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
Saturday 29th February 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

Summary for all mountain areas

A complex weather situation. An early zone of rain and upland snow clears away eastwards, with cloud breaking widely. Then another area of heavy snow spreads in from the west into the afternoon. Wind speeds varied; least windy northern Scotland, but increasingly stormy across hills of England & Wales.

Headline for Southeastern Highlands

Dry following early snow/rain; snow returns PM; winds varied.

How windy? (On the Munros)

Direction changing quickly, mostly southerly, briefly westerly; at dawn may be 40mph, then typically 25-40mph with brief lulls. Risk locally reaching 50-60mph again for periods.

Effect of the wind on you?

Sometimes small, but beware of changing conditions giving periods of arduous or difficult walking conditions and severe wind chill.

How Wet?

A few hours dry, then snow/whiteout setting in again.

Early snow & rain will break up within a few hours of dawn, becoming generally dry for several hours. However, during afternoon, anticipate the return of abruptly heavy snow from the west, giving prolonged whiteout, spreading quickly north/eastwards.

Cloud on the hills?

Temporarily clearing most summits

Extensive fog after dawn, in places, 'hanging' on some lower slopes. Will improve markedly as cloud either clears even highest tops, or persist only on higher Munros. But expect sudden deterioration as fog envelops the hills late in day.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

A few hours of intermittent bright sunshine and excellent or superb visibility ahead of next cloud and precipitation band later afternoon.

How Cold? (at 900m)

Temporarily near 0C at dawn. Dropping to -4C during morning, soonest west of the A9. Where exposed to strongest winds, risk feeling close to -20C high tops.

Freezing Level

Around 1000m at dawn, but lowering in stages through morning, widely to 400m by about midday.

Viewing Forecast For

Southeastern Highlands
Sunday 1st March 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Low confidence as a low centre passes close by: west or southwest 35 to 55mph, risk 70mph for a time.

Effect of the wind on you?

Arduous or difficult walking conditions and severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow, perhaps incessant

Some areas may be snowing all day, with rain only lower glens. Whiteout extensive. However, there is uncertainty in the position of a band of snow and some areas may be substantially dry.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Cloud may shroud the hills all day, from lower slopes up toward the coast. However, with uncertainty in the location of cloud and precipitation, some areas may fare better.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little or no sunshine and areas of very poor or appalling visibility.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-2C

Freezing Level

550m

Viewing Forecast For

Southeastern Highlands
Monday 2nd March 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

How windy? (On the Munros)

Westerly, speeds varied (detail uncertain), short lived lulls, but often 30mph, at times 50mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Expect buffeting and significant wind chill across the hills; conditions may vary through the day.

How Wet?

Snow showers

A few snow showers or flurries spreading from the west, may be locally frequent for a few hours, mostly areas west of the A9. Further east more often dry through the day. Rain lowest slopes.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly higher slopes

Cloud bases varied, sometimes shrouding the mountains for periods above 900-1000m, and below 700m during snow. Some breaks to higher slopes, mostly toward & east from Glenshee.

Chance of cloud free Munros?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun, most common east of the A9. Visibility often very good, but at times very poor if in snow.

How Cold? (at 900m)

-2C

Freezing Level

Around 600m, may rise slightly through day.

Planning Outlook

Remaining cold into the start of March, with westerly winds generally prevailing. Scottish mountains staying sub-zero much of the time, whilst England & Wales will see periods of freeze and thaw, and snow more often confined to higher slopes. Precipitation remaining focused on western mountains. Lower terrain staying very wet underfoot. Wind speeds varied, occasional lulls, but also gales at times. Some indications of higher pressure into the second week of March.