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North Grampian - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting North Grampian over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for the general weather situation, but low to medium for details on showers.

  • This evening
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Further outlook

Monday 23 April 2018

Sunset: 20:41
Moon phase: First quarter

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain or sleet this evening.

Tuesday 24 April 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.

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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.

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Poor visibility Low 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.

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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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Headline

A mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers.

Weather

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Weather at 800m Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Light snow shower day Sleet shower day Heavy shower day Sleet shower day Sleet shower day Sleet shower night
Chance of precipitation at 800m 30% 30% 40% 30% 40% 40% 40% 20%

Wind speed and direction

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Altitude above mean sea level
1300m W 45 59 W 45 59 W 41 53 W 35 46 W 30 42 W 24 33 W 20 26 SW 19 24
900m W 36 48 W 37 49 W 34 45 W 29 40 W 24 35 W 20 29 SW 15 21 SW 14 19
600m W 23 34 SW 22 34 W 21 32 W 20 31 W 18 29 W 15 24 SW 11 18 SW 9 15
300m SW 12 27 SW 11 27 SW 10 24 W 12 27 W 12 27 W 12 25 SW 9 19 SW 6 14
Glen W 7 25 W 7 26 W 7 24 W 8 26 W 9 26 W 9 24 SW 6 16 SW 5 13

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1300m -2 ° -3 ° -3 ° -2 ° -1 ° -1 ° -2 ° -2 °
900m 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 1 °
600m 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 4 °
300m 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 9 ° 9 ° 7 ° 5 °
Glen 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 8 ° 11 ° 11 ° 9 ° 6 °

Feels like temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1300m -12 ° -13 ° -13 ° -12 ° -10 ° -8 ° -9 ° -9 °
900m -7 ° -8 ° -8 ° -6 ° -4 ° -3 ° -3 ° -4 °
600m -2 ° -3 ° -3 ° -2 ° 1 ° 2 ° 1 ° 0 °
300m 2 ° 1 ° 1 ° 3 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 3 °
Glen 3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 5 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 4 °

Freezing level

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Freezing level i 1,000 m 900 m 900 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,100 m 1,100 m 1,000 m
Sunrise: 05:44
Sunset: 20:43
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Mostly dry overnight with clear spells and a few sleet showers towards Ben Alder and Creag Meagaidh. Sunny spells through the morning with a few showers, these becoming more frequent and possibly heavy in the afternoon. These will turn wintry above 900m. Best of the sunshine across the Cairngorms. Showers will gradually become confined to the west in the evening.

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

Occasional patches at 700m.

Visibility

Good or very good, but dropping to moderate or poor in rain/sleet/snow.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Gusts of 60mph are expected overnight mainly across the Cairngorms Plateau.

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:42
Sunset: 20:45
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Mostly dry overnight with occasional wintry showers. Sunshine and showers (wintry above 800m) will follow, with showers becoming more frequent through the day, some heavy and possibly thundery in the afternoon. Showers will become confined to the west in the evening with clear spells elsewhere.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwest wind 20mph gusting 30-35mph.

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

Occasional patches at 700m, becoming occasional in west in the evening.

Temperature

  • At 800m Around Zero Celsius.
  • Glen Plus 2 Celsius in the morning, rising to Plus 10 Celsius in the afternoon.
  • Freezing level Around 900m.

Visibility

Good or very good, but dropping to moderate or poor in rain/sleet/snow.

Thursday 26 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:39
Sunset: 20:47
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Sunny spells and occasional showers, some on the heavy side. Strong westerly winds. Freezing level around 900m.

Friday 27 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:37
Sunset: 20:49
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Similar to Thursday's weather with fresh westerly winds. Freezing level around 800m.

Saturday 28 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:34
Sunset: 20:51
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Drier but cloudier with a few showers possible. Easing winds. Freezing level at 800m.

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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

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