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Lake District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Lake District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for the showery, generally warm weather, but medium to low for the detail of the timing of the heavier, thundery outbreaks and the extent of the lower cloud affecting the eastern ranges.

  • This evening
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  • Monday
  • Further outlook

Saturday 26 May 2018

Sunset: 21:29
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Summit winds strong to gale force. Most staying dry, but perhaps the odd isolated shower developing late evening and some low cloud feeding across eastern most ranges before midnight.

Sunday 27 May 2018

Weather hazards

Blizzards High likelihood Hide detail

Blizzards and whiteouts present challenging and serious conditions due to a combination of falling or blowing snow, strong winds and cold temperatures. They can be highly disorientating, often resulting in near-zero visibility with limited or no visual references and no distinction between ground and sky. Cliff edges and cornices may not be apparent, even close up. These conditions require very good navigational skills.

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Gales High likelihood Show detail

Gale force winds (gusts over 50mph) make walking difficult and strenuous with a potential to be blown over by gusts. There is often a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances can take longer to cover and compass bearings become harder to follow accurately.

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Strong sunlight High likelihood Show 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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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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Headline

Sunshine and showers, some turning thundery. Occasionally misty in east, early and late.

Weather

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Cloudy Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 800m <05% 20% 20% 30% 30% 30% 20% <05%

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 E 37 46 E 35 43 E 40 50 E 43 54 E 33 43 E 30 39 E 26 34 E 28 38
600m E 26 35 E 22 29 E 26 36 E 31 41 E 27 38 E 24 34 E 19 27 E 24 34
300m E 14 31 E 12 26 E 13 30 E 15 36 E 13 35 E 10 28 E 10 24 E 12 26
Valley NE 12 32 E 12 31 E 13 34 E 12 37 E 11 34 E 8 28 E 8 24 E 8 25

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 12 °
600m 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 16 ° 17 ° 18 ° 17 ° 14 °
300m 13 ° 13 ° 15 ° 19 ° 21 ° 21 ° 19 ° 16 °
Valley 16 ° 16 ° 18 ° 20 ° 22 ° 23 ° 21 ° 18 °

Feels like temperature

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Altitude above mean sea level
900m 6 ° 7 ° 6 ° 7 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 8 °
600m 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 10 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 10 °
300m 10 ° 11 ° 13 ° 16 ° 18 ° 19 ° 17 ° 14 °
Valley 13 ° 13 ° 15 ° 18 ° 20 ° 21 ° 20 ° 17 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,900 m 2,900 m 3,000 m 3,000 m 3,000 m 3,000 m 3,000 m 3,000 m
Sunrise: 04:51
Sunset: 21:30
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Showers overnight will be very isolated, before turning occasional and perhaps heavy from late morning and through the afternoon, bringing a small risk of thunderstorms. Low cloud, mist and risk of fog patches at first around the foothills of eastern most ranges, which burn away early to mid-morning, before building back across east ranges during the evening, as the showers decay.

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

At first and again during the evening 25% across eastern ranges with lower cloud spreading from the west below around 600m. Otherwise 70% with bases occasionally lowering 600-800m as showers push through.

Visibility

At first and again during the evening across eastern ranges poor, perhaps very poor, with lower cloud spreading from the west. Otherwise mainly good becoming moderate or poor as showers push through.

Meteorologist's view

Strong afternoon sunshine bringing a risk of sunburn.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

Monday 28 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:49
Sunset: 21:32
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Showers again for Monday, but these will be lighter and more isolated. Low cloud, misty and risk of fog patches at first around the foothills of eastern most ranges, burning away mid to late morning, before building back across east ranges during the evening.

Maximum wind speed expected

East initially 20-25 gusts 35mph across exposed ridges and summits, decreasing from early morning, becoming light from early afternoon.

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

At first and again during the evening 20% across eastern ranges with lower cloud spreading from the west below from around 700m. Otherwise 80% with bases occasionally lowering 700-850m as showers push through.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 10C rising 17C for a time during the afternoon
  • Valley Plus 8C rising 23C for a time during the afternoon
  • Freezing level Around 3000m

Visibility

At first and again during the evening poor, perhaps very poor, across eastern ranges with lower cloud spreading from the west. Otherwise mainly good becoming moderate as showers push through.

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:48
Sunset: 21:33
Moon phase: Full

Western ranges staying dry and seeing the best of the sunshine, while eastern ranges turn cloudy with some drizzly upslope showers early and late in the day. Summit winds light to moderate from the east. Freezing level remaining well above all summits.

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:47
Sunset: 21:34
Moon phase: Full

A rather cloudier day than the rest of the forecast period, with some patchy rain or drizzle, mainly confined to eastern slopes of eastern ranges. However some brighter spells still expected, particularly across the west. Summit winds light to moderate from the east. Freezing level above all summits.

Thursday 31 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:46
Sunset: 21:36
Moon phase: Full

Sunshine and isolated showers. Light winds. Freezing level remaining well above all summits.

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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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