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North Grampian - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting North Grampian over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for the fine settled conditions over the next five days.

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Tuesday 22 May 2018

Sunset: 21:40
Moon phase: First quarter

A mainly dry though cloudy evening with perhaps just the odd spot of drizzle. The cloud sitting on the mountaintops so bringing poor visibility. Mostly light winds, but a moderate easterly on the summits with temperatures there only a couple of degrees above freezing.

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Weather hazards

Strong sunlight High likelihood Hide 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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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.

Learn more about poor visibility

Headline

Early low cloud burning off then some long spells of sunshine.

Weather

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Weather at 800m Fog Overcast Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny day Sunny intervals Sunny day Clear night
Chance of precipitation at 800m <05% <05% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00%

Wind speed and direction

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Altitude above mean sea level
1300m S 6 8 S 5 8 SW 5 7 SW 3 6 SW 4 8 SW 4 9 S 6 11 S 7 10
900m S 4 7 SW 3 6 SW 3 5 NE 3 6 NW 4 8 W 5 11 SW 4 9 S 6 9
600m S 4 5 SW 2 4 W 2 5 NW 2 6 NE 3 8 NW 4 11 W 4 9 SE 2 5
300m N 1 4 SE 2 3 SW 2 4 NW 1 6 N 2 7 N 3 9 NW 4 10 W 2 6
Glen N 3 7 SW 2 4 S 3 6 SE 4 9 NE 5 10 SE 5 11 NW 5 10 W 5 9

Temperature

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Altitude above mean sea level
1300m 2 ° 1 ° 2 ° 5 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 5 °
900m 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 7 ° 9 ° 11 ° 11 ° 8 °
600m 6 ° 5 ° 6 ° 9 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 10 °
300m 7 ° 6 ° 7 ° 11 ° 14 ° 16 ° 15 ° 11 °
Glen 6 ° 5 ° 7 ° 13 ° 16 ° 17 ° 17 ° 12 °

Feels like temperature

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Altitude above mean sea level
1300m -1 ° -1 ° -1 ° 4 ° 6 ° 7 ° 6 ° 3 °
900m 3 ° 2 ° 3 ° 6 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 7 °
600m 4 ° 4 ° 5 ° 9 ° 11 ° 13 ° 13 ° 9 °
300m 6 ° 5 ° 7 ° 11 ° 14 ° 15 ° 15 ° 11 °
Glen 5 ° 5 ° 7 ° 12 ° 16 ° 17 ° 16 ° 10 °

Freezing level

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Freezing level i 1,900 m 1,700 m 1,700 m 1,700 m 1,700 m 1,800 m 1,900 m 1,900 m
Sunrise: 04:42
Sunset: 21:42
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Areas of cloud tending to break up soon after daybreak so some fine long sunny spells soon developing. A high UV index is expected so adequate sun protection should be worn.

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

20% at midnight with areas of cloud at 600-750m, rising 70% in morning as it breaks and over 90% by late morning with only patchy cloud above the tops expected by that time. Falling 80% by midnight with some cloud possibly edging in to the south of the area towards Loch Rannoch.

Visibility

Overnight, moderate to good beneath the cloud, becoming good or very good from mid morning, then turning somewhat hazy again in the evening.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

A fine spell of climbing weather coming up. The main hazards look like being sunburn and dehydration.

Thursday 24 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:40
Sunset: 21:44
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Any early morning low cloud towards Loch Rannoch quickly burning off in the first half of the morning. Otherwise little or no cloud with unbroken sunshine for most areas, perhaps a little cloud building up over the Monadliath range in the afternoon.

Maximum wind speed expected

10-15mph at most with variable direction.

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

80% at dawn, due to the chance of patchy cloud at 750m in south, otherwise over 90% for the rest of the day.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 9 Celsius at dawn, perhaps 6 Celsius in cloud in the south, rising to Plus 14 in the afternoon.
  • Glen Plus 6 to Plus 9 at dawn rising to Plus 20 in the afternoon then down to Plus 11 by midnight.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Visibility

Hazy in the glens in the morning otherwise mainly good, though still with a slight haze evident.

Friday 25 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:38
Sunset: 21:45
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Another clear day with some fine sunny spells. A fresh to strong easterly wind on the tops. Warm with light winds at most levels.

Saturday 26 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:37
Sunset: 21:47
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Another clear day with some fine sunny spells. A fresh to strong easterly wind on the tops. Warm with light winds at most levels.

Sunday 27 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:35
Sunset: 21:49
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Another clear day with some fine sunny spells. A fresh to strong easterly wind on the tops. Warm with light winds at most levels.

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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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