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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
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 Southern Uplands

Patchy sunshine and cloud clearing the summits.

How windy? (On the summits)

Northwest backing westerly, speeds will tend to vary during the day between 15 and 30mph, although in Galloway for a few hours after dawn, 35, possibly 40mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking arduous on higher areas morning, but will gradually become small.

How Wet?

A little rain, mainly Galloway, in morning

Substantially dry, although perhaps isolated drizzly rain morning. The rain may be more extensive Galloway for a few hours from dawn, but here too fizzling out.

Cloud on the hills?

Clearing most or all summits - but extensive after dawn

Fog will shroud many hills at dawn, perhaps forming some lower slopes Galloway. There will be a sustained improvement as cloud base rises, most summits cloud free by or soon after midday - possibly mid afternoon near The Merrick (Galloway).

Chance of cloud free summits?

10% post dawn, 90% by early afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Cloudy in places misty conditions will clear to give areas of sunshine and very good or excellent visibility.

How Cold? (at 750m)

5C; will tend to drop during day.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

Southern Uplands
Friday 23rd October 2020
Last updated Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 2:30 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, from dawn 35-40mph, but easing to 25mph from west later morning. May reach 30mph again later afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking arduous on higher areas at first, but mostly fairly small by about midday.

How Wet?

Rain, mainly morning

One or two pulses of rain, lasting an hour or two before from west late morning/middle of day, improving to just the odd shower.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive morning; cloud base rising

Cloud forming many lower slopes morning, although mostly above the summits near the Lothians. Then improving as cloud base rises to base 650m to 850m.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sunshine, mainly afternoon. Visibility intermittently poor morning, but then mostly very good.

How Cold? (at 750m)

Typically 3C; will tend to drop slowly through day.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

Southern Uplands
Saturday 24th October 2020
Last updated Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 2:30 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southerly typically 65mph, easing to 40mph afternoon, perhaps following 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 - least rain near the Lothians and the Cheviots, where only occasionally heavy. After a break in the rain into the afternoon, showers by dusk, mainly more western hills

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, cloud base rising afternoon

Blanket fog most most of day above 200-400m, but nearer 450 to 700m on hills near the Lothians and Cheviot hills. Will improve as cloud base rises by 200m or so later in day.

Chance of cloud free summits?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

A little sunshine afternoon. Visibility very poor in heavy rain, but good at times later in day.

How Cold? (at 750m)

6C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

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.