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 Saturday 14th December 2019
Forecast last updated on Friday 13th December 2019 at 3:50pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A complex area of low pressure to the north and west of Scotland brings a risk of snow setting in for periods for the W/NW Highlands. Smaller amounts of snow toward east. Frequent snow also for western hills of England & Wales. Widespread upland gales and severe wind chill, expect perhaps N Scotland.

Headline for Southern Uplands

Upland gales; risk snow setting in for periods; whiteout.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly soon 40 to 50mph, briefly less only around dawn.

Effect of wind on you?

Arduous conditions with blowing snow and severe wind chill across higher terrain.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Risk persistent snow

Periods of snow spreading from the west, falling to lower slopes, risk setting in frequent or near-constant for a few hours Dumfries & Galloway and around M74 giving whiteout on hills. Smaller amounts Borders/Cheviots.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive across hills

Banks of cloud across higher slopes, at times forming to lower levels, mostly around snow.

Chance of cloud free summits?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Limited if any sun. Visibility appalling in snow and low cloud, but in places often very good.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-2C. In strongest wind on highest tops, wind chill feeling close to -18C.

Freezing Level

Much upland terrain frozen, at least above 300m with snow cover.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 15th December 2019

Staying cold through into early next week. Most mountain terrain frozen, to lower slopes in Scotland. Some substantial snowfalls, with snow lying from many lower slopes up away from immediate coasts. Most precipitation focused on western mountains. Winds very varied, sometimes gale force, but also some lulls. Quieter conditions briefly early next week. A gradual but complex rise of freezing level from the south through midweek, although Scottish mountains may well stay substantially frozen. Rain preceded by snow extending in from the southwest.

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