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Friday, 7 March 2014: dawn to dusk
Printable view Forecast issued: 0220 on Friday, 7 March 2014
A cloudy and windy start with rain and wintry precipitation over the hills. Cloud breaking and winds easing but even some early evening sunshine won't prevent temperatures from dropping later.
|Heavy snow||No Risk|
|Storm force winds||Medium||Risk of loosing one's footing. Danger increased on exposed ridges and summits|
|Gales||High||Winds will consistently reach gale force on the peaks from the start of the day until around dusk.|
|Severe chill effect||High||Strong winds will combine with a severe chill effect and precipitation.|
|Persistent and extensive hill fog||High||Extensive hill fog above 500m will affect the peaks of the park through the morning.|
|Heavy persistent rain||High||Rain continuing from overnight will affect the area through the morning, see weather warning.|
|Strong Sunlight||No Risk|
|Dawn to 0900||0900 to 1200||1200 to 1500||1500 to dusk|
Cloudy with strong winds and rain. This persistent, and heavy at times, but gradually clearing through the morning. Rain will fall as sleet on higher ground above 400m. A met office rain warning is currently in place as large totals in the area are likely. Remaining mostly dry thereafter with bright or sunny spells and a limited chance of a shower. Gale force winds at first easing through the day later.
Generally good or very good but moderate to poor in rain and sleet. Very poor in hill fog.
Extensive hill fog above 500m will affect the peaks of the park through the morning, isolated patches above 200m at times. Lifting and then clearing by the end of the morning.
Southwesterly or westerly around 45-50mph gusting around 70mph at until early afternoon. Easing through the evening and night to 15mph with gusts up to 25mph by days end.
|Valleys||Plus 10 Celsius falling to Plus 2 Celsius.|
|900 m||Plus 6 Celsius falling to Minus 1 Celsius.|
|Freezing level||Above the summits at first but falling steadily to around the summits by the late morning and as low as 200m by day's end.|
Increasingly cloudy with patchy rain spreading from the west along with stronger winds during the morning. Dry during the afternoon and remaining mostly dry for the rest of Saturday.
Generally good or very good but moderate to poor in rain during the morning.
Extensive hill fog above 500m during late morning and early afternoon but otherwise generally clear.
Southerly winds 15mph at first but increasing to 30-40mph with gusts up to 70mph.
|Valleys||Plus 3 Celsius rising to Plus 12 Celsius before falling again to Plus 7 Celsius .|
|900 m||Minus 1 Celsius rising to Plus 5 Celsius before falling again to Plus 3 Celsius.|
|Freezing level||Freezing level quickly lifting above the summits and remaining so for the rest of the day.|
Cloudy with further patchy rain possibly reaching the park in the afternoon. Clear spells overnight. Freezing level above the summits at first but falling to around 800m in the afternoon. Moderate to strong southwesterly breeze.
Drier and brighter with some sunny and clear spells. Turning colder than previous days. Freezing level just below the highest peaks throughout. Fresh to moderate breeze.
Light winds and some extensive sunny periods. Pleasant in sunshine but cold temperatures overnight. Freezing level just below the highest peaks throughout.
Latest: 06/03/2014 14:48 FELL TOP CONDITIONS REPORT for Helvellyn summit at 1330 on Thursday 6 March 2014. Although Spring is in the valleys, the high fells still retain a considerable amount of snow in places, although there has been a thaw in the last 48 hours especially below 750m. 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 north and east 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. 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: plus 4.7 deg C. Maximum wind speed 20.8mph. Wind chill: plus 2.8 deg C. Average wind speed: SW 11.5mph.
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