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
Monday 4th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Fine with sunshine for north and western Scotland, some banks of cloud toward the central & southeast Highlands. Southeasterly winds will strengthen, upland gales developing, becoming severe for Welsh mountains. Rain moves into Wales from the southwest.

Headline for Southern Uplands

Dry until night. Sun and cloud. Increasingly windy.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southeasterly - speeds gradually increasing during day 20 to 30mph, later reaching 40-50mph over higher tops in Galloway.

Effect of the wind on you?

Increasingly blustery, buffeting gusts by evening developing especially in west.

How Wet?

Dry most or all day, rain later Galloway

Risk of patchy rain moving in from the south later in day, snow only high tops; more persistent in Galloway by evening.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied patches

Some banks of low cloud locally, mainly Galloway hills toward Solway, perhaps eastern Cheviots. Central and northern areas more often clear.

Chance of cloud free summits?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine and broken cloud, high cloud tending to build from south. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 750m)

0C rising to 1 or 2C afternoon. As wind speeds increase, chill factor feeling like -8 later -12C on high tops.

Freezing Level

Frost in valleys from dawn. Lifting toward 800m, or just above the summits in the afternoon.

Viewing Forecast For

Southern Uplands
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southeasterly, 40mph at first, likely easing to 20-25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Soon improving to become fairly small, but expect marked chill on higher slopes.

How Wet?

Drizzly rain

Light rain and drizzle, may be more persistent for a time in Dumfries & Galloway. Sleet confined to higher slopes, turning generally damp to tops. Fizzling out gradually.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive

Covering many hills in the morning, varied cloud bases, highest toward the north. Bases may rise with time, but banks likely to persist on tops in Galloway.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly overcast, a little sun through high cloud. Visibility poor, may gradually improve.

How Cold? (at 750m)

0C rising to 2C. Wind chill -5C, nearer -10C at first.

Freezing Level

700m from dawn, rising just above freezing to all tops.

Viewing Forecast For

Southern Uplands
Wednesday 6th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southeasterly, 20mph, up to gusty 30mph around higher summits, mainly in west.

Effect of the wind on you?

Varied, some slopes fairly small, but blustery around exposed higher terrain.

How Wet?

Patchy drizzle

Areas of drizzle on and off, risk locally often damp for several hours, but total amounts small.

Cloud on the hills?

Most persistent east

Banks of cloud covering many hills, varied bases, generally lowest toward Cheviots, also perhaps southern hills in Galloway. Higher breaks toward and north of Beattock summit.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, hazy or misty in east. Some brighter skies in west, visibility good below cloud.

How Cold? (at 750m)

1 or 2C. If exposed to wind, chill factor feeling like -5 to -8C.

Freezing Level

Just above freezing point on high tops. Patchy frost in valleys at first.

Planning Outlook

High pressure over Scandinavia expands to the north of Scotland during the week ahead, whilst areas of low pressure circulate southwest of the British Isles. East or southeasterly winds are likely to prevail over the next couple of weeks, chillier air drawn in at times. Easterly upland gales possible late this week into the weekend. Recent fresh snow coverage will remain across many mountains this week - staying near or below freezing point over higher terrain. Milder air reaching Wales into midweek. Further snow flurries mostly for the eastern Highlands. Western Scotland likely to see an extended period with little precipitation. Possibly widely drier into mid-March under higher pressure.