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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
Sunday 5th July 2020
Last updated Saturday 4th July 2020 at 2:25 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Widely windy, upland gales on many summits southern Scotland southwards, and showery in the wake of an eastward moving low. For many the onset of rain will be sudden, with hail and thunder in places, although little or no rain mid Wales southwards.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Heavy showers becoming widespread. Risk thunder.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, typically 25mph, although stronger post dawn and particularly gusty from lower slopes up near heavy rain.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly fairly small, although temporarily sudden buffeting near showers.

How Wet?

Heavy showers developing; risk lightning

Often dry morning, but increasingly heavy showers with hail and sleet highest tops will come through, the precipitation may be very frequent over an hour or two. Risk thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Intermittently covering higher slopes

Most higher summits will clear intermittently. However, cloud often forming above 1000m. Abruptly near precipitation, cloud forming much lower, occasionally below 550m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine occasionally, mainly morning. Very varied visibility: very poor in heavy rain, but between areas of showers, often superb.

How Cold? (at 900m)

5C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Monday 6th July 2020
Last updated Saturday 4th July 2020 at 2:25 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northwesterly 40mph, easing to 25mph morning, backing westerly through afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Becoming fairly small.

How Wet?

Showery

Showers mainly late morning onwards; some heavy, perhaps focussed on southern Cairngorms NP.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive morning; cloud base rising

Cloud, widely covering the hills from dawn, will rise through the morning. By late morning most cloud above 900m with breaks to 1200m. In rain, expect cloud to form quickly again down to about 550m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sunshine. Generally excellent visibility, but poor in heavy rain.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C

Freezing Level

Above the summits, although close to freezing point highest tops morning.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Tuesday 7th July 2020
Last updated Saturday 4th July 2020 at 2:25 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

West backing southerly extensively 10 or 15mph. Post dawn nearer 30mph, and may begin to strengthen evening.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small

How Wet?

Risk rain toward evening

Risk isolated brief showers morning. Threat afternoon or evening of rain spreading northwards, although likely to amount to very little, if any.

Cloud on the hills?

Higher summits often free of cloud

Cloud base will vary, but by mid or late morning, cloud rare below 1050m, and most higher summits intermittently clearing. Will begin to shroud higher areas in rain later in day.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sunshine in and out before veil of high level cloud probably thickens. Excellent visibility until at least late in day.

How Cold? (at 900m)

7C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

Continued progression of areas of low pressure into Britain from off the Atlantic this week will result in further bouts of rain and fog, generally concentrated on western mountains. There will also be strong winds. Nevertheless, there remains considerable uncertainty in forecast track of the lows, making the day to day forecast detail difficult (from Tuesday onwards). There could be a marked improvement late in the week.