops

Patchy cloud, mainly southern Cairngorms NP above 750m. However, more widely, summits up to 1200m often cloud free, and highest tops may be clear of cloud for much of the day.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun. Mostly excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3C

Freezing Level

Just above highest summits, although slight frost some valleys after dawn.

Planning Outlook

Very much drier over the coming week, although weakening fronts will bring a little rain and pulses of strong winds, mainly to the NW Highlands. Elsewhere, winds light and although extensively dry, fog will be widespread in and above valleys whilst higher up many summits become cloud free. Temperature wise, the odd brief incursion of sub-freezing air onto higher summits Scottish Highlands, but any sustained cold at least a week off. Frost in valleys mostly confined to England and particularly Wales.