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 Friday 23rd March 2018
Forecast last updated on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 3:45pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A complex area of low pressure pulls away from Scotland, but leaves a legacy of snow and rain across the Highlands, breaking up into showers through the day. Locally frequent showers for northern England, but Wales should be largely dry. Winds varied, up to gale force for a few hours, focused on the Lakes/Pennines & Snowdonia in the morning.

Headline for Southern Uplands

Rain locally persistent, mainly west. Blustery, upland gales.

How windy? (On the summits)

South to southwest veering westerly through the morning; mostly 30 to 40mph, risk 45-50mph Cheviots at first. Easing toward 25mph during afternoon, perhaps 15-20mph by dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Frequent buffeting across the hills; walking often arduous on higher areas. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain locally persistent for several hours

Areas of rain (snow higher tops), in some areas frequent or persistent for several hours, likely focused on Dumfries & Galloway. Tending to break up into showers, and slowly fading toward dusk.

Cloud on the hills?

Most persistent west

Covering many hills where rain persists, above 600-700m, perhaps lower west of the M74. Cloud base lifting away from rain, and breaks forming to higher summits by afternoon.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30% west; 40% later 70% east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Some glimpses of sun breaking through, especially across eastern areas in the afternoon. Visibility poor at first, and where rain lingers, but tending to improve.

How Cold? (at 750m)

1C Feeling close to -12C where exposed to strongest wind.

Freezing Level

Just above highest tops

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 24th March 2018

A cool westerly pattern this weekend, with temperatures sub-zero above 700-800m, and overnight frost in valleys. Scattered showers, focused on western Scotland, but plenty of dry and bright weather. Cloud breaking to many high tops and visibility excellent. A chilly breeze, although winds relatively light for many areas. Changeable next week, with frontal systems approaching from the Atlantic, but then a switch to colder northerly winds from midweek and toward Easter. The freezing level dropping widely, and very cold conditions are possible on many mountains. Further accumulating snowfalls are likely, although detail is uncertain.

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