Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 23rd March 2018
Forecast last updated on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 3:45pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A complex area of low pressure pulls away from Scotland, but leaves a legacy of snow and rain across the Highlands, breaking up into showers through the day. Locally frequent showers for northern England, but Wales should be largely dry. Winds varied, up to gale force for a few hours, focused on the Lakes/Pennines & Snowdonia in the morning.

Headline for Lake District

Rain on and off, but locally persistent. Upland gales easing.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwest veering westerly through the morning, 40 to 50mph until about midday, then easing through afternoon toward 25mph, then 20mph or less by dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Widely difficult walking with frequent buffeting and significant wind chill in morning, improving during afternoon.

How Wet?

Rain locally persistent for several hours, snow high tops

Areas of rain (snow above 700m), frequent or persistent for several hours, focused on western fells. Tending to break up into showers, and slowly fading toward dusk.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher areas, lifting slowly

Covering many fells in the morning, above 600-700m, perhaps lower western Lakes. Cloud base lifting through the day, and some breaks may form to higher tops in afternoon.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30% morning; 60% afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Some glimpses of sun breaking through, especially across eastern areas in the afternoon. Visibility poor at first, and where rain lingers, but tending to improve.

How Cold? (at 750m)

1C Feeling close to -15C where exposed to strongest wind in morning.

Freezing Level

900 to 1000m

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 24th March 2018

A cool westerly pattern this weekend, with temperatures sub-zero above 700-800m, and overnight frost in valleys. Scattered showers, focused on western Scotland, but plenty of dry and bright weather. Cloud breaking to many high tops and visibility excellent. A chilly breeze, although winds relatively light for many areas. Changeable next week, with frontal systems approaching from the Atlantic, but then a switch to colder northerly winds from midweek and toward Easter. The freezing level dropping widely, and very cold conditions are possible on many mountains. Further accumulating snowfalls are likely, although detail is uncertain.

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