Mountain weather

Lake District

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Lake District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for the general trends, but low for rain on Wednesday evening, and on Thursday when there is a small chance that a deeper depression may bring more persistent rain.

This evening forecast

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A mainly dry evening with cloud and patchy hill fog lifting and any remaining patches of light rain dying out. Light wind.

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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

Much of the day dry and bright, with the best of the sunshine before mid morning. Clouding over later with the chance of the odd shower and even some more persistent rain in the evening.

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Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

It's not certain that the low cloud and rain will arrive on Wednesday evening

Weather

Cloud breaking up further overnight with some clear periods and a chance of some isolated low level fog patches either side of dawn. Then a bright mainly day, with some good sunny periods until mid morning, before cloud builds up. This mainly thin and above the tops but perhaps enough for a light shower. In the evening lower cloud and patchy rain may edge up into the south of the Lake District.

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

More than 90% though the day, then falling to 70% in the evening reflecting the chance of some lower cloud affecting southern summits.

Visibility

Very good generally, perhaps reducing in the evening in the south .

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Details uncertain, looking like a dry start with variable cloud then an increasing chance of a few heavy showers in the afternoon and evening. A lower likelihood alternative is for more widespread and persistent rain.

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

60%, with uncertain cloud amounts but most hill fog likely to be associated with showers.

Maximum wind speed expected

Variable direction, 10-15mph.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 8 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 11 Celsius rising to Plus 17.
  • Freezing level Above the summits

Visibility

Mostly good but falling moderate perhaps poor in any heavier showers.

Mountain weather information

Friday 10 July

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A bright day with sunshine and a few passing showers which could be heavy. Moderate to fresh northwest breeze on the tops.

Saturday 11 July

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A sunny start then some cloud building up but this remaining clear of the tops and it will stay mostly dry and bright with further sunny interludes. Perhaps the odd light shower. Gentle westerly breeze.

Sunday 12 July

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A dry morning and early with some sunshine, then clouding over with some light rain developing, along with some hill fog.

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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.

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