Mountain weather

South Grampian and Southeast Highlands

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South Grampian and Southeast Highlands Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High confidence for a mainly dry few days and for cooler conditions to develop next week. Also high confidence for a change to more unsettled conditions later Wednesday, but then less confidence for timings and coverage of heavier rain.

This evening forecast

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Rather cloudy with thickest of the cloud over the Cairngorms and Aberdeenshire hills, where there will be some low cloud and patchy rain.

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Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

Hazards apply at or above 300m, reflecting the more severe conditions which can occur at altitude.

hazard Strong sunlight
Harmful UV levels from sunlight increase with altitude giving a greater risk of sunburn and eye damage, even on some overcast days. On breezy days, the cooling effect of wind on exposed skin may disguise any feeling of sunburn until it is too late. If there is snow cover, glare increases the effect of UV rays especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block, protective clothing such as a long-sleeved top and hat and have good quality eye protection.

Mountain weather forecast

Mostly dry and bright with warm sunny spells developing.

Wind direction and speed (mph)
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Additional weather information

Weather

Some low cloud and a little rain in the early hours, but mainly over northern parts and clearing away towards dawn. Then dry and bright with cloud breaking in the morning to bring spells of warm sunshine through the afternoon. Dry with clear spells in the evening

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

40 to 70% overnight with broken cloud down to 800m, but lower cloud across northern ranges, though largely clearing by dawn. Becoming 80% or better in the morning, with only patchy cloud at summit level.

Visibility

Perhaps poor in places overnight, then mostly good, but rather hazy with distant hill indistinct, though air clarity improving in the afternoon.

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Warm at all levels, very warm in the Glens and over lower slopes with light winds at lower altitudes, but winds strengthening over the higher slopes

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Dry and sunny and still warm in the Glens, but cooler at altitude, with stronger winds. Cloudier in the evening, most cloud above the summits, but cloud forming on eastern upslopes over the Grampians and Angus Hills

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

90% with only patchy cloud and mostly above summits. Chance decreasing to around 70% later with occasionally broken cloud down to 600m, but low cloud developing onto some eastern upslopes.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southerly gradually southeasterly 30 gust 40mph, but winds increasing over higher slopes later, possibly 45 gust 60mph over the Cairngorms

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 7 rising to plus 10 Celsius.
  • Glen Plus 8 rising to plus 17 Celsius, but possibly 20 Celsius in west
  • Freezing level Mostly above the summits, but falling close to summit level later in the day

Visibility

Generally very good, though hazier late in the day, with fog in cloud on eastern upslopes later.

Mountain weather information

Tuesday 23 April

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Sunset:

Dry and bright, but a rather cloudy start, though cloud will break up leaving some hazy sunshine. Cloudier later in the day with low cloud returning onto eastern upslopes. Still quite warm in Glens in west, but much cooler in the east with strong southeast winds, but gale force across the Cairngorm Plateau. Freezing level falling to 1200m

Wednesday 24 April

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Dry and bright start but rather cloudy and cloud will thicken through the day to bring heavy outbreaks of rain in the evening, with possibly thunder too. Southeast winds increasing with gales perhaps severe gales over the higher summits. Freezing level steadily rising.

Thursday 25 April

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Heavy rain clearing overnight with winds turning more southerly and easing strong. Then some bright or sunny spells but scattered heavy and possibly thundery showers developing and these could be wintry on the higher slopes with freezing levels falling down to summit level.

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Summit specific forecast map

Summit specific forecasts for South Grampian and Southeast Highlands

The Ochil Hills are a long range of steeply sided, round topped hills, stretching 25 miles from the Firth of Tay to Stirling. There are many peaks over 600 metres offering splendid views across central Scotland and to the north, with Ben Cleuch the highest at 721 metres.

Loch Tay is a freshwater loch in the central highlands and is around 15 miles long. At around 150 metres deep it is one of the deepest in Scotland. At 1,214 metres Ben Lawers is the highest point along the ridge on the north shore that includes seven Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft).

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