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 Tuesday 24th January 2017
Forecast last updated on Monday 23rd January 2017 at 1:43pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A zone of low cloud and patchy rain extends across S & SW Scotland, plus western-most hills in England & Wales. Elsewhere largely dry, cloud breaks to higher tops, particularly N Scotland. Windy on Scottish mountains; gale force in N & NW Highlands. Some terrain frozen.

Headline for Southern Uplands

Blustery on hills. Low cloud, rain or drizzle, mostly west.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, 25 to 35mph, but risk locally 40mph in central areas in morning.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking arduous on higher areas, at times considerable buffeting and wind chill.

How Wet?

Patchy rain, mostly west

Rain and drizzle on and off much of the day Dumfries & Galloway, locally persistent, but amounts fairly small. Very little if any toward the Cheviots & Lothians.

Cloud on the hills?

Persistent all day many areas; some hills clear in north-east

Widespread low cloud covering many hills, bases 400 to 500m, lowest around Solway. However, in the northern Borders, perhaps also Cheviots, most cloud often above hills.

Chance of cloud free summits?

10% west; 40% east; 60% north-east.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun, mainly toward Lothians. Haze lower slopes; fog most higher areas, particularly west.

How Cold? (at 750m)

4 or 5C; little change in temperature with height from valleys to summits in Borders.

Freezing Level

Above the summits; some terrain in Borders may still be frozen or partly frozen.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 25th January 2017

Southerly winds will be gale or severe gale force on most hills and mountains for the rest this week, although it will remain largely dry as fronts are held at bay to the west of Britain. A little rain or drizzle and low cloud will drift onto western hills from time to time, but many tops should be often clear. A change to a more pronounced south-westerly regime is expected by the end of the month, although there is uncertainty about how quickly this evolves around the weekend - many areas may remain largely dry until into next week. Often near or below freezing on higher areas - terrain at least partly frozen. Next week, periods of freeze and thaw are likely.

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