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Southeastern Highlands Forecast

Southeastern Highlands

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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Viewing Forecast For

Southeastern Highlands
Thursday 22nd October 2020
Last updated Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 2:30 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Despite an approaching ridge of high pressure, the remnants of fronts, will mean only a slow, although sustained improvement after extensive low cloud and patches of rain from dawn - particularly so central Britain. Strong winds will ease; becoming very light in Scotland.

Headline for Southeastern Highlands

Gradually improving as extensive low cloud lifts and rain fizzles out.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Northerly 30 to 40mph post dawn. Will slowly drop, initially west of A9, to become less than 10mph mid to late afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Becoming negligible, although considerable buffeting and wind chill most of morning.

How Wet?

Patches snow (rain lower slopes) fizzling out by about midday.

Overnight precipitation, snow above 700m, will persist after dawn, mainly N Perthshire east to Angus. Gradually will become light and patchy, by about midday more or less fizzling out completely.

Cloud on the hills?

Very extensive at first; improving gradually

Hills starting foggy - fairly widely from lower slopes up. Slowly the cloud will fragment, and lower slopes clear. Through afternoon some higher summits eventually clearing, as nearly all cloud become confined above 900m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

Almost nil post dawn, 60% from mid afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sunshine slowly coming through, some areas fairly sunny by mid afternoon. Extensively misty at first, but gradually visibility becoming vey good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C, dropping from north toward 1C

Freezing Level

Above the summits, dropping to 1100m, but perhaps 1000m north Perthshire, Glenshee and Angus.

Viewing Forecast For

Southeastern Highlands
Friday 23rd October 2020
Last updated Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 2:30 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southwesterly, typically 40mph morning. By midday a slight lull, then into afternoon, 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking arduous on higher areas most of morning and again later in day.

How Wet?

Occasional rain, mainly morning

Rain on and off morning, although little rain in total near and east of Glenshee. Then dry before late in day showers begin to spread east, giving snow as low as 700m.

Cloud on the hills?

Unlikely to clear higher areas

Morning, typical cloud base varying between 350m and 650m, highest Angus. Will then improve as cloud base varies between 850 & 1150m, although near showers, dropping to 600-800m.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sunshine particularly afternoon; most sun east of A9. Visibility often very good or later excellent, but poor in precipitation.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Typically 4C; will tend to drop toward 2C through day.

Freezing Level

Above the summits before dropping toward 1100m.

Viewing Forecast For

Southeastern Highlands
Saturday 24th October 2020
Last updated Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 2:30 PM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Southerly typically 65mph, easing to 45mph middle of day or into afternoon after perhaps a brief slight lull.

Effect of the wind on you?

Any mobility difficult and wind chill severe where exposed on higher areas, sudden gusts at times some lower slopes.

How Wet?

Rain, widely heavy, later clearing

Soon widely constant often heavy rain particularly west of A9. In afternoon, clearing, although by dusk, there may be showers - of snow above 1000m.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, cloud base rising afternoon

Blanket fog most areas above 250-500m, although east of Glenshee, breaks to 750m. Improving into afternoon to a varied cloud base, occasionally below 650m, but typically 750-950m generally highest near and east of Glenshee.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun lower areas mainly near and east of Glenshee afternoon. Visibility very poor in heavy rain, but good at times afternoon.

How Cold? (at 900m)

4C; tending to drop through the day.

Freezing Level

Above the summits most of day, later dropping toward 1100m.

Planning Outlook

A series of often intense lows will come in off the Atlantic, bringing periods of storm force winds to all mountain areas from the weekend. Rain will fall almost daily, particularly on western mountains, where considerable total rainfall. On higher areas, mainly the Scottish Highlands, snow will fall intermittently.