Mountain weather

Lake District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for Thursday and Friday. Some uncertainty in the extent of any rain on Sunday.

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Sunset:

This evening forecast

Starting off dry. Rain then spreading across all ranges from the southwest, occasionally heavy. Strong southerly winds, summit gales. Cloud lowering to 700 to 900 metres, especially across southern fells.

Sunrise:
Sunset:
Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

Hazards apply at or above 300m, reflecting the more severe conditions which can occur at altitude.

hazard Strong Sunlight
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.

Mountain weather forecast

Dry with some sunshine, breezy on the tops

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather
(at 800m)
Partly cloudy (night) Partly cloudy (night) Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Cloudy
Chance of precipitation
(at 800m)
20% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
900m S
36
SW
29
SW
17
SW
20
SW
24
SW
24
SW
25
S
28
600m S
28
SW
24
SW
13
SW
18
SW
23
SW
23
SW
20
S
20
300m S
11
SW
10
SW
4
SW
9
SW
12
SW
13
SW
10
S
6
Valley S
11
SW
10
SW
6
SW
10
SW
13
SW
13
SW
10
S
7
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
900m 45 36 21 26 33 33 33 33
600m 39 32 17 25 32 32 28 27
300m 29 24 12 20 27 26 23 19
Valley 28 23 13 20 25 25 22 20

Altitude above mean sea level
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
900m
600m
300m
10°
11°
13°
13°
11°
Valley
12°
11°
11°
13°
14°
14°
13°
11°
Freezing Level
1,800m
1,500m
1,300m
1,300m
1,200m
1,300m
1,400m
1,300m

Altitude above mean sea level
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
900m
-2°
-1°
-1°
600m
300m
10°
10°
10°
Valley
10°
10°
11°
11°
11°
11°
10°

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Cool, brisk winds expected at height.

Weather

All ranges will have a dry day with some lengthy spells of strong sunshine. Strong winds on the summits.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

90%

Low cloud and visibility

Very good visibility throughout the day with summits expected to be cloud free. Some thin, patchy cloud around 500 metres possible across western and southern fells first thing in the morning.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

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Sunset:

Mountain weather information

Weather

Dry in the morning, some hazy sunshine. Cloudy in the afternoon with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west, occasionally heavy. Turning clearer and dry in the evening. Windy, strong southerly summits winds.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

80%

Maximum wind speed expected

Southerly 25 to 35 mph on summits

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 8 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 7 rising to 16 Celsius
  • Freezing level Above summits

Low cloud and visibility

Poor in early low cloud down to 500 metres across southern fells, otherwise good visibility in the morning. Becoming poor at times in the afternoon as cloud lowers to 700 to 900 metres.

Mountain weather information

Sat 21 May

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Mainly dry with some sunny intervals. Brisk and cool southwesterly summits winds.

Sun 22 May

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Sunset:

Cloudy start with a little light rain, dry and bright by afternoon.

Mon 23 May

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Sunset:

Dry with some sunshine.

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Summit specific forecast

Mountain summit forecast map

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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).