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Lake District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Lake District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for general developments, but low for amount of rain on Monday and cloud amounts Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Further outlook

Monday 25 September 2017

Weather hazards

Poor visibility High 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.

Learn more about poor visibility

Forecast

Low cloud and patchy rain.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 800m Drizzle Drizzle Fog Overcast Cloudy Fog
Chance of precipitation at 800m 60% 40% 30% 30% 30% 30%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
900m SE 8 10 SE 9 11 S 8 10 SW 7 9 SE 9 10 SE 13 15
600m S 8 10 SE 8 10 S 6 8 SW 7 9 SE 6 8 SE 9 12
300m SE 4 7 SE 3 7 S 3 5 SW 4 6 E 2 4 SE 2 8
Valley E 3 8 SE 3 6 S 4 7 SW 3 6 SW 1 4 E 2 6

Temperature

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

Feels like temperature

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

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,400 m 2,400 m 2,400 m 2,400 m 2,400 m 2,500 m
Sunrise: 07:03
Sunset: 19:05
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

A cloudy day with some patchy light rain or drizzle.

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

20% in the south with cloud often extensive above 600m, lowering to 400m over south facing slopes. 50% in the north with cloud more broken at 600-700m, lifting above the summits at times.

Visibility

Mainly good but poor in cloud across southern fells.

Meteorologist's view

Winds maybe a little stronger and southeasterly across eastern fells in the afternoon.

Ground conditions

No adverse ground conditions reported on 25 of Sep

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:05
Sunset: 19:03
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

A mostly dry day with just a few light showers possible, mainly over the southern fells. Generally cloudy, but some bright or sunny spells at times.

Temperature

  • At 800m 10 Celsius.
  • Valley 9 Celsius rising to 16 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Well above the summits.

Visibility

Very good with distant hills clearly visible.

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

60% with areas of cloud above 500-600m across southern fells, but 700m across the northern fells and often lifting above the summits. Cloud is likley to turn more broken in the afternoon.

Maximum wind speed expected

South 5-10mph increasing to 15mph in the afternoon then 20mph overnight.

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:07
Sunset: 19:00
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

A dry morning but southerly winds increasing to give widespread summit gales. Persistent rain spreads east in the afternoon, turning heavy over southern fells.

Thursday 28 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:09
Sunset: 18:57
Moon phase: First quarter

Rain soon clears east in the morning with southerly gales becoming a light to moderate westerly. Then mainly dry with some bright or sunny spells developing. Winds turn southerly and freshen in the evening.

Friday 29 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:10
Sunset: 18:55
Moon phase: First quarter

Another band of rain spreads east in the morning with fresh to strong south or southwesterly winds. Rain clears to sunshine and showers in the afternoon, but with windespread gales developing.

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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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