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Lake District

Weather hazards over 300m on Mon 08 Feb 2016

High risk

Gales
Gusts exceeding 50mph expected all day.

Medium risk

Severe chill effect
Strong winds combined with the wet conditions will lead to a severe chill risk.

Low risk

Persistent extensive hill fog
Hill fog around 500m at times.
Thunderstorms
A low risk of a few thundery showers.
Heavy persistent rain
Rain may be persistent at first mainly across the western and southern ranges.

No risk

Blizzards
none
Heavy snow
none
Storm force winds
none
Strong sunlight
none

Mon 08 Feb 2016

Cloudy at first with outbreaks of rain, this heavy across the western and southern peaks. This will clear to scattered showers during the morning, with some sleet or wet snow above around 700m, whilst the odd shower may be heavy and thundery. Occasional breaks in the cloud may give some sunny spells. More persistent rain later in the evening.

Time
0600 to 0900 0900 to 1200 1200 to 1500 1500 to 1800 1800 to 2100 2100 to 2400
Weather
Heavy rain Light shower day Sunny intervals Light shower day Light shower night Heavy rain
Precipitation probability
60% 60% 40% 60% 60% 70%

Visibility

Generally very good with distant peaks clearly visible, but falling to moderate in rain or showers. Visibility may become poor where showers fall as sleet or wet snow.

Hill Fog

Occasional fog down to 500m across the park throughout the day.

Max wind above 500m

Southwesterly 40-45mph with gusts of 65mph at first. Becoming westerly 30-35mph with gusts of 50mph through the morning.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 4 Celsius at first rising to plus 8 Celsius by mid afternoon. Falling to plus 4 Celsius during the evening.
800m:
Around minus 1 Celsius.
Freezing level:
Around 800m.

Ground conditions

Latest: 07/02/2016 18:48 FELL TOP CONDITIONS REPORT at Whiteside at 840m at 14:32UTC on Sunday 7th February 2016. An excellent day to be in the fells, albeit a very windy one. More fresh snow had fallen overnight down to 500m, lying in drifts in sheltered places above 700m up to a depth of 30cm on top of yesterday's snow, which has now consolidated into a layer of good, hard snow, 10cm in depth. This layering in the snowpack includes a 5cm layer of graupel (hail-like ball bearings of snow) which could easily form an unstable layer at depth if more snow accumulates. Much of the summit plateau areas are scoured by the wind however, exposing icy rocks and ribbons of hard, icy snow where walkers have compacted it on paths. With a base layer at or close to the summits today, visibility was good in clear periods, but reduced to 20m in falling snow and flying spindrift. Anyone heading out into the fells now will need full winter clothing, including lots of warmth layers, hat and gloves, snow goggles, winter boots, ice axe and crampons, and a map and compass. Come properly equipped and you'll have a great time exploring the Lakeland fells. Temperature: plus 0.0 C, Maximum wind speed: 59.7 mph, Wind chill: minus 7.1 C, Average wind speed: 32.1 mph.

Tue 09 Feb 2016

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, falling as sleet or snow above around 500m, in the early hours and into Tuesday morning. Becoming drier in the afternoon with sunny spells developing as a cold northwesterly wind sets in. Mostly dry in the evening with clear spells.

Visibility

Moderate in rain, sleet and poor or very poor in snow. Becoming very good from the afternoon onwards.

Hill Fog

Occasional down to 500m, this clearing in the afternoon.

Max wind above 500m

Southwesterly 40mph gusting 60mph at first, gradually easing on Tuesday morning and becoming northwesterly 25mph gusting 40mph.

Temperature

Valleys:
Around plus 3 Celsius in the morning, rising to plus 7 Celsius in the afternoon. Falling back to plus 2 Celsius later in the evening.
800m:
Around minus 3 Celsius.
Freezing level:
Around 600-800m, dropping down to 400m later in the afternoon.

Wed 10 Feb 2016

A generally dry day across the park with plenty of sunshine, with only the odd wintry shower possible in the afternoon. Cloudier in the evening. A fresh northwesterly wind, becoming light westerly in the evening. Freezing level around 300-500m.

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Another mainly dry day, with isolated wintry showers. Light and variable winds. Freezing level 200-300m.

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Cloudy with rain and hill snow through much of the day. Light to moderate westerly winds. Freezing level around 200-400m.

Issued at: 0249 on Mon 08 Feb 2016