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Sunday, 9 March 2014: dawn to dusk
Printable view Forecast issued: 0359 on Sunday, 9 March 2014
Cloudy with rain at times, this more persistent during the evening in the west and north of the park. Gales will ease around midday.
|Heavy snow||No Risk|
|Storm force winds||No Risk|
|Gales||Medium||Expected gusts will stay over 50mph until early afternoon.|
|Severe chill effect||Low||Gale force winds will lead to a considerable chill.|
|Persistent and extensive hill fog||High||Extensive hill fog will affect the park most of the day and especially in the evening.|
|Heavy persistent rain||No Risk|
|Strong Sunlight||No Risk|
|Dawn to 0900||0900 to 1200||1200 to 1500||1500 to dusk|
Mainly cloudy with occasional patchy rain. More rain will spread from the west from the evening onwards affecting mainly western and northern parts of the park. Gale force winds during the morning, these easing during the early afternoon.
Generally good or very good. Moderate in rain and poor in hill fog.
Extensive covering of hill fog down to around 500m throughout the day, temporarily lifting and breaking up in the early evening. Becoming widespread again towards midnight down to 300m, with occasional patches down to 200m on west-facing slopes.
Southwesterly 40mph with gusts of 60mph easing to 20-25mph with gusts of 35-40mph during the afternoon.
|Valleys||Plus 7 Celsius rising to Plus 11 Celsius falling to Plus 5 Celsius.|
|900 m||Around plus 5 Celsius.|
|Freezing level||Above the summits throughout the day.|
Any rain soon clearing to the east overnight with high pressure being established. This will bring dry and clear weather, pleasant conditions during the day with temperatures dropping overnight bringing a risk of mist or fog forming.
Moderate in rain and poor in hill fog. Becoming very good during the day.
Overcast down to 400m overnight, clearing completely during the day.
Westerly 20mph gusting 35mph, soon becoming northwesterly 10-15mph gusting 25mph. Light and variable in the evening.
|Valleys||Plus 4 Celsius rising to Plus 10 Celsius falling to Plus 4 Celsius.|
|900 m||Plus 4 Celsius, soon dropping to plus 1 Celsius.|
|Freezing level||Above the summits, soon dropping to around 900m.|
High pressure continues with similar condition to Monday and daytime temperatures remaining mild. Light to moderate southerly winds. Freezing level around 700m.
Settled situation with conditions having little change from the previous two days. Light southerly winds. Freezing level around 700m, rising above the summits in the evening.
Another sunny day with light wind. The risk of mist or fog overnight remains. Freezing level above the summits, dropping to 900m later.
Latest: 08/03/2014 15:33 FELL TOP CONDITIONS REPORT for Helvellyn summit at 13:00 on Saturday 8 March 2014. The Lake District fells are largely free of snow and ice, but large areas of snow do remain in sheltered areas above 800m and anyone going onto the high fells should be prepared to encounter snow and sub-zero windchill temperatures. The eastern side of the Helvellyn range retains the largest coverage of snow, with up to 90cm in drifts and hollows above 800m. The steep final exit ramps from Striding Edge and especially Swirral Edge are covered with a considerable amount of unavoidable deep snow. Exposed routes such as these should only be tackled by those experienced and equipped for winter mountaineering conditions. There are deep cracks in the cornices above east facing slopes, some of these 6m back from the edge, so do keep well back from the edge in these locations. Excellent low-visibility navigation skills are needed to avoid walking too close to the edge in these areas, as following footprints alone could take you far too close to unstable snow. Full winter clothing and footwear are essential for anyone venturing onto the high fells. Temperature: plus 2.8 deg C. Maximum wind speed 39.9mph. Wind chill: minus 5.5deg C. Average wind speed: SW 29.7mph.
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