Southern Uplands Forecast

The Galloway hills eastward to the Lammermuir hills. The Cheviots (including higher hills within the adjacent Northumberland NP).

Viewing Weather Forecast for Thursday 18th January 2018
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 2:20pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A deep low will clear quickly eastwards in the morning - early storm force winds in England & Wales will ease. Then another day of cold westerly winds bringing snow or hail showers frequently to western mountains. Isolated thunder. Driest and brightest in eastern Scotland.

Headline for Southern Uplands

Snow and hail showers, most frequent west. Risk thunder.

How windy? (On the summits)

West to northwesterly 25 to 30, at times 35mph; gusty during showers.

Effect of wind on you?

Likely to impede ease of walking on higher areas. Significant wind chill where exposed.

How Wet?

Snow and hail showers mainly west; isolated lightning

A threat of persistent snow overnight, heaviest southern areas. Residual snow may linger almost anywhere around dawn, then snow and hail showers mainly focused on Dumfries & Galloway, sometimes frequent. Isolated thunder. Few showers Cheviots. Rain only valleys.

Cloud on the hills?

Intermittently clearing higher areas, mostly east

Cloud base changing quickly. Shafts of cloud on lower slopes near showers, and often shrouding higher tops in Dumfries & Galloway. Frequent breaks to high tops in Borders.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30% west; 70% east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun; most sun Cheviots. Below cloud, the air very clear, although visibility suddenly appalling in snow.

How Cold? (at 750m)


Freezing Level

450m; most terrain frozen, partial thawing lower slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 19th January 2018

Cold westerly winds will bring further clusters of snow or hail showers into western regions for the rest of the week. Fewer showers by Saturday as winds ease and pressure builds. However, a front which moves in from the south-west later Saturday into Sunday brings a risk of persistent snow in some areas, which may transition widely to rain as temperatures lift. A chance that across much of the Scottish Highlands, it remains as snow much of Sunday. Into next week, expect periods of rain or snow and possible gales, with cycles of freeze and thaw, although the Scottish Munros rarely above freezing point.

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