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Lake District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Lake District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for the unsettled weather, but low for the timing and location of the showers.

  • This evening
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Further outlook

Friday 18 August 2017

Sunset: 20:39
Moon phase: Waning crescent

Broken cloud and showers during Friday evening. Some of these showers could be heavy at first, with a risk of hail and thunder, but the showers will become lighter and more scattered towards midnight.

Saturday 19 August 2017

Weather hazards

Strong sunlight Medium likelihood Hide detail

Harmful UV levels from sunlight increase with altitude giving a greater risk of sunburn and eye damage, even on some overcast days. On breezy days, the cooling effect of wind on exposed skin may disguise any feeling of sunburn until it is too late. If there is snow cover, glare increases the effect of UV rays especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block, protective clothing such as a long-sleeved top and hat and have good quality eye protection.

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Gales Low likelihood Show detail

Progress will be impeded by very strong winds. Walking will be difficult and strenuous at times with a potential for one to be blown over in gusts. There can be a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances often take longer to cover with compass bearings becoming more difficult to follow accurately.

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Poor visibility Low likelihood Show detail

Poor visibility presents challenging route finding conditions. Visibility could be significantly less than 50 metres in all directions with few or no visual references, especially on featureless moors or plateaux. Distances become hard to judge and cliff or cornice edges can be difficult to recognise. These conditions require good navigational skills. There is a risk of white-out conditions when mist or fog is combined with extensive snow cover.

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Thunderstorms Low likelihood Show detail

Lightning is a significant mountain hazard which can result in serious injury or death. Mountain terrain often leaves one highly exposed to lightning strikes. Hail may give unpleasant conditions with torrential rain and localised flash flooding also possible, mainly in Summer months.

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Forecast

Sunny spells and showers, these perhaps turning heavy for a time.

Weather

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Weather at 800m Light shower night Partly cloudy night Light shower day Light shower day Heavy shower day Light shower night Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
Chance of precipitation at 800m 30% 00% 20% 30% 40% 30% 00% 00%

Wind speed and direction

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m W 32 41 W 33 41 W 34 43 W 32 41 W 30 39 W 31 41 W 30 39 W 27 35
600m W 25 33 W 26 35 W 28 37 W 27 35 W 25 34 W 26 36 W 23 31 W 21 29
300m W 12 32 W 11 31 W 12 32 W 13 33 W 12 32 W 12 33 W 10 28 W 9 24
Valley W 10 31 W 9 29 W 10 31 W 11 33 W 12 34 W 11 33 W 8 28 W 7 23

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 °
600m 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 °
300m 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 12 ° 11 °
Valley 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 15 ° 15 ° 14 °

Feels like temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m 1 ° 0 ° -1 ° 0 ° 1 ° 2 ° 2 ° 1 °
600m 4 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 5 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 °
300m 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 10 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 °
Valley 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 °

Freezing level

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Freezing level i 1,900 m 1,600 m 1,700 m 1,700 m 1,700 m 1,700 m 1,800 m 1,800 m
Sunrise: 05:56
Sunset: 20:36
Moon phase: Waning crescent

Weather

Sunny spells and showers during Saturday morning. These showers will be light at first, but will turn increasingly heavy towards lunchtime with a risk of thunder. However, the showers will then turn lighter from the west through the afternoon before dying out to leave a dry evening with clear spells.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

60%

Visibility

Good or very good visibility generally, but becoming moderate during showers with distant Fells and Lakes becoming obscured. Very poor visibility is possible during any heavier showers if cloud descends onto the peaks.

Meteorologist's view

Winds expected to be around 5 mph higher, especially over the peaks.

Ground conditions

No adverse ground conditions reported on 18 of Aug

Sunday 20 August 2017

Sunrise: 05:58
Sunset: 20:34
Moon phase: Waning crescent

Weather

A dry and sunny start to Sunday. However, cloud will increase from the west or southwest through the day with some outbreaks of rain expected by evening, more especially over the southern Fells with those Fells around Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water likely to remain dry.

Temperature

  • At 800m 4 Celsius at first on Sunday morning rising to 11 Celsius by the end of the day.
  • Valley 10 Celsius at first on Sunday morning rising to 15 Celsius by mid-afternoon, decreasing to 12 Celsius by late evening.
  • Freezing level 1700 M at first rising to 3000 M by the end of the day.

Visibility

Good or very good through much of the day, but becoming moderate in rain later in the day. Visibility may become very poor as cloud descends onto the fell-tops in the rain.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 800m

80% at first on Sunday morning becoming 20% by the evening.

Maximum wind speed expected

Westerly 20 mph with gusts 25-30 mph.

Monday 21 August 2017

Sunrise: 05:59
Sunset: 20:32
Moon phase: New

A cloudy day on Monday with outbreaks of rain. These will generally be light, but there is a risk of the odd heavier burst that could be accompanied by some thunder. Light Southwest winds at first increasing through day, perhaps reaching gale force over the summits by evening.

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Sunrise: 06:01
Sunset: 20:29
Moon phase: New

Another cloudy day is in store with further rain. This will be mainly light, but some heavier spells of rain are likely and these could be accompanied by thunder. Southwest gales at first becoming a moderate Southerly during the morning, then backing Northeast through the afternoon and evening.

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Sunrise: 06:03
Sunset: 20:27
Moon phase: New

A cloudy start to Wednesday with further outbreaks of rain. However, these will clear southwards through the morning with some sunny spells developing during the afternoon. Moderate Northeast backing North winds, these increasing strong for a time around the middle of the day.

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The Lake District covers an area of 885 square miles with its highest point, Scafell Pike, standing at 978 metres.

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. From its summit, the view spans from the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland to Snowdonia in Wales. The Lake District also contains the deepest and longest lakes in England; Wastwater and Windermere.

Much smaller than its Scottish counterparts, but no less breathtaking, is the Lake District National Park. While unarguably most famous for the lakes and waters from which it took its name, the National Park certainly has plenty to offer climbers as well. Not only that, special routes have been created (known as Miles Without Stiles) to offer more laid back, moderate walks.

Those looking for a challenge are suitably catered for with the Lakeland Fells, as made famous by rambler and cartographer Alfred Wainwright. These include some of the highest peaks in England: Scafell Pike (978 metres), Scafell (965 metres), Helvellyn (951 metres) and Skiddaw (931 metres).

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