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Saturday, 8 March 2014: dawn to dusk
Printable view Forecast issued: 0531 on Saturday, 8 March 2014
Strong winds will belie the milder temperatures but after a partly wet morning there will be dry spells for most and some sunshine in the late afternoon.
|Heavy snow||No Risk|
|Storm force winds||High||Gusts of 70mph or more are expected on the peaks for most of the day|
|Gales||High||Expected gusts will stay over 50mph throughout|
|Severe chill effect||Medium||Storm force winds will lead to a considerable chill|
|Persistent and extensive hill fog||High||Extensive hill fog will affect the park during the morning and afternoon.|
|Heavy persistent rain||No Risk|
|Strong Sunlight||No Risk|
|Dawn to 0900||0900 to 1200||1200 to 1500||1500 to dusk|
Windy and cloudy throughout the park in the morning. Gale or storm force winds will effect the peaks for most part of the day. Dry in the south of the park but some patchy rain and drizzle will affect the north of the park at times. Sunny spells are possible during the afternoon but mostly cloudy for the rest of the day.
Generally good or very good. Moderate to poor in rain or drizzle. Poor in hill fog.
Nil at first but forming across the park above 500m in the morning before lifting and dispersing through the afternoon. Turning occasional again in the northwest down at 500m by the end of the day.
Southerly 45-50mph with gusts of 70mph picking up later in the afternoon to means 60mph with gusts 75-80mph, before easing slightly by the end of the day.
|Valleys||Plus 5 Celsius rising to Plus 13 Celsius falling to Plus 8 Celsius.|
|900 m||Plus 3 Celsius rising to Plus 7 Celsius.|
|Freezing level||Above the summits.|
Strong winds during the morning and cloudy with occasional patchy rain. Rain spreading from the west from the evening onwards and perhaps wintry over highest peaks during the last part of Sunday.
Generally good or very good. Moderate in rain and poor in sleet and hill fog.
Hill fog forming above 500m overnight and affecting the park for most of Sunday.
Southwesterly 40mph with gusts of 60mph easing to 15mph with gusts of 30mph during the afternoon.
|Valleys||Plus 7 Celsius rising to Plus 11 Celsius falling to Plus 3 Celsius.|
|900 m||Plus 3 Celsius rising to Plus 6 Celsius falling to Minus 1 Celsius.|
|Freezing level||Above the summits to start and remaining so for most of the day. Falling to 700m during the late evening.|
High pressure brings dry and clear weather, pleasant conditions during the day with temperatures dropping overnight and a risk of mist or fog forming. Similar temperatures to preceding days. Moderate to light north to northeasterly winds. Freezing level around the summits throughout the day.
High pressure continues with weather similar to Monday and daytime temperatures remaining mild. Light to moderate southerly winds. Freezing level just above the summits.
Settled situation with conditions having little change fro the previous two days. Light southerly winds. Freezing level well above the summits.
Latest: 07/03/2014 16:52 FELL TOP CONDITIONS REPORT for Catstye Cam (890m) at 13:00 on Friday 7 March 2014. Although Spring is in the valleys, the high fells still retain a considerable amount of snow on sheltered east through to north facing aspects. There is no snow below 600m and isolated patches below 700m. Above 700m, the depth of snow increases with height although actual depth varies enormously from nothing at all on windswept aspects (often west and south facing slopes) to 90cm in drifts and hollows on east and north facing slopes above 800m. The steep final exit ramps from Striding Edge and especially Swirral Edge are covered with a considerable amount of unavoidable deep snow and ice. 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. There is already evidence of avalanche debris from slides off both the main face and Brown Cove. Full winter clothing, footwear and equipment are essential for anyone venturing onto the fells. For those going above the snowline and onto steep ground an ice axe and crampons are also essential. Temperature: minus 1.0 deg C. Maximum wind speed 53.5mph. Wind chill: minus 11.9deg C. Average wind speed: W 38.9mph.
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