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North Grampian - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting North Grampian over the next 5 days

Confidence

High confidence for the weekend, but medium for the rest of the period for any showers details.

  • This evening
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Further outlook

Friday 20 July 2018

Sunset: 21:51
Moon phase: First quarter

Cloudy with some drizzle this evening.

Saturday 21 July 2018

Weather hazards

Poor visibility Medium 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.

Learn more about poor visibility

Strong sunlight Medium 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.

Learn more about strong sunlight

Headline

A cloudy morning, but becoming brighter later.

Weather

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Weather at 800m Drizzle Drizzle Drizzle Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 800m 30% 30% 30% 20% 00% 00% 00% 00%

Wind speed and direction

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1300m N 4 6 NW 6 8 NW 8 10 W 9 12 W 10 15 W 11 16 W 11 15 SW 17 22
900m N 4 6 N 5 6 N 5 7 NW 6 9 W 7 12 W 9 14 W 10 14 SW 14 18
600m N 3 5 N 4 6 N 4 6 NW 4 7 NW 6 11 W 7 13 W 8 14 SW 9 15
300m N 4 7 NE 3 6 N 3 7 N 3 6 NW 3 8 NW 5 11 W 6 13 SW 8 17
Glen N 2 5 N 2 5 N 2 6 N 3 7 N 4 9 NW 5 11 W 6 13 SW 4 13

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1300m 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 10 ° 11 ° 9 ° 8 °
900m 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 12 ° 14 ° 13 ° 11 °
600m 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 14 ° 17 ° 15 ° 13 °
300m 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 16 ° 19 ° 17 ° 14 °
Glen 13 ° 11 ° 11 ° 14 ° 18 ° 21 ° 19 ° 15 °

Feels like temperature

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Altitude above mean sea level
1300m 7 ° 6 ° 5 ° 6 ° 8 ° 9 ° 7 ° 5 °
900m 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 11 ° 12 ° 11 ° 8 °
600m 12 ° 11 ° 10 ° 11 ° 14 ° 16 ° 14 ° 11 °
300m 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 12 ° 16 ° 18 ° 16 ° 13 °
Glen 13 ° 11 ° 11 ° 14 ° 18 ° 21 ° 18 ° 14 °

Freezing level

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Freezing level i 2,500 m 2,300 m 2,200 m 2,100 m 2,800 m 3,400 m 3,800 m 3,700 m
Sunrise: 04:51
Sunset: 21:50
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Cloudy overnight with occasional drizzle. This will clear in the morning with cloud gradually breaking to reveal some good sunny spells. More cloud arrives later in the evening.

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

10% with persistent cloud above 500m overnight and early in the morning. Becoming 90% through the afternoon.

Visibility

Moderate or poor overnight, becoming good or very good in the morning.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Nil.

Sunday 22 July 2018

Sunrise: 04:53
Sunset: 21:48
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Mostly cloudy in west with occasional light drizzle. It will be a much drier and brighter day elsewhere with sunny spells, the best of these across the Cairngorms.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwest wind 30mph gusting 40mph.

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

60%, with occasional cloud above 700m especially in west.

Temperature

  • At 800m Around Plus 11 Celsius.
  • Glen Plus 14 Celsius, rising to 24 Celsius in the afternoon.
  • Freezing level Above summits.

Visibility

Good or very good, but occasionally moderate or poor in west.

Monday 23 July 2018

Sunrise: 04:55
Sunset: 21:46
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Some light rain early in the morning, otherwise a dry and bright day. Fresh southwest winds.

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Sunrise: 04:57
Sunset: 21:45
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Dry and bright, with a few showers in the afternoon. Moderate to fresh southwest winds.

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Sunrise: 04:58
Sunset: 21:43
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Another mostly dry day with a few afternoon showers. Fresh southwest winds.

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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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