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Lake District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Lake District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for winds easing during morning and for showers. Lower for cloud detail.

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  • Sunday
  • Further outlook

Friday 21 July 2017

Sunset: 21:32
Moon phase: Waning crescent

Dull and rainy with rain becoming heavier. Southeasterly gales with hill fog.

Saturday 22 July 2017

Weather hazards

Gales High likelihood Show less 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 High likelihood Show more details

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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Heavy persistent rain Medium likelihood Show more details

Prolonged exposure to heavy rain can result in drenched clothing and a risk of hypothermia if not wearing good quality waterproofs. Terrain may turn increasingly boggy underfoot, while mountain streams will rapidly rise into spate and may become impassable. There may also be a risk of flooding in valleys or glens. If there is snow cover, a heightened avalanche hazard is possible and avalanche reports should be consulted where available.

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Thunderstorms Low likelihood Show more details

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

Cloudy and windy, showers developing

Weather

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Weather at 800m Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain Cloudy Light shower day Light shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower day
Chance of precipitation at 800m 90% 80% 70% 30% 50% 50% 60% 50%

Wind speed and direction

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Altitude above mean sea level
900m E 43 50 SE 27 32 E 23 28 SE 17 21 SE 11 14 SW 9 13 E 9 11 NE 7 9
600m SE 27 36 SE 20 27 SE 18 24 SE 12 16 SE 8 11 W 9 13 NE 7 9 NE 5 8
300m SE 11 34 SE 6 20 SE 5 17 SE 5 13 SE 4 10 SW 6 11 E 3 7 NE 4 7
Valley E 10 32 E 5 17 E 5 17 SE 4 11 S 3 8 W 6 11 NW 4 7 NE 5 8

Temperature

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Altitude above mean sea level
900m 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 10 °
600m 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 °
300m 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 13 °
Valley 15 ° 14 ° 14 ° 15 ° 16 ° 17 ° 16 ° 15 °

Feels like temperature

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Altitude above mean sea level
900m 4 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 °
600m 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 9 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 °
300m 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 15 ° 14 ° 15 ° 13 °
Valley 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 15 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 15 °

Freezing level

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Freezing level i 2,600 m 2,400 m 2,400 m 2,200 m 2,200 m 2,300 m 2,400 m 2,300 m
Sunrise: 05:07
Sunset: 21:31
Moon phase: Waning crescent

Weather

Overnight heavy rain largely dying out after dawn but rather cloudy and damp with fog on summits. Brightening up mid to late morning but light showers soon developing. Then a tendency for brief sunny or bright intervals during the afternoon and evening but with showers becoming more numerous and heavier, especially later with isolated thunder possible.

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

Often cloudy above 500 metres at first and only 20% chance but brighter spells gives a 30% chance in afternoon as cloud lifts between showers but cloud lowers 450 metres in heavy showers.

Visibility

Mostly poor at dawn with only nearby hills visible. Then improving moderate or briefly good by noon with mid distance hills discernible but poor again during heavier showers. On summits, and higher slopes occasionally poor as cloud banks move through.

Meteorologist's view

Winds reduce notably later overnight and further reduce during the day.

Ground conditions

No adverse ground conditions reported on 21 of Jul

Sunday 23 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:08
Sunset: 21:29
Moon phase: New

Weather

Rather cloudy with showers but some sunny glimpses.

Temperature

  • At 800m 11 Celsius.
  • Valley 12 rising 19 Celsius.
  • Freezing level 2500 metres.

Visibility

Mostly good with mid distance hills faint and briefly poor as showers move through.

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

Mostly 40% with a fair amount of cloud around 800 metres, but 60% chance later as wind strengthens.

Maximum wind speed expected

North 15mph but later 30 gust 40mph.

Monday 24 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:10
Sunset: 21:28
Moon phase: New

Early rain clearing then mostly dry and bright with sunny intervals later. Strong gusty Northerly winds.

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:12
Sunset: 21:26
Moon phase: New

Largely dry and fine with some warm sunny spells. Winds ease light.

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:13
Sunset: 21:25
Moon phase: New

Starting fine but thicker cloud and rain starts to arrive later with strengthening winds.

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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).