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North Grampian - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting North Grampian over the next 5 days

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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Sunset: 19:04
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Dry with clear spells, especially across western hills. Southeasterly gales, gusts 60mph over higher ridges and summits.

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Weather hazards

Gales High likelihood Hide 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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Storm force winds Medium likelihood Show detail

Walking will be very strenuous with any mobility virtually impossible over exposed ground. There is a high likelihood of being blown over or taken off one’s feet, while even standing up may be impossible at times. Basic tasks such as using a map, eating, putting on extra clothing or communication become extremely difficult away from any shelter.

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Severe chill effect Low 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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Forecast

00 to 23:59

Weather

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Weather at 800m Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 800m 00% 10% 20% 00% 00% 00% 00% 20%

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
1100m SE 37 51 SE 37 51 SE 40 55 SE 43 59 SE 45 62 SE 45 63 SE 46 64 SE 47 66
900m SE 33 48 SE 30 43 SE 32 46 SE 40 57 SE 41 58 SE 42 60 SE 39 56 SE 36 53
600m S 12 24 S 12 23 SW 14 27 SE 21 37 SE 21 38 SE 25 43 SE 18 36 SE 17 33
300m SE 6 13 SE 5 12 SE 6 12 SW 9 18 SW 8 18 SE 10 22 SE 9 33 SE 10 23
Glen S 4 17 S 4 17 S 4 18 S 6 21 S 7 22 SE 6 20 SE 5 19 SE 5 21

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1100m 5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 5 °
900m 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 °
600m 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 10 °
300m 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 °
Glen 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 13 ° 15 ° 15 ° 13 ° 12 °

Feels like temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
1100m -2 ° -3 ° -3 ° -3 ° -3 ° -3 ° -4 ° -3 °
900m 3 ° 2 ° 1 ° 1 ° 2 ° 2 ° 1 ° 2 °
600m 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 °
300m 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 10 ° 10 °
Glen 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 13 ° 14 ° 12 ° 10 °

Freezing level

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Freezing level i 2,300 m 2,300 m 2,300 m 2,300 m 2,200 m 2,200 m 2,200 m 2,200 m
Sunrise: 07:09
Sunset: 19:01
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Some clear spells overnight, especially in the west at first, but cloud may be thick enough in the east and south to give a little drizzle at times. Cloud lifting and breaking through the morning with some good spells of sunshine developing. Cloud, above the summits, increasing through the evening.

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

Around 30% at first with periods of cloud above 450m becoming 80% by late morning as cloud lifts and breaks to become patches above about 750m.

Visibility

Good or very good with distant hills visible but lowering to just a few kilometres in any drizzle.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Temperatures in northern glens may reach 18 Celsius by day. Very windy with gusts close to 75mph expected over ridges and summits during the afternoon. Despite generally mild temperatures strength of wind, especially at height, will give a significant chill effect.

Thursday 28 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:11
Sunset: 18:58
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain through the early hours but becoming drier and brighter through the morning to leave a fine afternoon with some good spells of sunshine developing.

Temperature

  • At 800m Around 8 Celsius
  • Glen Plus 8 Celsius rising to plus 16 Celsius by day
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Visibility

Several kilometres in rain otherwise very good with some decent panoramic views of surrounding hills and mountains.

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

Around 30% at first with periods above about 450m becoming 80 or 90% with patches above 750m by late morning.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southeasterly winds 40-50mph, with gusts around 75mph likely over higher ridges and summits, veering southerly and decreasing 15-20mph by late morning. Winds become more southeasterly again in afternoon and increase 30-40mph with gusts around 60mph over ridges and summits.

Friday 29 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:13
Sunset: 18:56
Moon phase: First quarter

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain for a time around the middle of the day, but clear or sunny spells either side. Gale or severe gale force southeasterly winds at height. Freezing level above summits.

Saturday 30 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:15
Sunset: 18:53
Moon phase: First quarter

A bright day with sunshine and showers, heavy at times through the morning. Strong to gale force southerly winds. Freezing level above summits.

Sunday 1 October 2017

Sunrise: 07:17
Sunset: 18:50
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain. Southerly then southwesterly gales. Freezing level above summits.

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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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