Southeastern Highlands Forecast

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 22nd March 2019

The southern highlands as far west as the central highlands and north to Ben Alder, Drumochter and summits near Glenshee ski-centre (summits within the historic county of Perthshire). Also Ochils and Angus hills.

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Forecast last updated on Thursday 21st March 2019 at 4:36pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Southwest winds; gale force across Lakes/N Pennines/S Uplands and storm force over the Highlands. Extensive low cloud across the hills with patches of drizzle ahead of a cold front that will push southeast through the day bringing a period of heavier rain to all hills. Colder air into Scotland later with snow showers in west.

Headline for Southeastern Highlands

Storm force winds. Rain arriving from west, clearing later to a few snow showers.

How windy? (On the Munros)

South to southwest, 60-80mph, veering westerly during the afternoon and easing to between 35-50mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking widely very difficult through the morning with severe wind chill. Conditions moderating in the afternoon.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Rain for a time, snow showers arriving later.

Isolated drizzle hills at first, mainly hills near and west of A9. Then rain arriving from west later in morning, heaviest on hills near/west of A9. The rain will ease away by mid afternoon with clearer conditions following, but with a few snow showers towards dusk, rain below 600m.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive higher areas, clearing later.

Cloud will be extensive across higher areas for several hours, especially in rain, above 500-800m, lowest near and west of the A9. However, some fleeting breaks to tops towards Deeside. As rain clears later in afternoon, cloud will break to tops with many hills clearing. Although patches lowering again in snow showers.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

30% lifting to 60% by late afternoon.

Air clarity (below cloud)

Patches of sun will come through later in afternoon and visibility tending to improve as rain clears. Reduced again by showers.

How Cold? (at 900m)

3 to 5C, dropping through afternoon, perhaps abruptly to 0C or just below toward dusk. Feeling closer to -18C in exposure to strongest winds.

Freezing Level

Above summits, but dropping sharply to 800-900m later in afternoon, then lower into the night.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 23rd March 2019

Colder conditions over the weekend with freezing levels ranging between 700 and 1000m. Snow or hail showers focused on W Scotland, becoming increasingly frequent through Sunday when another swathe of gales will affect the Highlands. Drier elsewhere, with just a few showers; these mainly across the Lakes and E Scotland. Into next week, higher pressure will extend across the UK bringing a period of quieter weather with lighter winds and occasional sunshine. Temperatures slowly rising by day, although frosts forming in the valleys/glens at night. Weak fronts may edge into W Scotland at times introducing some low cloud and drizzle here for a time.