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Lake District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Lake District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High on Saturday, then Medium for details on Sunday. Remaining Medium for early next week.

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Friday 17 November 2017

Sunset: 16:09
Moon phase: Waning crescent

Rather cloudy with the odd shower. Gales and a severe wind chill over the tops.

Saturday 18 November 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 High 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 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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Forecast

Bright spells and a few showers. Windy with a severe wind chill.

Weather

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Cloudy Sleet shower night Sleet shower night Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Clear night
Chance of precipitation at 800m 30% 50% 50% 30% 10% 10% 10% 10%

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 W 37 47 W 40 51 W 34 44 NW 29 36 NW 28 36 NW 26 33 NW 27 35 NW 28 36
600m W 29 39 W 31 42 W 26 36 NW 20 28 NW 21 29 NW 19 26 NW 19 27 NW 20 28
300m W 12 34 W 14 37 W 11 32 NW 8 23 NW 10 25 NW 8 22 NW 8 22 NW 8 22
Valley W 10 33 W 11 35 W 9 29 NW 5 20 NW 6 22 NW 6 20 NW 6 20 NW 5 20

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 0 ° 0 ° -1 ° -1 ° -2 °
600m 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 1 ° 1 °
300m 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 3 °
Valley 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 °

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

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 800 m 700 m 700 m 600 m 500 m
Sunrise: 07:48
Sunset: 16:08
Moon phase: New

Weather

Mostly cloudy overnight and early morning with some showers, these wintry over the tops. Any showers soon dying out during the morning with some bright spells. It will be windy over the tops with a severe wind chill, gales overnight and often strong during the day. Mainly dry with well broken cloud in the evening, clear spells possible. However, isolated wintry cannot be ruled out.

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

50 to 80% during daylight hours, the cloud often patchy near or above the summits. The cloud more extensive and lower overnight and early morning.

Visibility

Generally good or very good, but moderate or poor in any showers. Also poor at times over the tops.

Meteorologist's view

Nothing to add

Ground conditions

No adverse ground conditions reported on 17 of Nov

Sunday 19 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:49
Sunset: 16:06
Moon phase: New

Weather

Clear spells overnight leading into a mainly dry and bright day with sunny spells. Cloudier later with some rain, sleet or snow in the evening.

Temperature

  • At 800m Zero to Minus 1 Celsius, perhaps 2 late evening.
  • Valley Minus 2 Celsius rising to plus 7 Celsius
  • Freezing level 300 to 500m, late evening 1200m

Visibility

Mainly very good, but moderate or poor, occasionally very poor in the evening.

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

70 to 90% overnight and during daylight hours. 20 to 40% in the evening as the cloud thickens and lowers.

Maximum wind speed expected

Northwest 10 to 20mph, late in period turning into the southwest.

Monday 20 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:51
Sunset: 16:05
Moon phase: New

Overcast with rain, drizzle and mist. The rain occasionally heavy. Extensive hill fog. Variable winds, mainly moderate.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:53
Sunset: 16:03
Moon phase: New

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times. Hill fog. Southeast to Southwest winds, strong at times.

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:55
Sunset: 16:02
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times. Hill fog. Gale or severe gales force southwest 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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