Mountain weather

Lake District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for mainly dry and settled conditions but lower confidence for cloud details. Low confidence for timing of rain arriving from the northwest on Wednesday.

This evening forecast

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Mostly cloudy evening with a few clear intervals across eastern fells. Areas of low cloud and fog above around 600m, mainly in the west. Feeling cold with fresh westerly winds on the tops.

Sunrise:
Sunset:
Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

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

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.

hazard Severe chill effect
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.

Mountain weather forecast

Mainly dry and cloudy. Cold and breezy with low cloud on the tops.

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Weather
(at 800m)
Fog Fog Fog Fog Fog Fog Fog Fog
Chance of precipitation
(at 800m)
<05% <05% <05% <05% <05% <05% <05% <05%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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900m W
19
W
21
W
20
W
18
W
18
W
17
W
14
SW
12
600m W
14
W
16
W
16
W
15
W
15
W
14
W
12
SW
10
300m W
7
W
8
W
8
W
7
W
8
W
7
W
5
SW
4
Valley W
7
W
6
W
8
W
7
W
8
W
7
W
6
SW
4
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 24 26 25 23 23 23 17 15
600m 21 23 22 21 20 19 17 14
300m 17 20 20 17 17 16 12 11
Valley 17 17 18 16 17 15 12 10

Altitude above mean sea level
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900m
-1°
600m
300m
Valley
Freezing Level
900m
900m
1,000m
1,100m
1,100m
1,200m
1,200m
1,100m

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

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Feeling cold on the tops, especially in the damp conditions up in the cloud. Valley temperatures close to freezing at first in the east under any clear breaks.

Weather

Mainly cloudy overnight, patchy frost in the east under any clear breaks. Cloudy across most fells but the odd bright spell is possible, mainly to the east of Helvellyn and Ambleside. Staying largely dry except for a few spots of rain but amounting to very little. Staying cloudy in the evening preventing a frost.

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

20% in west, 40% in east.

Visibility

Areas of low cloud and fog above 400 or 500m, most persistent across western and central fells giving navigational difficulties. Patchier cloud across eastern fells with higher slopes clearing at times. Mostly good visibility away from low cloud.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

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Sunset:

Mountain weather information

Weather

Mostly cloudy again and largely dry. A little light rain is possible, falling as snow above 700m, but amounts very small. Some brighter intervals, mainly in the east. Feeling cold at height.

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

20% in west, 40% in east.

Maximum wind speed expected

West or Southwest 15 to 20mph, gusting 30mph on high ridges and summits.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 1 Celsius, falling to Minus 1 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 3 Celsius rising to 7 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above summits overnight, falling to 800m in morning.

Visibility

Areas of low cloud and fog above 500m, most persistent across western and central fells giving navigational difficulties. Patchier cloud across eastern fells with higher slopes clearing at times. Mostly good visibility away from low cloud.

Mountain weather information

Monday 24 January

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Mostly cloudy with the odd spot of rain and summit snow. A little brightness, mainly in the east. Light southwesterly winds. Freezing level just above summits.

Tuesday 25 January

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Mostly cloudy with the odd spot of rain and summit snow. A little brightness, mainly in the east. Light southwesterly winds. Freezing level 900m.

Wednesday 26 January

Sunrise:
Sunset:

Expected to remain largely cloudy. Strengthening southwesterly winds with a chance of more persistent rain and summit snow late in the day.

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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).