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Lake District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Lake District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for east to southeasterly flow persisting and for wintry precipitation being confined to highest peaks. Medium for the extent and timing of the showers within the flow and low for cloud amounts in the weekend.

  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Further outlook

Thursday 22 November 2018

Weather hazards

Severe chill effect Medium likelihood Hide 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.

Learn more about severe chill effect

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.

Learn more about poor visibility

Headline

Showers spreading from the east, merging to longer spells of rain at times in east during afternoon.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Clear night Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Drizzle
Chance of precipitation at 800m 00% <05% 10% 10% 20% 40%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m E 21 28 E 22 26 NE 18 21 NE 20 24 E 22 27 E 21 26
600m E 20 27 NE 12 15 NE 10 12 NE 13 17 E 14 19 E 16 21
300m E 7 16 E 4 12 NE 4 10 NE 5 12 E 5 14 E 6 16
Valley NE 4 12 NE 3 11 NE 5 12 NE 5 12 E 5 15 E 4 16

Temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m 1 ° 1 ° 0 ° 0 ° 0 ° 0 °
600m 1 ° 1 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 °
300m 1 ° 2 ° 5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 °
Valley 4 ° 4 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m -6 ° -6 ° -7 ° -7 ° -7 ° -7 °
600m -6 ° -4 ° -2 ° -3 ° -3 ° -3 °
300m -3 ° 0 ° 3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 °
Valley 2 ° 3 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 4 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 400 m 600 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m
Sunrise: 07:55
Sunset: 16:02
Moon phase: Full

Weather

A dry start with sunny spells. Cloud soon spreading from the east during the morning, with just a few brighter spells in the far west remaining. Mainly dry though a few spots of rain or summit sleet are possible later

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

90% at first with well broken cloud cover, becoming by late morning 40% in the east and 70% in the west, then from the afternoon 20% in east and 40% in west, as clouds lowers 450-600m.

Visibility

Good or very good away from cloud.

Meteorologist's view

With cloud lowering across many, particularly eastern, peaks from the afternoon, navigation at height will be difficult at times. This coupled with wind chill effect and typical late November temperatures will necessitate appropriate seasonal preparation and equipping.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

Friday 23 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:57
Sunset: 16:01
Moon phase: Full

Weather

Rather cloudy in the east through to mid-morning and again for the evening with a few scattered light showers cropping up. Western hills remaining dry and seeing good spells of weak sunshine, particularly widespread through the afternoon.

Maximum wind speed expected

East 15-20mph with gusts reaching 30mph over most exposed ridges and summits.

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

In the east the bases will be typically 550-700m, relatively extensive through to mid-morning and again for the evening bringing a 35% chance, which lifts to 70% for the afternoon. In the west 80-90% with bases well broken throughout.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 1C
  • Valley Plus 3C increasing 8C during the afternoon
  • Freezing level 1000m

Visibility

Good or very good below the cloud cover becoming moderate or poor in showers across eastern hills.

Saturday 24 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:59
Sunset: 16:00
Moon phase: Full

Most staying dry with the weak sunshine more widespread across western hills, but a few isolated light showers may develop in the east, these falling as snow over the highest peaks. Winds light with freezing level around 1000m.

Sunday 25 November 2018

Sunrise: 08:00
Sunset: 15:59
Moon phase: Waning gibbous

Occasional bright or sunny spells. Chance of showers a touch higher than Saturday, again these should be confined to the east of the Park. Summits winds picking up a little. Freezing level lowering a little with showers wintry for the highest peaks.

Monday 26 November 2018

Sunrise: 08:02
Sunset: 15:57
Moon phase: Waning gibbous

Mainly cloudy with some light drizzly showers, these falling as sleet and wet snow across highest peaks.

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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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