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
Saturday 31st July 2021
Last updated Fri 30th Jul 21 at 4:30PM

Summary for all mountain areas

A few mostly light showers for the Highlands, but many places dry. Lowest cloud on the hills toward the far north, but some breaks into central Scotland. Low cloud may persist across the Lakes & west Wales with a little rain. Scattered showers for the Pennines. A light to moderate breeze. Coolest in northern Scotland.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Localised showers possible. Cloud lifting toward higher tops.

How windy? (On the Munros)

North or northwesterly 10 to 20mph, but risk 25mph at times tops in north/eastern Cairngorms NP.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small, but some local buffeting possible tops. Rather cool in exposure.

How Wet?

Isolated showers

A few brief isolated showers, perhaps fairly frequent over a few hours Monadhliath and northern Cairngorms, but some areas will remain dry.

Cloud on the hills?

Early banks lifting to tops or above

Banks of low cloud with bases around 500-800m from dawn. Will lift and likely spread out into a layer of cloud with bases around 1100-1400m, local breaks. Chance of highest summits being initially above the cloud layer.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Some patchy sun at times, but skies often filling in with cloud. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4 to 6C at dawn, lifting to 7 to 9C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Sunday 1st August 2021
Last updated Fri 30th Jul 21 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 10 to 20mph, perhaps 25mph around Lecht and areas accessed from Deeside.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small effect on walking, but a distinct chill for high summer on some tops.

How Wet?

Scattered showers

A few showers spreading from the north, mostly light and brief. Around dawn, falling as a sleet or snow flurry on higher Cairngorm plateau.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly higher northern tops

Banks of cloud focused on the northern Cairngorms, but mostly lifting above 1000m with breaks to higher summits.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Fairly cloudy, occasional sun. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2C at first, rising to 5 to 7C afternoon, coolest northern Cairngorms.

Freezing Level

Close to freezing point at dawn on highest summits of Cairngorm plateau. Also possible grass frost sheltered glens.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Monday 2nd August 2021
Last updated Fri 30th Jul 21 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly or variable, 10 to 15mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small

How Wet?

Low risk of a heavy shower

Chance of an isolated shower, mainly middle of day onward. The odd heavy burst is possible later afternoon, drifting around slowly.

Cloud on the hills?

Above many summits

A few banks of cloud here and there on higher slopes, mainly tops on Cairngorm plateau.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Fairly cloudy, some sun mostly morning. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4 to 6C at dawn, rising toward 10C afternoon.

Freezing Level

Above the summits. Possible grass frost at dawn some glens.

Planning Outlook

A relatively quiet but rather cool theme into early next week. Local grass frost overnight in sheltered Highland glens. Plenty of dry weather, but also a risk of scattered showers, some heavy. Often fairly cloudy, but cloud bases will lift toward or above most higher summits and the air quite clear. Winds mostly fairly light. Low pressure is expected to dominate from midweek onward, with rain or heavy downpours common again. For now, in places, the ground still very dry underfoot despite recent rain.