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Lake District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Lake District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for Wednesday and Thursday. Moderate for details on Friday and over the weekend.

  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Further outlook

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Weather hazards

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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.

Learn more about strong sunlight

Headline

Scattered showers in the morning, mainly dry with some sunshine in the afternoon.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Cloudy Light shower day Light shower day Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night
Chance of precipitation at 800m 20% 40% 30% 20% <05% <05%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m S 15 18 S 14 18 S 14 19 SW 11 16 SW 9 12 W 5 7
600m S 15 19 S 12 17 S 12 17 SW 10 16 SW 8 11 W 5 8
300m S 8 15 S 7 15 S 6 16 SW 5 13 SW 4 9 W 2 6
Valley SE 3 11 S 4 13 S 4 14 SW 4 12 SW 3 9 SW 2 5

Temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 °
600m 11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 °
300m 13 ° 15 ° 16 ° 17 ° 15 ° 13 °
Valley 15 ° 17 ° 18 ° 18 ° 17 ° 15 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m 6 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 °
600m 8 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 °
300m 11 ° 14 ° 16 ° 17 ° 15 ° 13 °
Valley 14 ° 16 ° 18 ° 19 ° 17 ° 16 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,400 m 2,300 m 2,300 m 2,300 m 2,200 m 2,200 m
Sunrise: 05:01
Sunset: 21:36
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Cloud building through the morning with scattered showers breaking out, mostly across the western fells. Becoming dry by late afternoon with broken cloud and occasional sunny spells. Then a dry night with clear spells.

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

80% Cloud mostly above the summits, but some patchy cloud above 700-800m across western fells in the morning and again in the evening.

Visibility

Very good falling moderate in showers.

Meteorologist's view

High UV levels will give a risk of sunburn despite often rather cloudy conditions.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

Thursday 19 July 2018

Sunrise: 05:02
Sunset: 21:35
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Dry but rather cloudy through the early hours, then a dry and bright day with spells of high cloud. Cloud thickening overnight with a few light showers.

Maximum wind speed expected

West 10-15 mph.

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

90%, occasional cloud above 700-900m during the early hours, but this lifting above the summits shortly after dawn. A chance of cloud lowering to 700m across western fells overnight.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 10 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 10 Celsius rising to 19 Celsius
  • Freezing level Well above the summits

Visibility

Very good.

Friday 20 July 2018

Sunrise: 05:04
Sunset: 21:34
Moon phase: First quarter

A cloudy day, breezy across the summits with moderate to fresh westerly winds. Some light patchy rain or drizzle likely across western fells, but mostly dry in the east.

Saturday 21 July 2018

Sunrise: 05:05
Sunset: 21:32
Moon phase: First quarter

A rather cloudy day. Low cloud with a few spots of light rain or drizzle to start, but brightening up around the middle of the day. Mainly dry across eastern ranges. Fresh west or northwest winds across the summits.

Sunday 22 July 2018

Sunrise: 05:07
Sunset: 21:31
Moon phase: First quarter

Cloudy with moderate to fresh northwest winds easing. Mostly dry, a few spots of light rain in the west.

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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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