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North Grampian

Confidence

High for the general weather sequence, and for very windy conditions early next week. Lower for rain details from Monday

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Saturday 20 October 2018

Sunrise: 07:58   Sunset: 18:00
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Generally cloudy with widespread hill fog in the south and west and a little light rain or drizzle. A few clearer spells towards Strathdon.

Sunday 21 October 2018

Weather hazards

Gales High likelihood Hide detail

Gale force winds (gusts over 50mph) make walking difficult and strenuous with a potential to be blown over by gusts. There is often a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances can take longer to cover and compass bearings become harder to follow accurately.

Poor visibility High likelihood Show 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.

Severe chill effect Medium likelihood Show detail

Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect. Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature. This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow. Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia.

Storm force winds Low likelihood Show detail

Storm force winds (gusts over 70mph) make walking very strenuous with any mobility virtually impossible over exposed ground. Where these conditions occur there is a high risk of being blown over and even standing may be impossible at times with a risk of being blown off one’s feet. Basic tasks such as using a map, eating, putting on extra clothing or communication become extremely difficult away from any shelter.

Headline

Cloudy with some rain in the morning then brighter and mainly dry but turning colder. Windy with summit gales and increasing wind chill.

Weather at 800m

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Drizzle Light rain Light rain Heavy rain Light rain Sunny intervals Light snow shower night Partly cloudy night
60% 60% 70% 80% 60% 20% 30% 10%
Chance of precipitation
2,600 2,600 2,700 1,900 1,400 1,100 900 800
Freezing level (m)
The level above which snow is expected to settle or the ground is expected to be frozen

Wind speed and direction (mph) By altitude above mean sea level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1300m SW 44 56 SW 45 57 SW 35 44 W 28 34 W 40 50 W 40 51 W 46 58 W 44 56
900m SW 37 46 SW 39 49 SW 29 37 W 20 26 W 33 43 W 31 43 W 34 47 W 32 45
600m SW 21 33 SW 23 35 SW 17 27 W 13 20 W 21 33 W 19 31 W 20 34 W 18 32
300m SW 13 32 SW 13 31 SW 9 22 SW 7 17 SW 12 28 W 11 27 W 11 29 W 10 26
Glen SW 6 24 SW 7 26 W 5 17 W 4 16 SW 8 25 W 8 25 W 6 23 W 5 22

Temperature (°C) By altitude above mean sea level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1300m 7 7 7 2 0 -1 -2 -3
900m 10 10 9 5 4 3 1 0
600m 12 12 11 7 6 6 4 3
300m 13 13 12 9 8 8 6 5
Glen 14 14 13 10 11 10 7 5

Feels like temperature (°C) By altitude above mean sea level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
1300m 1 1 1 -5 -9 -10 -13 -14
900m 5 4 4 0 -3 -4 -7 -8
600m 8 8 8 4 1 1 -2 -2
300m 11 11 11 7 5 5 2 2
Glen 12 12 12 9 8 7 4 3
Sunrise: 08:00   Sunset: 17:57
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Cloudy overnight and in the morning with hill fog and some outbreaks of rain and drizzle. This mainly light but turning heavier for a time in the morning. The rain dying out early afternoon though likely to turn to sleet or snow above 1200m before it does so. Cloud then lifting and breaking to allow some sunny intervals and the odd isolated shower, turning to snow on the Munro tops. Perhaps a few more showers in the evening and with colder air, some snow could penetrate as low as 750m, though it will become mainly dry.

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

10% or less overnight and in the morning with widespread frontal cloud at 450-750m, bases rising a little during the morning, then a more generally increase in chances to 70% in the afternoon and evening, with occasional cloud above 750-900m mainly in showers or on the highest tops.

Visibility

Often moderate to poor overnight and morning then mainly good away from showers, though briefly poor in snow showers.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Note the falling temperatures and increasing wind chill effect.

Monday 22 October 2018

Sunrise: 08:02   Sunset: 17:55
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Clear spells overnight. Becoming cloudy in the morning, with the odd patch of light rain or drizzle especially towards Creag Meagaidh and Ben Alder, but mainly dry towards Strathdon with some brighter intervals.

Maximum wind speed expected

A stormy day on the tops, with westerly winds 50 gusts 70mph increasing 70 gusts 90mph in the afternoon and perhaps even stronger after dark.

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

70% in early hours with broken cloud then falling 30% during the day as widespread cloud at 750-900m spreads in.

Temperature

  • At 800m 0 Celsius overnight rising to Plus 4 Celsius in the morning and 6 Celsius later.
  • Glen As low as 2 Celsius in early hours picking up before morning then lifting to Plus 13 in the afternoon, edging down to Plus 10 in the evening.
  • Freezing level 800m overnight rising to 1200m in the morning then above summits.

Visibility

Mostly good under cloud but moderate in rain or drizzle.

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Sunrise: 08:05   Sunset: 17:52
Moon phase: Full

Cloudy with some hill fog and occasional outbreaks of mainly light rain. A little brightness in good shelter, mainly in Strathspey and Deeside. Storm force west to northwesterly winds on the tops while freezing levels remain well above the summits.

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Sunrise: 08:07   Sunset: 17:50
Moon phase: Full

Cloudy again with a little light rain or drizzle in places, but the severe gales will gradually ease. Some cloud breaks may form in shelter in the east.

Thursday 25 October 2018

Sunrise: 08:09   Sunset: 17:47
Moon phase: Full

Cloudy with some patchy light rain, perhaps turning to sleet or snow on the very highest tops as freezing levels edge down to 1300m. Strong northwesterly winds.

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