Mountain weather

South Grampian and Southeast Highlands

South Grampian and Southeast Highlands Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for Saturday. Moderate for details of cloud and rain amounts from Sunday.

Sunrise:
Sunset:

This evening forecast

Dry with sunny then clear spells. Fresh northerly winds across the tops. Freezing level 700-800m, falling to 400m across the Aberdeenshire hills towards midnight.

Sunrise:
Sunset:
Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

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

hazard Severe Chill Effect
Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect. Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature. This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow. Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia.

Mountain weather forecast

A cold, dry and increasingly cloudy day. Rain late evening.

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Weather
(at 800m)
Partly cloudy (night) Partly cloudy (night) Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Overcast Overcast Light rain
Chance of precipitation
(at 800m)
00% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00% 10% 60%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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1100m NW
22
NW
19
NW
16
NW
12
N
10
NW
9
N
9
W
9
900m NW
16
NW
13
NW
9
NW
10
N
9
NW
8
N
7
W
6
600m NW
8
NW
6
W
4
N
6
N
6
NW
5
N
4
SW
2
300m NW
3
NW
3
NW
2
NW
4
NW
5
NW
4
NE
3
SE
2
Glen W
3
W
3
W
2
NW
4
N
5
N
4
E
4
E
2
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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1100m 26 23 19 16 15 13 12 11
900m 20 17 12 14 14 11 10 8
600m 13 12 7 10 11 9 7 5
300m 9 10 8 9 11 9 7 4
Glen 8 9 7 10 11 9 7 4

Altitude above mean sea level
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1100m
-5°
-5°
-4°
-2°
-1°
900m
-3°
-3°
-2°
600m
300m
Glen
Freezing Level
400m
400m
400m
600m
800m
1,000m
1,200m
1,300m

Altitude above mean sea level
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1100m
-13°
-12°
-11°
-8°
-6°
-4°
-3°
-3°
900m
-10°
-8°
-7°
-5°
-2°
-1°
-1°
600m
-4°
-4°
-2°
300m
Glen

Additional weather information

Met Office Aberdeen meteorologist's view

Even a moderate breeze will result in a notable wind chill.

Weather

Dry with patchy high cloud through the early hours and the morning. Cloud thickening through the afternoon. Some patchy light rain spreads south and east late evening.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

90%.

Low cloud and visibility

Very good or excellent visibility. A little patchy cloud possible on the higher summits early morning, but this soon clearing. Cloud lowering to around 1100m late evening.

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Mountain weather information

Weather

Low cloud and rain in the early hours. Persistent rain clears east soon after dawn, but extensive low cloud with give a risk of patchy light drizzle through the rest of the day and through the evening.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

10% or less in the morning, 30% in the afternoon.

Maximum wind speed expected

Mainly northwest, 5-10 mph.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 3 Celsius, rising to 8 Celsius.
  • Glen Plus 5 Celsius rising to 10 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Low cloud and visibility

Very poor visibility with extensive cloud above 400-600m. Cloud bases may occasionally lift towards 900m late afternoon.

Mountain weather information

Mon 22 Apr

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Low cloud and patchy drizzle across the Aberdeenshire hills. Drier and brighter further south. More extensive low cloud and light rain for a couple of hours in the afternoon, then Clearing skies in the evening. Moderate northwest winds. Freezing level above the summits, falling to 800m in the evening.

Tue 23 Apr

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Dry with sunny spells. Moderate northerly winds. Freezing level 700-800m early morning and in the evening, rising to 1000-1200m during the day.

Wed 24 Apr

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Bright with some sunny spells, a few showers possible. Light to moderate northerly winds. Freezing level 600-800m.

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Summit specific forecast

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