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 27th January 2022
Last updated Wed 26th Jan 22 at 3:23PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Windy. Low cloud and patches of rain will clear southward across Wales. Otherwise, a drop in freezing level will bring snow showers to Scotland (mainly west and north), and bursts of sun. Although a rise in cloud base, most western mountains will remain shrouded in cloud.

Headline for Southern Uplands

Upland wind near gale. Occasional showers Galloway.

How windy? (On the summits)

Northwesterly typically 35mph but risk 40mph higher tops at times. Will tend to ease marginally through daylight.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking widely arduous on higher areas and wind chill significant.

How Wet?

Precipitation unlikely, but a few showers Galloway

Dry most of region, except Galloway, where a few brief showers, giving sleet or snow on higher tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive Galloway; clearing most other tops.

Most summits cloud free by late morning. West of M74, cloud base varying between 500 and 700m, although a little higher afternoon, particularly Dumfriesshire.

Chance of cloud free summits?

By afternoon 30% Galloway to 90% elsewhere

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 750m)

2C

Freezing Level

Just above highest tops

Viewing Forecast For

Southern Uplands
Friday 28th January 2022
Last updated Wed 26th Jan 22 at 3:23PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Gusty westerly winds increasing post dawn to 30 to 40mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking will be difficult where exposed to the wind and gusts, which may throw you off balance.

How Wet?

Increasingly wet from west afternoon

Largely dry morning, before rain, concentrated in Galloway, gradually spreads eastwards.

Cloud on the hills?

Higher summits in cloud

Cloud covering higher summits around Tweeddale and the Cheviot Hills with a cloud base of around 700m. This will lower and spread to Galloway as rain arrives in the afternoon.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Hazy, particularly in Galloway. Little if any sunshine - most likely to come through in morning Borders.

How Cold? (at 750m)

3C

Freezing Level

Above summits

Viewing Forecast For

Southern Uplands
Saturday 29th January 2022
Last updated Wed 26th Jan 22 at 3:23PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Low confidence of timing of frontal system. Upland gales, westerly 40-50mph, at first. Will later ease a little & turn northwesterly.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult and serious walking conditions where exposed to wind. Gusts may throw you off balance.

How Wet?

Persistent rain for a time

Dry start will be followed by persistent rain for a few hours as front passes. Galloway and Tweedsmuir Hills will receive the most rain. The Cheviots may just have the odd shower.

Cloud on the hills?

Higher summits in cloud

Cloud covering higher hills at first will lower as rain intensifies. After front passes the cloud base will rise.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Dull with poor visibility in rain, but later patches of sun and very good visibility.

How Cold? (at 750m)

5C dropping to 2C

Freezing Level

Above summits

Planning Outlook

Westerly winds, sometimes exceeding gale force at least in Scotland will continue until into next month. There will be frequent rainfall on western mountains; copious on the W & NW Highlands, where as temperatures oscillate, there will be both rain and snow - over time, the snow accumulation on the Munros. Further south, only occasionally will freezing levels be low, with most precipitation as rain. There remains uncertainty later Sunday (30th) when a small low may bring significant snow to the Scottish Highlands.