Lake District Forecast

Includes the whole of Cumbria, and also the western Pennines North from Ingleborough.

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 15th December 2017
Forecast last updated on Friday 15th December 2017 at 7:12am

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Summary for all mountain areas

Mountain terrain frozen. The remnants of a front will bring a little snow and low cloud southwards across England and Wales. Elsewhere, substantially fine with cloud lifting off most summits, although in N & NE Scotland snow and low cloud widespread.

Headline for Lake District

Higher terrain frozen. Windy. Patches light snow clearing. Fog higher fells gradually clearing.

How windy? (On the summits)

Northerly, 40mph morning. Will ease slowly toward 30mph from west during the afternoon.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking arduous on higher areas. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Isolated flurries only by midday

Morning: the remnants of a band of snow will give patches here and there, locally falling for an hour or so, particularly Pennines.

Cloud on the hills?

Gradually clearing

Extensive across the fells, mostly above 650m, although patches below 500m, mainly northern fells. The cloud will progressively break up from north, leaving only fragments on higher tops from midday onwards.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30% post dawn; rising to 90% by early afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of sunshine by late morning or midday Visibility will become excellent.

How Cold? (at 750m)


Freezing Level

500m although terrain at least partly frozen lower slopes and valleys.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 16th December 2017

Snow melt will be substantial from Sunday, although from Wednesday there will be a series of freeze thaw cycles on the Scottish Highlands. Rain (occasionally snow higher summits) intermittently W & NW Scotland, but elsewhere total rainfall small. Most forecasts indicate frequent stormy, often wet conditions from Christmas as a series of deep Atlantic lows come in. Intermittently snow will fall, particularly Scottish Highlands. However, a small minority of indicators suggest much colder, drier conditions eventually returning.

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