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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 7th June 2020
Last updated Saturday 6th June 2020 at 4:25 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Northerly winds continue, typically strongest North Pennines & Cheviots. Cool or cold; lowest temperatures in northern Scotland, where sub-zero above 800-1000m, and occasional snow flurries. Low cloud, rain & drizzle affects Pennine areas for several hours.

Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath

Cold. Snow showers or flurries. Wind easing.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 30 to 40mph early morning, 45mph in the east around dawn, will ease to 15 to 25mph by the afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking arduous in the morning with significant wind chill. Conditions easing through the day.

How Wet?

Showers fizzling out.

Showery bursts for a few hours after dawn, snow across tops, but these tending to fizzle out to leave just isolated showers by afternoon, becoming largely dry.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, to lower slopes in morning; lowest north.

Extensive cloud shrouding the hills through the day, down to lower slopes in the morning, particularly northern Cairngorms, before bases rise to 800-1000m in the afternoon. Higher bases overall and local breaks to higher tops toward Glen Garry and Ben Alder.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

20% north to 40% southern Cairngorms.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little or no sun, glimpses occasionally southern areas. Visibility good or very good, but poor in early showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

2 to 4C, coldest northern areas. Wind chill feeling like -10C or below where exposed to strongest wind on Cairngorm plateau.

Freezing Level

1100-1200m, lowest northern Cairngorms, dropping to around 1000m late in day, and nearer 800m after dark.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Monday 8th June 2020
Last updated Saturday 6th June 2020 at 4:25 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 15mph from dawn will become variable 5 to 10mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Becoming negligible.

How Wet?

Rain unlikely

Chance of an isolated light shower.

Cloud on the hills?

Banks of cloud higher slopes.

Banks of cloud will cover higher areas above 800-900m, fairly extensively across the N Cairngorms. Some breaks into the afternoon, most widely in the south.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Often cloudy, some patches of sun. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

0C lifting to 3 to 5C; highest in the west.

Freezing Level

800-900m from dawn, with frost in corries, plus some glens. Lifting above all summits by afternoon.

Viewing Forecast For

Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Last updated Saturday 6th June 2020 at 4:25 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, strengthening from 5-10mph to 15-20mph by afternoon and evening.

Effect of the wind on you?

Small.

How Wet?

Rain unlikely

Cloud on the hills?

Little or none

Fragments of cloud on some slopes from dawn, breaking up in morning to leave the mountains generally clear.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

90%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Fairly sunny overall, although giving way to building high cloud later from west. Excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 rising to 6C, locally a degree or so higher by afternoon eastern areas.

Freezing Level

Above the summits; slight ground frost some glens and corries at dawn.

Planning Outlook

Pressure builds across Britain to start the week, leaving just isolated showers. During Tuesday, a front moves into western Scotland - the legacy of this likely to bring a dull, damp day on Wednesday for some. Uncertainty later in the week: high pressure toward north/east, whilst areas of showers may move around slowly. Temperatures recovering gradually. Please be aware of currently different restrictions regarding Covid-19 across Scotland, England & Wales. Refer to local guidance or instructions from the National Parks and outdoor bodies, and please respect local communities in areas which are gradually reopening. See mwis.org.uk/blog for latest information and links.