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Lake District mountain area forecast

Forecast issued: 0216 on Friday, 18 April 2014

Overview for Friday

Dry with clear or sunny spells, but feeling colder when exposed to the northerly breeze.


High risk of Strong sunlight: Prolonged exposure to moderate or high levels of UV mean sun protection will be required.

No risk of Blizzards; Heavy snow; Storm force winds; Gales; Severe chill effect; Persistent extensive hill fog; Thunderstorms; Heavy persistent rain;

Weather summary and probability of precipitation for Friday

Dawn to 0900 Sunny Sunny 0% chance of precipitation
0900 to 1200 Sunny Sunny 0% chance of precipitation
1200 to 1500 Sunny Sunny 0% chance of precipitation
1500 to dusk Sunny Sunny 0% chance of precipitation

Detailed mountain weather forecast



A dry and bright day with long sunny spells. Warm in sheltered areas but it may well feel rather cold in the northerly breeze, this could be deceptive as the sun will be strong, so adequate skin protection and hydration is advisable, especially on south facing fells during early afternoon time.


Very good throughout.

Hill fog

No hill fog expected.

Maximum winds above 500m

Light wind mainly from northerly direction.


Valleys: Plus 3 Celsius, rising to plus 15 Celsius, but falling back to plus 5 Celsius in the evening.
900 m: Plus 1 Celsius early in the morning will rise to plus 5 Celsius by the end of the day.
Freezing level: Around 700m at first, rising above the summits in the afternoon.

Ground Conditions

Latest: 17/04/2014 14:48 Helvellyn summit at 15:43 Thursday 17 April Conditions haven't changed much recently. The majority of the fells are now snow-free, although some isolated patches of snow still remain above 800m. These patches are avoidable, in sheltered hollows and on north through to east facing aspects. Helvellyn, with its large east face, retains the greatest coverage of snow. Striding Edge is now free of snow but Swirral Edge has a short stepped section of snow which is avoidable. The milder temperatures have weakened the cornices and snow slopes that exist above some east facing slopes so it's best to keep away from the snow along such edges. Despite spring like weather in the valleys, summit temperatures were noticeably well below zero with the windchill and conditions can change quickly therefore walkers should be adequately equipped with warm clothing and waterproofs. Sun cream maybe useful currently due to high winds and sunshine.



Dry and clear with good long sunny spells. Increasing cloud is possible in the north and east of the park later in the day but there is a continuing risk of strong sunlight.


Generally very good, but perhaps falling to good at times later in the day.

Hill fog

No hill fog is expected.

Maximum winds above 500m

Light northerly wind will strengthen through the day, becoming moderate easterly later.


Valleys: Plus 3 Celsius, rising to plus 15 Celsius. Falling to plus 9 Celsius overnight.
900 m: Around plus 3 Celsius.
Freezing level: Generally above the summits, but falling to reach the very tops in the afternoon.



Another largely dry day, but it will be rather cloudier and a touch colder than previous days, especially across the east in the evening where there is a risk for some light rain towards midnight. Moderate easterly winds strengthen and become northeasterly, approaching gale force on exposed summits later. Freezing level around 800m through the morning but rising above the summits later in the day.


Cloudy with early rain, but becoming mostly dry again, although some light rain is possible across the east at times as the weather becomes more unsettled. Strong northeasterly winds easing slightly and becoming easterly later on in the day. Freezing level well above the summits.


Cloudy at times, with occasional rain across the park and moderate to strong southeasterly winds. Freezing level above the summits.

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