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Lake District

Weather hazards over 300m on Wed 01 Apr 2015

High risk

Blizzards
Blizzards over higher summits at first. Winds gradually decreasing during the afternoon.
Gales
Frequent gusts of 50 to 60mph in the morning. Dying down in the afternoon.
Severe chill effect
Strong winds and low temperatures will give severe wind chill.

Medium risk

No medium risks
none

Low risk

Heavy snow
Snow showers expected during the day, but further accumulations will be low.
Storm force winds
Showers may bring isolated storm force gusts over higher summits.
Thunderstorms
Low risk of thunder associated with showers.

No risk

Persistent extensive hill fog
none
Heavy persistent rain
none
Strong sunlight
none

Wed 01 Apr 2015

Occasional showers, falling as snow above around 400m giving temporary blizzard conditions at times. The showers becoming less frequent during the afternoon and mostly dying out during the evening. Strong winds decreasing as well.

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Weather
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Precipitation probability
30% 40% 40% 60% 60% 50% 30% 10%

Visibility

Very good but falling poor in showers and very poor in snow showers.

Hill Fog

Cloud generally above hill tops, but occasional patches to 500 m in showers.

Max wind above 500m

Gusts 65mph in the morning.

Temperature

Valleys:
Plus 1 rising to Plus 7 Celsius during the day. Falling to Zero again in the evening.
800m:
Minus 2 Celsius
Freezing level:
400m rising to 600m

Ground conditions

Latest: 31/03/2015 14:16 FELL TOP CONDITIONS REPORT Date: Tuesday 31 March 2015 Helvellyn summit at 1245 A light dusting of snow and hail was setting above 400m blown in on storm force W - NW winds. Apart from this and isolated snow patches that lie in sheltered hollows the fells below 750m are free from snow. Above 750m, the frequency, size and depth of such snow patches increases with height. Although even at this altitude windswept areas - such as parts of the summit plateau - are free from snow; however the snow that was present was hard and frozen and this combined with the storm force and gusty wind made conditions extremely demanding. The greatest accumulations of snow are generally 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 snowpack on such slopes, especially above 900m, consists of old, hard snow - sometimes with a light covering of soft snow and hail. Crampons and ice axe are required for anyone attempting, or traversing, such slopes. Exposed routes above 750m, such as Striding and Swirral Edges, require extreme care owing to the amount of ice. Swirral Edge in particular still holds a large amount of old snow, especially above 900m, that has hardened with the colder temperatures. 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 essential to safely negotiate these areas especially in descent and when, as today, there is a frost at altitude. 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 750m that walkers visiting the higher peaks must both expect and also be prepared for especially when there is a frost at altitude. The summit windchill was minus 16 degrees today, so full winter clothing and footwear remain essential for anyone venturing out onto the high fells. For those interested in the weather stats, the summit wind was certainly gusting stronger than recorded. Owing to its strength I was not standing up straight when measuring it and did not hang around the summit for very long !! Temperature: minus 2.5 deg C. Maximum wind speed 70.5 mph. Wind chill: minus 16.2 deg C. Average wind speed: 48.6 mph.

Issued at: 1445 on Tue 31 Mar 2015

Thu 02 Apr 2015

Dry and cold at first with valley frost. Gradually clouding over during the afternoon, but staying dry. Rain spreading in from the west during the evening, starting as snow over ground around 400m.

Visibility

Very good for most of the day, but falling poor at times in rain during the evening and very poor in snow.

Hill Fog

Cloud above the summits for most of the day. Periods of hill fog above 400m in the evening rain.

Max wind above 500m

25mph in the evening.

Temperature

Valleys:
Minus 2 Celsius rising to Plus 8 Celsius.
800m:
Minus 2 Celsius becoming Plus 1 Celsius
Freezing level:
Below freezing in valley's at first then around 400m, but rising above 900m during the evening.

Issued at: 1445 on Tue 31 Mar 2015

Fri 03 Apr 2015

Overnight rain will clear leaving dry conditions with broken cloud for the rest of the day. Northwest winds, strong at times over higher summits. Freezing level 800m.

Issued at: 1445 on Tue 31 Mar 2015

Sat 04 Apr 2015

Fairly settled conditions, but quite a lot of cloud about, giving some hill fog and drizzle patches over higher summits. Freezing level rising above 1000m during the day. Northwest winds, strong at times over summits.

Issued at: 1445 on Tue 31 Mar 2015

Sun 05 Apr 2015

Mainly dry with broken cloud. Still a small risk of some drizzle patches and hill fog over higher summits. Moderate northwest winds. Freezing level above summits.

Issued at: 1445 on Tue 31 Mar 2015