Mountain weather

Lake District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High at first for weather pattern but lower for shower detail, confidence falling by Wednesday as high pressure approaches from the west.

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This evening forecast

Dry with largely clear skies through this evening. Strong westerly 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 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 Thunderstorms
Lightning is a significant mountain hazard which can result in serious injury or death. Mountain terrain often leaves one highly exposed to lightning strikes. Hail may give unpleasant conditions with torrential rain and localised flash flooding also possible, mainly in Summer months.
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

Largely dry and sunny morning, heavy showers into the afternoon. Strong west to southwesterly winds.

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Weather
(at 800m)
Partly cloudy (night) Partly cloudy (night) Partly cloudy (night) Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Heavy shower (day) Heavy shower (day) Heavy shower (night)
Chance of precipitation
(at 800m)
10% 10% 10% 10% 30% 40% 70% 70%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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900m W
34
W
32
W
23
SW
23
SW
29
SW
34
SW
37
SW
37
600m W
27
W
28
W
20
SW
21
SW
27
SW
30
SW
31
SW
31
300m W
10
W
13
W
9
SW
11
SW
14
SW
15
SW
14
SW
15
Valley W
11
W
12
W
8
SW
12
SW
15
SW
15
SW
17
SW
17
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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900m 42 40 29 31 38 44 48 48
600m 37 38 27 29 38 41 44 44
300m 30 32 23 25 31 33 35 35
Valley 29 29 21 24 29 30 35 35

Altitude above mean sea level
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900m
600m
300m
Valley
Freezing Level
900m
800m
800m
900m
900m
1,000m
1,200m
1,100m

Altitude above mean sea level
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900m
-8°
-8°
-7°
-6°
-7°
-7°
-6°
-7°
600m
-4°
-5°
-4°
-2°
-3°
-3°
-3°
-4°
300m
Valley

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Feeling very cold at height, be prepared with appropriate layers.

Weather

Dry with largely clear skies during the overnight period, perhaps some patches of valley fog if winds fall light for a short time before dawn. Dry with sunny spells for much of the morning, perhaps the odd light shower by late morning. Heavy showers feeding in from the northwest into the afternoon, giving longer spells of rain at times, continuing into the evening.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

90%, falling 40% by mid-afternoon

Low cloud and visibility

Scattered cloud base 600-800m in association with showers. Visibility poor in any early fog. Otherwise good but reducing to moderate in showers.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Frequent heavy showers continuing to feed in from the northwest through Monday, falling as snow above 600m during the morning and 800m into the afternoon. Showers easing and clearing during the evening.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

30% improving 80% by late evening

Maximum wind speed expected

West or southwest 20-25mph gusting 35-45 mph

Temperature

  • At 800m Minus 3 rising to plus 1 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 4 rising to plus 7 Celsius
  • Freezing level 600-800m, rising 1000m later

Low cloud and visibility

Scattered or broken cloud base 500-700m in association with showers. Visibility good in dry interludes but moderate in rain and poor in snow.

Mountain weather information

Tue 16 Apr

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A drier day with sunny spells and a few showers. Freezing level 800-1000m, falling later. Moderate to strong northwesterly winds.

Wed 17 Apr

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Patchy cloud and a little rain possible on Wednesday. Freezing level 400-600m. Moderate to strong north to northwesterly winds.

Thu 18 Apr

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Cloudier, again with the chance of some rain. Freezing level lifting. Moderate westerly winds.

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