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 Monday 22nd October 2018
Forecast last updated on Sunday 21st October 2018 at 4:15pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Westerly gales across the Highlands all day, becoming storm force. Rain (initially snow on tops), will rarely cease on western coastal hills in NW Scotland. Low cloud filling in across the W/NW Highlands. Otherwise largely dry. Least wind Wales, but increasing N England.

Headline for Southern Uplands

Wind strengthening to gale force on hills. Generally dry.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly 25 to 35mph morning, strengthening to 40-45mph by afternoon, risk 55-60mph by evening Borders and The Cheviot.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking increasingly difficult across the hills. Significant wind chill.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Substantially or completely dry

Rare drizzly rain near and west of M74.

Cloud on the hills?

Little if any; patches west

Banks of cloud may form higher Galloway hills, mainly afternoon, above 650-750m, perhaps lower by dusk.

Chance of cloud free summits?

90% Borders/Cheviots; 70% later 40% Dumfries & Galloway.

Air clarity (below cloud)

Patches of sun; most extensive Cheviot hills. Visibility very good, but slight haze.

How Cold? (at 750m)


Freezing Level

Above the summits. Slight frost at dawn some valleys.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 23rd October 2018

A strong area of high pressure lies west of the British Isles early this week. A prevailing west to northwesterly flow, with prolonged gales over Scottish mountains. Rain frequent or persistent NW Scotland, but largely dry elsewhere. Later in the week, a switch to northerly winds will bring widely much colder air across the UK. Dropping below freezing point on the Munros, and highest tops in England & Wales by Friday and the weekend. Expect upland gales and severe wind chill. Showers focused on north-facing hills will give a covering of snow on the hills. Away from showers, the air will be very clear.

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