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
Tuesday 26th October 2021
Last updated Mon 25th Oct 21 at 4:05PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread gales across the hills, severe on higher terrain, increasingly stormy. A period of rain associated with a warm front, leaving a legacy of drizzly rain and low cloud for many hills. In western Scotland, staying generally wet and heavier rain returns later.

Headline for Southern Uplands

Upland gales, becoming severe. Rain and drizzle.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, marked increase of speed with height to 35 to 45mph, at times over 50mph higher tops. Reaching 60-70mph into the evening.

Effect of the wind on you?

Arduous conditions on the hills, walking difficult on higher tops; powerful gusts in places near/east of major summits. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain or drizzle most persistent west

Rain and drizzle fairly persistent for a few hours near and west of the M74 in the morning, patchier further east. Tending to fade out, but staying generally damp with drizzle across Dumfries & Galloway. Less rain toward the Borders.

Cloud on the hills?

Most persistent western hills

Likely to cover hills near and west of the M74 most of the day above 400 to 600m, perhaps lower near Solway Firth. Higher Cheviots may be also often covered. Toward the Pentlands, cloud more broken above the hills.

Chance of cloud free summits?

20%, up to 60% Lothians.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, but occasional sun Borders and Lothians, where visibility good. Hazier in west, risk murky at times near Solway coast.

How Cold? (at 750m)

5C rising to 9C, then little change onward into night. Where directly in the wind on tops, chill factor feels like -3C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

Southern Uplands
Wednesday 27th October 2021
Last updated Mon 25th Oct 21 at 4:05PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, 45 to 60mph from dawn, strongest for longest on Chveiots; tending to drop middle of day to 30-35mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult conditions during the morning, powerful gusts downslope to the east of major summits. Marked wind chill.

How Wet?

Heavy rain, eases for a time

Heavy or torrential rain from dawn fades for a time, but further pulses of rain may return from southwest. Western areas very wet underfoot, streams rising to be in spate. Lower rainfall totals toward Borders.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, may improve

Blanket cloud across the hills, to lower slopes in the west in the morning. If rain clears, cloud bases will tend to rise, but leaving ragged patches across the hills.

Chance of cloud free summits?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Overcast, very poor visibility in rain. May improve through day, some brighter skies developing, limited sun.

How Cold? (at 750m)

9C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

Southern Uplands
Thursday 28th October 2021
Last updated Mon 25th Oct 21 at 4:05PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southerly 25mph for a time, but likely to ease to 15mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Becoming small.

How Wet?

Rain on and off, sometimes heavy

Rain may well expand northwards across the region for a few hours, heavy for a time. Likely to break up from the west, although further pulses of rain may follow, some showery bursts.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive in rain, breaks best north

Blanket low cloud during rain, although bases rising and breaks forming, best toward the north. Ragged patches may linger on tops, lowering again if rain returns.

Chance of cloud free summits?

10% rising to 30%, 60% Lothians.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Overcast and poor visibility in rain. Some sun may break through, but extensive high cloud likely to persist. Visibility becoming good away from rain.

How Cold? (at 750m)

6C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

Very wet across many mountains this week. Worst conditions focused on the Lakes and Wales by Wednesday-Thursday, where a slow-moving front brings prolonged heavy rainfall and a likelihood of flooding. Staying unsettled through into the weekend, often windy, periods of gale or severe gales continuing on the mountains. Above freezing through midweek, then becoming cooler. By the weekend into next week, colder conditions are expected to prevail, with higher Munros sub-zero for a run of days into the start of November. A marked lowering of freezing level is likely for a few days next week with showers of snow and hail on the hills at times.