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Lake District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Lake District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for details on Friday. Medium for Saturday and Low for details on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

  • This evening
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Further outlook

Thursday 21 September 2017

Sunset: 19:15
Moon phase: New

A fine end to the day with clearing skies.

Friday 22 September 2017

Weather hazards

Gales High likelihood Hide 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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Severe chill effect Medium likelihood Show detail

Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect. Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature. This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow. Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia.

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Poor visibility Medium 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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Heavy persistent rain Low likelihood Show detail

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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Forecast

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain in the afternoon. Gales over the tops.

Weather

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Weather at 800m Clear night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Light rain Light rain Light rain Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 800m 00% 00% 00% 20% 60% 70% 50% 30%

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 S 17 21 S 22 26 S 25 31 S 34 41 S 35 44 S 36 45 S 33 41 S 25 31
600m S 13 17 S 20 28 S 23 30 S 27 36 S 28 37 S 29 38 S 26 35 S 22 30
300m S 4 12 S 6 19 S 7 22 S 10 26 S 12 31 S 11 31 S 11 28 S 10 22
Valley S 2 9 S 5 18 S 6 21 SE 9 26 S 9 27 S 9 28 S 10 27 S 9 22

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 °
600m 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 °
300m 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 °
Valley 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 °

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 ° 0 ° -1 ° -1 ° 1 ° 2 ° 3 °
600m 4 ° 3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 6 °
300m 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 °
Valley 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,500 m 1,500 m 1,500 m 1,500 m 2,200 m 2,300 m 2,200 m 2,000 m
Sunrise: 06:58
Sunset: 19:13
Moon phase: New

Weather

Some clear spells overnight leading to a bright start to the day. However, cloud will thicken during the morning with outbreaks of rain expected by lunchtime. The cloud lowering significantly in the afternoon with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. It will gradually become drier though the evening, although cloud expected to remain extensive. Gale force southerly winds developing over the tops with significant wind chill.

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

60 to 90% overnight and during the early morning, only patchy cloud near or above the summits. Nil to 20% in the afternoon and evening with the cloud extensive, bases 300 to 600m.

Visibility

Very good overnight and early morning, becoming moderate, occasionally poor at times in the afternoon and evening.

Meteorologist's view

Gales and significant wind chill at height.

Ground conditions

No adverse ground conditions reported on 21 of Sep

Saturday 23 September 2017

Sunrise: 06:59
Sunset: 19:10
Moon phase: New

Weather

Rather cloudy overnight with patchy drizzle, mainly over the Southeastern and Southwestern Fells. The cloud should tend to lift and break at times, the best of the brightness expected over Northern and Northwestern Fells. Mainly dry during daylight hours, although patchy drizzle possible.

Temperature

  • At 800m Around plus 10 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 10 Celsius rising to 17 Celsius
  • Freezing level 2500m

Visibility

Moderate , perhaps poor at times overnight and during the morning, becoming mostly good.

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

10 to 20% overnight, becoming 30 to 60% during daylight hours with the cloud extensive, bases 600 to 900m, occasionally 300m on south and southeast facing slopes, the best of any breaks in the north.

Maximum wind speed expected

South 15 to 20mph

Sunday 24 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:01
Sunset: 19:08
Moon phase: New

Dry and bright with some sunny spells expected. Thickening cloud and rain later. Fresh to strong southerly winds over the tops.

Monday 25 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:03
Sunset: 19:05
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain at first. Becoming drier and bright. Light to moderate southeast winds.

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:05
Sunset: 19:03
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Mainly dry. Some bright, perhaps sunny spells. Moderate southeast 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).

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