Mountain weather

Lake District

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Lake District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for the weekend and Monday. Low on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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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 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.
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 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

Cloudy but mainly dry. Freshening winds.

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Additional weather information

Weather

Rather cloudy but mainly dry. Winds freshening across the tops through the afternoon and evening.

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

40-50% in the morning, occasional cloud above 500m, 90% or more in the afternoon.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

Visibility

Good outside of any low cloud.

Meteorologist's view

Nothing to add.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Dry and bright with mainly high level cloudy. Strong to gale force winds across summits.

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

90%, cloud bases generally well above the summits.

Maximum wind speed expected

South 35-40 gusting 55mph, occasionally 60mph in the evening.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 3 Celsius rising to 10 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 3 Celsius rising to 16 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Visibility

Good.

Mountain weather information

Monday 6 April

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Rain in the early hours clearing to mainly dry bright conditions. Cold with strong southwest winds. Freezing level above the summits falling to 1000m for a time.

Tuesday 7 April

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Dry and bright to start, most likely turning cloudier with a chance of rain later. Strong southwest winds, easing later. Freezing level well above the summits.

Wednesday 8 April

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Large uncertainties. Some patchy likely rain at times with lighter winds. Freezing level above the summits.

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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).