Mountain weather

North Grampian

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North Grampian Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High

This evening forecast

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Cloud gradually thickening and lowering, some patchy rain and mist later.

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Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

Hazards apply at or above 300m, reflecting the more severe conditions which can occur at altitude.

hazard Strong sunlight
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.

hazard Poor visibility
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.

Mountain weather forecast

Bright with sunny spells

Wind direction and speed (mph)
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Additional weather information

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Nothing further to add.

Weather

Any low cloud, patchy rain and mist clearing around dawn. Otherwise bright with sunny spells

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

90%, occasional or patches possible around the summits, otherwise no significant cloud during daylight hours.

Visibility

Mostly very good, perhaps moderate or poor around dawn.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Dry and bright with sunny spells.

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

90%, a few patches around the summits, mainly early and late in the day, otherwise no significant cloud expected.

Maximum wind speed expected

West or Southwest 5 to 15mph

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 5 to 10 Celsius
  • Glen Plus 8 Celsius rising to 18 Celsius
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Visibility

Good or very good

Mountain weather information

Thursday 28 May

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Bright and mainly dry, although the odd shower possible. Light or moderate south or southwest winds at height.

Friday 29 May

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Bright with some warm or very warm sunshine. Moderate or fresh south or southeast winds over the summits.

Saturday 30 May

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Bright with some warm or very sunshine. The chance of heavy, perhaps thundery, showers developing. Moderate or fresh southeasterly winds over the tops.

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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