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Lake District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Lake District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for an unsettled showery Friday, then medium for the detail through the weekend with uncertainty in the path of a low which pushes through southern UK. Confidence increasing medium to high from Monday as high pressure brings more settled fare.

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Thursday 20 September 2018

Sunset: 19:18
Moon phase: First quarter

Hazardous conditions with periods of occasionally heavy rain, extensive hill fog, a risk of thunderstorms and strengthening summit winds.

Friday 21 September 2018

Weather hazards

Gales High likelihood Hide 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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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.

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Thunderstorms Medium likelihood Show detail

Lightning is a significant mountain hazard which can result in serious injury or death. Mountain terrain often leaves one highly exposed to lightning strikes. Hail may give unpleasant conditions with torrential rain and localised flash flooding also possible, mainly in Summer months.

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Severe chill effect Low 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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Heavy persistent rain Low likelihood Show detail

Heavy and persistent rain can lead to drenched clothing and footwear with waterproofs often becoming soaked through, especially if accompanied by strong winds. This can lead to significant loss of body heat and an increased likelihood of hypothermia. Terrain may turn increasingly boggy underfoot while streams can flood and become impassable. There may also be a risk of flooding in valleys or glens. If there is snow cover, a heightened avalanche hazard is possible and avalanche reports should be consulted where available.

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Headline

Blustery occasionally heavy showers by day.

Weather

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Weather at 800m Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy shower night Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower night Light shower night
Chance of precipitation at 800m 80% 80% 60% 50% 60% 60% 50% 30%

Wind speed and direction

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Altitude above mean sea level
900m N 19 24 NW 41 52 W 41 51 W 40 50 W 31 41 W 35 45 W 33 42 W 33 41
600m N 17 24 NW 35 47 W 32 43 W 35 46 W 27 37 W 29 40 W 25 35 W 26 35
300m N 10 22 NW 16 40 NW 15 38 W 15 38 W 13 32 NW 14 36 NW 12 31 W 10 28
Valley N 13 22 NW 14 38 W 13 36 W 15 38 W 13 33 W 12 33 NW 10 29 W 10 28

Temperature

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Altitude above mean sea level
900m 5 ° 1 ° 2 ° 3 ° 3 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 °
600m 6 ° 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 6 ° 7 ° 6 ° 5 °
300m 8 ° 6 ° 6 ° 8 ° 9 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 °
Valley 10 ° 8 ° 9 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 11 ° 10 °

Feels like temperature

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Altitude above mean sea level
900m 0 ° -7 ° -6 ° -6 ° -4 ° -3 ° -3 ° -4 °
600m 2 ° -4 ° -3 ° -2 ° 0 ° 2 ° 1 ° 0 °
300m 5 ° 1 ° 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 7 ° 6 ° 5 °
Valley 7 ° 5 ° 6 ° 7 ° 8 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 °

Freezing level

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Freezing level i 2,200 m 1,000 m 1,200 m 1,200 m 1,300 m 1,400 m 1,300 m 1,300 m
Sunrise: 06:56
Sunset: 19:15
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Periods of occasionally heavy rain during the early hours of Friday morning, with a risk of thunderstorms. Outbreaks turning more showery towards dawn. A rather cloudy dawn with frequent blustery showers through the morning and afternoon, these turning heavy at times with a risk of thunderstorms. Gradually through the evening showers will turn lighter and less frequent.

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

10% or less soon increasing 70% as the rain clears to showers, with cloud occasionally descending onto hills around 500m in heavier showers, increasing 85% by late evening.

Visibility

Good falling moderate or poor in rain or showers.

Meteorologist's view

Challenging conditions with frequent heavy showers by day, bringing occasional hill fog and gales at height. Also feeling relatively cold in the wind chill.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

Saturday 22 September 2018

Sunrise: 06:58
Sunset: 19:13
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

A mix of isolated showers and sunny spells will largely hold sway through the day, however from the afternoon there will be a small chance of an area of cloud and more persistent rain spreading erratically from the south for a time.

Maximum wind speed expected

West mean speed 35-40mph with gusts 55mph, easing from dawn, becoming variable less than 10mph late evening.

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

85% for much of the day with bases mostly above the summits, briefly lowering 600m in showers, and perhaps more generally should the rain spread from the south later.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 5-7C
  • Valley Plus 3C rising 13C during the afternoon
  • Freezing level Above the summits

Visibility

Mostly good or very good, becoming moderate in showers and perhaps moderate to poor should the rain spread from the south later.

Sunday 23 September 2018

Sunrise: 06:59
Sunset: 19:10
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Scattered showers during the morning, perhaps merging to longer spells of rain for a time at first, then mainly dry and bright for the afternoon. Summit winds increasing to a fresh northerly. Freezing level above all summits.

Monday 24 September 2018

Sunrise: 07:01
Sunset: 19:08
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Perhaps the odd light shower cropping up on an otherwise dry and occasionally sunny day. Fresh summit winds easing. Freezing level above all summits.

Tuesday 25 September 2018

Sunrise: 07:03
Sunset: 19:05
Moon phase: Full

Dry with bright or sunny spells. Winds freshening later.

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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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