Mountain weather

Lake District

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Lake District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for a lot of quiet dry weather this week, lower regarding detail of any low cloud and light rain or showers.

This evening forecast

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Any showers early this evening over easternmost fells soon dying out, with a sunny end to the day for most. Perhaps some patchy summit cloud towards midnight bringing some hill fog. Light winds.

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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.

hazard Poor visibility
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.

Mountain weather forecast

A dry day with some sunny spells..

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Additional weather information

Weather

Dry overnight with variable cloud, and some patchy hill fog. A bright day with any thin cloud lifting and breaking to allow some good sunny spells. A sunny end to the day.

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

40% overnight and at first then rising to 90% or more from mid morning.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

Visibility

Away from any summit cloud at first, good or very good.

Meteorologist's view

A high UV index so sun protection recommended.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

A dry and bright day with good sunny spells. A high UV index brings a strong sunburn risk.

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

90% or more

Maximum wind speed expected

West 10-15mph.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 5 Celsius rising to Plus 10.
  • Valley Plus 3 at dawn rising to Plus 18 in the afternoon
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Visibility

Very good

Mountain weather information

Thursday 23 May

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Sunset:

Any low cloud burning off in morning. Then bright and mainly dry, with some sunshine at times, perhaps a light shower later. Light winds.

Friday 24 May

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A cloudy day, with a little patchy rain, but low confidence.

Saturday 25 May

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Uncertain, but likely to be a cloudy start with hill fog and drizzle then brightening up. A moderate west or southwest breeze on the tops.

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Summit specific forecast map

Summit specific forecasts for Lake District

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).