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Lake District

Weather hazards over 300m on Mon 30 Mar 2015

High risk

Gales
Gusts over 50mph expected for most of the day.
Persistent extensive hill fog
Persistent hill fog down to 500m expected until the late afternoon.

Medium risk

Storm force winds
Consistent gusts up to 80mph expected during the evening.
Severe chill effect
Strong winds and persistent rain will lead to a increased chill effect.
Heavy persistent rain
Rain will become more persistent for a time during the afternoon.

Low risk

No low risks
none

No risk

Blizzards
none
Heavy snow
none
Thunderstorms
none
Strong sunlight
none

Mon 30 Mar 2015

Generally dry with the occasional shower to start. During the afternoon a band of rain moves across from the southwest, this possibly falling as sleet over the highest peaks at first. This rain will persist at times and will continue overnight, though becoming patchy.

Time
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Weather
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Precipitation probability
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Visibility

Generally good but poor in any snow showers. Becoming moderate in the afternoon as rain moves in.

Hill Fog

Occasional patches down to 500m, lifting for a time during the morning. Becoming persistent down to 500m, with patches down to 200m as the band of rain passes. Lifting again to leave occasional patches down to 500m by the evening.

Max wind above 500m

Westerly 45-50mph gusting 75-80mph by the evening.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 2 Celsius rising to plus 10 Celsius during the day, before dropping down to plus 4 Celsius.
800m:
Minus 4 Celsius rising to plus 2 Celsius by the evening.
Freezing level:
Around 300m, rising above the summits during the evening as the band of rain passes.

Ground conditions

Latest: 29/03/2015 14:26 FELL TOP CONDITIONS REPORT Date: Sunday 29 March 2015 Helvellyn summit at 1235 Below 750m, there is little snow on the fells and the isolated patches that remain lie in sheltered hollows and are avoidable. Above 750m, fresh, wet snow was falling and settling adding to existing accumulations, although it was already thawing below 800m. The fresh snow is being deposited on predominantly westerly winds as such coverage varies with an average of only 1cm at 900m and drifts of 5cm on east facing slopes. The greatest accumulations of old snow are also found on east and north facing aspects with drifts that are still deep enough in places to swallow the shaft of an ice axe. The fresh snow has not bonded with this older, harder snow, so care needs to be taken on such slopes. Exposed routes above 750m, such as Striding and Swirral Edges, require care. Striding Edge today was a mixture of wet rock and soft snow whereas Swirral Edge still holds a large amount of old snow, especially above 900m, now with an additional covering off fresh snow. The exits to both edges, however, are guarded by banks of steep, deep, unavoidable, old snow and some ice. Although only short sections, they are not places to slip so crampons and ice axe are required to safely negotiate these areas especially in descent and when there is a frost at altitude which is forecast tonight. Cracks have appeared in the cornices that still exist above east and north facing slopes. Although the cornices are quite small, the drops from them are not so please keep well back from such edges. Despite spring flowers everywhere in the valleys, winter conditions still exist above 800m that walkers visiting the higher peaks must both expect and be prepared for especially when there is a frost at altitude; therefore full winter clothing and footwear remain essential for anyone venturing out onto the high fells. The fells were incredibly quiet today, so come properly equipped and enjoy them! Temperature: minus 0.3 deg C. Maximum wind speed 27mph. Wind chill: minus 9.1 deg C. Average wind speed: 20.4mph.

Issued at: 0358 on Mon 30 Mar 2015

Tue 31 Mar 2015

Patchy rain at first, clearing during the early hours. The odd shower likely throughout the day, these will fall as rain at lower levels and snow over the higher peaks at first. However, snow will also fall to lower levels by the evening. Breaks between showers will give some sunny spells, though these making little impact on the wind chill.

Visibility

Moderate in rain at first becoming good as this clears but falling to moderate in any rain showers and poor in snow showers.

Hill Fog

Occasional patches down to 500m in early rain showers, lowering to occasional patches down to 200m in snow showers during the evening.

Max wind above 500m

Westerly 45-50mph with gusts up to 75mph

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 4 Celsius, rising to plus 8 Celsius during the day, and falling to plus 2 Celsius again by the evening.
800m:
Plus 1 Celsius falling to minus 3 Celsius.
Freezing level:
Above the summits, then falling to 300m during the day.

Issued at: 0358 on Mon 30 Mar 2015

Wed 01 Apr 2015

Showers mainly in the northwest, with some sunnier spells in the southeast. Showers will be wintry to mid levels, but will die out through the afternoon. Further northwesterly gales expected through the morning but easing during the afternoon. Freezing level around 400m.

Issued at: 0358 on Mon 30 Mar 2015

Thu 02 Apr 2015

Cloudy with patchy rain during the afternoon, which may be sleety over the highest summits. Light to moderate westerly winds becoming light and variable by the evening. Freezing level around 500m rising to just above the summits by the end of the period.

Issued at: 0358 on Mon 30 Mar 2015

Fri 03 Apr 2015

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain throughout the day. Light and variable winds becoming moderate northwesterly. Freezing level above the summits.

Issued at: 0358 on Mon 30 Mar 2015