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Lake District

Weather hazards over 300m on Mon 27 Feb 2017

High risk

No high risks
none

Medium risk

Severe chill effect
Sub zero temperatures and strong winds will give a significant wind chill.
Persistent extensive hill fog
Forming in the more frequent showers, mainly over southern and western fells.

Low risk

Heavy snow
Frequent showers for a time around midday, with snow settling above around 300 metres
Gales
Over exposed summits and ridges during the early hours.
Thunderstorms
Associated with heavy showers

No risk

Blizzards
none
Storm force winds
none
Heavy persistent rain
none
Strong sunlight
none

Mon 27 Feb 2017

Some clear spells overnight but also a few showers, most frequent across southern and eastern fells, with snow above around 400 metres. A bright day with follow with sunshine at times, but also some showers, and these will become more frequent for a time around the middle of the day, perhaps merging into longer spells of rain, with the snow level lowering to around 300 metres. The showers will turn lighter and more isolated during the evening.

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Weather
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Precipitation probability
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Visibility

Generally good, but occasionally moderate or poor in the showers or rain, and very poor in snow over the higher slopes and summits.

Hill Fog

Occasional patches forming in the showers above around 400 metres, with some patches down to 200 metres over exposed southern and western fells, becoming occasional or persistent for a time in the more frequent showers.

Max wind above 500m

Southwest 40 mph gust 50 mph, decreasing 30 mph gust 40 mph by dawn then 10-15 mph by the evening.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 2 Celsius rising to plus 7 Celsius.
800m:
Minus 4 Celsius
Freezing level:
500 metres lowering to 400 metres

Ground conditions

Latest: 26/02/2017 15:57 Fell Top Assessor's report Sunday 26 February, Helvellyn summit at 11:55 The thaw at all levels continues; once again it was above freezing (plus 2 degrees) and raining on the summit. Occasionally, above 800m, the precipitation fell as hail which certainly made its presence painfully felt in the 50mph gusts! Any hail was not settling on the ground since most of the time it was just raining; however at the time of writing temperatures are forecast to fall, thus further precipitation Sunday evening and overnight could fall as snow so walkers out on Monday should be prepared to encounter more snow at altitude than experienced and described today. Apart from insignificant, isolated patches of wet, thawing snow, there is now no snow below 700m. Even above 700m the majority of the Lakeland fells up to and including summit level are now free from snow. The snow that remains lies in sheltered spots and hollows and especially above 850m on north and east facing aspects. Apart from isolated patches where the snow has been compacted by walkers' boots, the snow is soft, wet and thawing - no ice was encountered. With the ground being so wet, though, this could change with only a slight drop in temperature so walkers out on Monday should be prepared to encounter ice at altitude. Striding and Swirral Edges consisted of bare, wet rock. There is almost a snow free route on the exit to Swirral, whereas there are still some larger, unavoidable patches of snow on the exit to Striding. Again the snow was soft, but it is strongly recommended to carry an ice axe here in order to safely negotiate this section if the temperature drops and the snow hardens. Despite the milder weather, the summit windchill remains well below freezing so full winter clothing - including spare layers - footwear and equipment are essential for those venturing out onto the fells. For those attempting, or traversing, exposed routes at altitude an ice axe is recommended in case fresh snow falls this evening and overnight. The positive aspect about 2 days of, what feels like, constant rain is that the Lakeland Waterfalls are spectacular and well worth a visit - so come and enjoy! Temperature: Plus 2.2 C, Maximum wind speed 54.8 mph, Wind chill: Minus 8.1 C, Average wind speed: 40.5 mph.

Tue 28 Feb 2017

Rather cloudy during the early hours with a few mainly light showers, wintry above around 300 metres. A bright start to the day with some sunshine, but clouds increasing with showery out breaks of rain during the afternoon, falling as snow above around 600 metres. Becoming mainly dry during the evening with clears spells developing.

Visibility

Good or very good, becoming moderate or poor in the rain and very poor in snow over the summits.

Hill Fog

Occasional patches forming in the showers above around 450 meters, becoming occasional or persistent in the showery outbreaks of rain during the afternoon, this clearing during the evening.

Max wind above 500m

West or southwest 10-15 mph veering northwesterly and increasing 20 mph gust 30 mph.

Temperature

Valleys:
Minus 2 Celsius rising to plus 6 Celsius.
800m:
Minus 4 Celsius rising to minus 1 Celsius for a time.
Freezing level:
400 metres rising to 800 metres for a time during the afternoon.

Wed 01 Mar 2017

A bright morning with scattered showers, wintry above around 300 metres, then clouds increasing with outbreaks of rain during the afternoon, the snow level lifting to around 500 metres. Moderate or fresh westerly winds over the summits

Thu 02 Mar 2017

A mainly cloudy day with showery outbreaks of rain, heavy at times with snow above around 500 metres. Strong westerly winds over the summits.

Fri 03 Mar 2017

Another cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times and falling as snow above around 700 metres. Fresh south or southeasterly winds over the summits.

Issued at: 1709 on Sun 26 Feb 2017