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Lake District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Lake District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for cooler more unsettled weather than the last few days as the flow veers to the west, but medium for timing of heavier rain or showers.

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Further outlook

Sunday 22 April 2018

Weather hazards

Poor visibility Medium likelihood Hide 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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Strong sunlight Medium 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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Gales Low 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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Headline

Band of rain crossing from west during the morning, before clearing for the afternoon with winds veer to the west bringing clearer, cooler conditions.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Light rain Heavy rain Fog Drizzle Heavy rain Drizzle
Chance of precipitation at 800m 20% 80% 60% 10% 30% 40%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m S 31 37 SW 30 37 SW 31 38 SW 25 32 SW 30 37 SW 33 41
600m S 23 29 SW 23 29 SW 26 34 SW 23 30 SW 25 33 SW 25 33
300m S 7 22 SW 8 24 SW 11 28 SW 10 25 SW 10 27 SW 11 28
Valley SW 6 19 SW 7 20 SW 11 26 SW 10 23 SW 9 25 SW 10 25

Temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m 7 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 °
600m 8 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 °
300m 10 ° 8 ° 7 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 °
Valley 12 ° 9 ° 8 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m 1 ° -3 ° -4 ° -3 ° -4 ° -4 °
600m 4 ° 0 ° -1 ° 0 ° -1 ° -1 °
300m 9 ° 5 ° 3 ° 5 ° 4 ° 4 °
Valley 11 ° 8 ° 5 ° 8 ° 7 ° 6 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,300 m 1,400 m 1,600 m 1,300 m 1,400 m 1,400 m
Sunrise: 05:55
Sunset: 20:29
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Cloud lowering and thickening from early Sunday morning, with a band of rain crossing from the western around mid to late morning. This soon clearing early afternoon, with most seeing a dry and sunny end to the day. However showers will gradually increasing towards early evening, with some heavier outbreaks possible before mid-night.

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

60% at first, becoming 10% by mid-morning with bases becoming extensive from 600m, and down to 450m across southwestern aspects, then increasing 60% during the afternoon as the cloud lifts and breaks.

Visibility

Good becoming moderate or poor in showers and rain and very poor in cloud.

Meteorologist's view

Chance of gales across the most exposed ridges and summits at first Sunday. As the rain pushes through during the morning cloud lowering across peaks will bring difficult navigational conditions for a time and during the afternoon as sunshine increases, there will be a significant risk of sunburn and dehydration.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

Monday 23 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:53
Sunset: 20:30
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Showers locally heavy during the night, but tending to be isolated and light the morning with sunny spells increasing. Cloud gradually lowering and thickening from the west from mid-day with a band of locally heavy rain crossing the area for a time during the evening.

Maximum wind speed expected

West or Southwest generally 25 gusts 35mph, increasing 35-40mph with gusts 55 over most exposed risges and summits for a time during the evening.

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

70% through the morning becoming late afternoon 30% as main bases lower 700-800m with patches below, particularly on western aspects, then 10% during the evening.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 3C
  • Valley Plus 6C increasing 15C for a time during the afternoon
  • Freezing level 1300m

Visibility

Good becoming moderate or poor in showers and rain and very poor in cloud.

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:51
Sunset: 20:32
Moon phase: First quarter

Occasional rain or showers spreading from the west through the morning, but tending to turn drier and brighter later in the day. Summit winds strong westerly with freezing levels staying above all summits.

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:49
Sunset: 20:34
Moon phase: First quarter

Sunshine and showers, these more focused in the west. Summit winds fresh or strong westerly with freezing levels staying above all summits.

Thursday 26 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:46
Sunset: 20:36
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Sunshine and showers, again these mainly across western ranges. Summit winds strong westerly with freezing levels staying 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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