Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Thursday 18th January 2018
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 2:20pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A deep low will clear quickly eastwards in the morning - early storm force winds in England & Wales will ease. Then another day of cold westerly winds bringing snow or hail showers frequently to western mountains. Isolated thunder. Driest and brightest in eastern Scotland.

Headline for Lake District

Upland gales. Snow and hail showers. Risk thunder.

How windy? (On the summits)

West to northwesterly, overnight up to 70mph, but easing before dawn. During daylight, generally 35 to 40mph; gusty during showers.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking often arduous on higher areas. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Overnight snow, then snow & hail showers; isolated lightning

A threat of persistent heavy snow overnight continuing toward dawn, but then fading during the early morning (rain probably only lowest slopes near coast). Then clusters of heavy showers spreading from the west, with snow or hail to low levels, locally frequent for several hours. Isolated thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Rarely clearing higher areas

Extensively shrouding most fells in the morning, but cloud base tending to lift and becoming more variable between showers. Often capping higher tops, but some breaks forming.

Chance of cloud free summits?

20% morning; 40% afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun developing. Below cloud, the air very clear, although visibility suddenly appalling in snow.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-2C Feeling like -15C or below where exposed to wind.

Freezing Level

500m; most terrain frozen, partial thawing lower slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 19th January 2018

Cold westerly winds will bring further clusters of snow or hail showers into western regions for the rest of the week. Fewer showers by Saturday as winds ease and pressure builds. However, a front which moves in from the south-west later Saturday into Sunday brings a risk of persistent snow in some areas, which may transition widely to rain as temperatures lift. A chance that across much of the Scottish Highlands, it remains as snow much of Sunday. Into next week, expect periods of rain or snow and possible gales, with cycles of freeze and thaw, although the Scottish Munros rarely above freezing point.

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