Detailed mountain weather forecast - Lake District
Updated: 0348 on Thu 19 Dec 2013
Latest: 18/12/2013 13:38
FELL TOP CONDITIONS REPORT for Helvellyn summit on Wednesday 18 December at 1130 UTC. There has been a light dusting of snow on the fells above 800m, mainly on east-facing aspects. The depth increases with altitude to several centimetres where it has accumulated in hollows above 900m. Although this snow was slowly thawing today, conditions are very slippery underfoot, especially where the snow is combined with verglas on rocks. The upper sections of Swirral Edge and Striding Edge are particularly hazardous at present and an ice axe is strongly recommended for traversing any steep or technical ground above the snowline. Continuing strong winds mean the windchill is usually well below zero on higher ground. Full winter clothing and footwear is strongly recommended for anyone venturing onto the high fells. Temperature plus 1.7 deg C, Maximum wind speed 44.3mph, Wind chill minus 6.0 deg C, Average wind speed 32.7mph.