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Lake District

Weather hazards over 300m on Tue 24 Jan 2017

High risk

Gales
Across upland areas, as winds gusts 60mph over summits
Severe chill effect
Despite higher than normal temperatures the severe gales will give severe wind chill.
Persistent extensive hill fog
Across southern and southwestern aspects.

Medium risk

No medium risks
none

Low risk

Storm force winds
Across summits and ridges with risk of getting blown over as winds gust to 60mph

No risk

Blizzards
none
Heavy snow
none
Thunderstorms
none
Heavy persistent rain
none
Strong sunlight
none

Tue 24 Jan 2017

Cloudy at first with some patchy light rain. Remaining cloudy for much of the day with further spells of light rain although drier spells to the east of the ranges. The low cloud cover will lead to widespread hill fog.

Time
0600 to 0900 0900 to 1200 1200 to 1500 1500 to 1800 1800 to 2100 2100 to 2400
Weather
Light rain Light rain Light rain Light rain Cloudy Cloudy
Precipitation probability
50% 60% 50% 50% 30% 30%

Visibility

Generally hazy, but some mist likely especially across the western fells. Only nearby fells clearly visible.

Hill Fog

Extensive above 500m, perhaps lowering late morning or afternoon to 400m.

Max wind above 500m

South to southwest 40mph with gusts 50 or 60mph

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 5 Celsius, rising to plus 8 Celsius
800m:
Plus 4 Celsius
Freezing level:
Above the summits

Ground conditions

Latest: 23/01/2017 16:14 Fell top Assessor's report Monday 23 January, Top of Swirral Edge at 12:20. A dry morning with the cloud base above the summits, and some blue sky. By early afternoon the cloud base had dropped to around 800m and light drizzle began below that level, with some sleet and light snow above. The freezing level was around 200m in the morning, with paths frozen at that level, and some sheet ice above 550m. Bogs and turf were also semi frozen above 550m. Rocks on Striding Edge and Swirral Edge were coated with rime ice, making progress slow. The only snow is to be found in patches above 700m, and these patches can easily be avoided and do not effect any of the walking routes on Helvellyn. These snow patches were of hard neve today, and are about 30cm in depth. With temperatures below freezing, and the windchill making it feel a lot colder, full winter clothing is essential, including spare warmth layers and hats and gloves. It is sensible to carry and ice axe and crampons at the moment, with there being ice on paths and the potential for there to be more snow falling on the tops in the coming days. Temperature: minus 2.3C, Maximum wind speed 19.7mph, Wind chill: minus 9.3C, Average wind speed: 12.4mph.

Wed 25 Jan 2017

A brighter day across all the ranges than on Tuesday with low cloud and mist generally clearing during the night to leave a bright day with some sunshine. Cloudy at times but generally thin. Very windy over upland areas with a severe wind chill.

Visibility

Generally good or very good, some haze developing in the afternoon as the southerly flow becomes established bringing a little continental haze.

Hill Fog

Generally persistent at 600m gradually lifting to 800m then breaking to scattered patches.

Max wind above 500m

South or southwest 50mph with gusts 60 or 70mph

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 8 Celsius
800m:
Plus 1 Celsius
Freezing level:
Above the summits

Thu 26 Jan 2017

Severe gale or storm force southerly winds continuing with severe wind chill over upland areas. Generally dry with a good deal of cloud across southern ranges but breaking with some sunshine over northern ranges. Much colder with freezing levels down to 300m or less,

Fri 27 Jan 2017

Severe gales slowly easing across the ranges although remaining windy. Dry and bright with the best of the sunshine across more northern ranges. Freezing levels rising to 750m.

Sat 28 Jan 2017

Winds easing and turning westerly with outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards across the ranges, perhaps some light sleet on the summits for a time. Freezing levels rising above the summits.

Issued at: 0255 on Tue 24 Jan 2017