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Southern Uplands Forecast

Southern Uplands

The Galloway hills eastward to the Lammermuir hills. The Cheviots (including higher hills within the adjacent Northumberland NP).

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Viewing Forecast For

Southern Uplands
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 Southern Uplands

Dry until threat heavy snow afternoon. Gales developing.

How windy? (On the summits)

Direction varied between west and southerly; in range 25 to 40mph, brief lulls morning, then by afternoon quickly strengthening to 50-60mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Sometimes fairly small, but beware of changing conditions giving arduous or later difficult walking conditions and significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow/whiteout increasingly.

Overnight snow & rain will clear east around dawn, leaving a few snow showers. In afternoon, abruptly deteriorating from west to sometimes heavy snow giving whiteout. Very wet underfoot lower slopes following previous heavy rain; streams in spate or flood.

Cloud on the hills?

Suddenly forming late in day

Patches after dawn will clear, with summits cloud free for several hours. However, anticipate abrupt deterioration from west into the afternoon as in precipitation fog quickly shrouds the hills.

Chance of cloud free summits?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

A few hours of intermittent bright sunshine and excellent visibility, ahead of cloud and appalling visibility in snow during afternoon.

How Cold? (at 750m)

0C or just above at dawn in Cheviots, soon dropping from west to -2 or -3C. Where exposed to strongest winds, feeling close to -15C.

Freezing Level

Pre dawn above the summits; soon 500m and temporarily into afternoon 350m.

Viewing Forecast For

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

How windy? (On the summits)

West or southwesterly 40 to 60mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult conditions as walking or general mobility is difficult and wind chill severe.

How Wet?

Snow, perhaps incessant

Snow showers, sometimes frequent and heavy; also hail and risk thunder. Additionally risk that the snow may be incessant for several hours, possibly much of the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Cloud may shroud the hills all day. However, with uncertainty in the location of cloud and precipitation, some areas may fare better, but higher slopes will probably remain cloud covered.

Chance of cloud free summits?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

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

How Cold? (at 750m)

-2C

Freezing Level

550m

Viewing Forecast For

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

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly, speeds varied (detail uncertain), short lived lulls, but often 30mph, risk at times 45mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

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

How Wet?

Showers, snow on hills

A few showers spreading from west, snow or hail flurries on the hills, mostly rain lower slopes. May become frequent for a few hours in Dumfries & Galloway.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly during snow/rain

Cloud bases varied depending on extent of precipitation. Sometimes shrouding the hills for periods above 500-700m, lowest west of M74. Breaks to higher slopes away from showers.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun, most common Borders & Cheviots. Visibility often very good, but at times very poor if in snow.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-1C

Freezing Level

500-600m, perhaps lower from dawn; may rise slightly further in afternoon.

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.