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North Grampian - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting North Grampian over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for a period of rain on Wednesday but some uncertainty over clearance time. High for breezy, showery conditions for the rest of the week but low for details from Saturday.

  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Further outlook

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Weather hazards

Poor visibility High likelihood Hide detail

Poor visibility presents challenging route finding conditions. Visibility could be significantly less than 50 metres in all directions with few or no visual references, especially on featureless moors or plateaux. Distances become hard to judge and cliff or cornice edges can be difficult to recognise. These conditions require good navigational skills. There is a risk of white-out conditions when mist or fog is combined with extensive snow cover.

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Heavy persistent rain High likelihood Show detail

Prolonged exposure to heavy rain can result in drenched clothing and a risk of hypothermia if not wearing good quality waterproofs. Terrain may turn increasingly boggy underfoot, while mountain streams will rapidly rise into spate and may become impassable. There may also be a risk of flooding in valleys or glens. If there is snow cover, a heightened avalanche hazard is possible and avalanche reports should be consulted where available.

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Gales Medium likelihood Show detail

Progress will be impeded by very strong winds. Walking will be difficult and strenuous at times with a potential for one to be blown over in gusts. There can be a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances often take longer to cover with compass bearings becoming more difficult to follow accurately.

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Strong sunlight Low likelihood Show detail

Harmful UV levels from sunlight increase with altitude giving a greater risk of sunburn and eye damage, even on some overcast days. On breezy days, the cooling effect of wind on exposed skin may disguise any feeling of sunburn until it is too late. If there is snow cover, glare increases the effect of UV rays especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block, protective clothing such as a long-sleeved top and hat and have good quality eye protection.

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Forecast

Wet and windy, but turning drier and brighter in the afternoon.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Overcast Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy shower day Sunny intervals Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 800m 10% 80% 100% 70% 10% 20%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1100m SE 31 39 SE 37 47 SE 36 47 SW 29 38 SW 30 39 SW 29 38
900m SE 26 34 SE 36 46 SE 36 46 SW 24 32 SW 25 33 SW 23 30
600m E 9 15 S 14 23 SE 26 38 SW 16 25 SW 17 27 SW 13 21
300m N 2 5 NE 4 8 SE 13 30 SW 11 24 SW 12 27 SW 9 20
Glen SE 1 7 S 3 14 S 4 15 SW 7 22 SW 7 24 SW 4 18

Temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1100m 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 3 °
900m 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 8 ° 6 °
600m 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 9 °
300m 12 ° 12 ° 14 ° 15 ° 13 ° 11 °
Glen 11 ° 13 ° 15 ° 16 ° 15 ° 12 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1100m 0 ° -1 ° 0 ° 1 ° -2 ° -4 °
900m 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 4 ° 1 °
600m 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 9 ° 8 ° 6 °
300m 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 11 ° 9 °
Glen 11 ° 13 ° 15 ° 15 ° 12 ° 10 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,500 m 2,800 m 3,000 m 2,100 m 1,800 m 1,700 m
Sunrise: 05:00
Sunset: 21:41
Moon phase: New

Weather

A dry start but rain will quickly arrive from the southwest with strong southerly winds. A heavy spell of rain giving drenching conditions, particularly southern Cairngorm Plateau and Ben Alder, less heavy across Speyside. Turning brighter in the afternoon with some sunshime, scattered showers, mainly in the west.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

10% with extensive cloud down to around 600m in the south and 800m in the north and some patches on lower slopes. Becoming 70% in the afternoon as cloud breaks up gradually clears most summits.

Visibility

Outside the cloud the air clarity will be generally poor through the morning then becoming mainly good through the afternoon.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Winds above 900m across exposed ridges and plateaux will average 40mph with gusts of 60mph during the morning and early afternoon.

Thursday 27 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:02
Sunset: 21:39
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Showers mainly in the west and becoming heavy at times in the afternoon. Best of the sunny spells in the east.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 7 rising to 11 Celsius.
  • Glen Plus 9 rising to 17 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above summits.

Visibility

Good air clarity outside any cloud, locally poor in showers.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

60% with occasional patches above 800m.

Maximum wind speed expected

South or Southwest 30mph with gusts 45mph.

Friday 28 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:04
Sunset: 21:37
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Another day of sunshine and showers, some heavy in the afternoon. Strong southwesterly winds on summits.

Saturday 29 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:06
Sunset: 21:35
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Fairly unsettled conditions set to continue with sunshine and showers but winds easing.

Sunday 30 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:08
Sunset: 21:33
Moon phase: First quarter

Heavy showers or longer spells of rain with a fresh southwesterly breeze.

Issued at:

Includes the North and West Cairngorms National Park, Monadhliath, Ben Alder, Creag Meagaidh, Loch Ericht and Loch Rannoch.

The North Grampian region includes a large part of the Cairngorm National Park and the Balmoral Estate, the Scottish home of the Royal family since 1852. Five of the UK's six highest mountains lie inside Cairngorm National park, and there are 55 Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft). You will also find three of Scotland’s five ski centres including the Glenshee Ski Centre, the largest in the UK. The centre extends across four mountains, Glas Maol the largest at 1,068 metres and Carn Aosda the smallest at 917 metres, and includes 36 different ski runs.

Most people agree that Creag Meagaidh in Glen Spean is where the east highlands meet the west highlands. It is also this location which provides one of the area's most popular activities - ice climbing. This is thanks to its vast plateau from which five Munros (that seem almost made for climbing) stretch out. Seeing as plenty is on offer for visitors and it is crammed in a relatively small area, it should come as no surprise that the Creag Meagaidh area has been praised as offering all that is good about the Highlands in a single nature reserve.

For snow and avalanche hazard forecasts please visit Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service