Lake District Forecast

Covers all upland areas in the region of Cumbria - including Pennine fells and thus overlaps with NW extension to Yorkshire Dales NP.

Viewing Weather Forecast for Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 at 2:20pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A cold but generally dry and sunny day for many areas. Terrain widely frozen from valleys upward following some very low night temperatures. Local snow showers or flurries, focused around western coastal hills. Fragments of cloud on some higher slopes. The air very clear.

Headline for Lake District

Generally dry, sunny. Terrain frozen. Wind fairly light.

How windy? (On the summits)

Northwesterly 15mph, at times less Pennines.

Effect of wind on you?


How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Substantially dry

Much of the region dry all day. Isolated brief snow showers or flurries.

Cloud on the hills?

Fells often free of cloud

Typically cloud base 850m or above, with summits in south Lakes and Pennines rarely covered. Patches locally may linger on western Lakeland fells, lowering briefly to 600m around any snow flurries.

Chance of cloud free summits?

60% west Lakes; 80% elsewhere.

Air clarity (below cloud)

Patchwork of sun, most extensively sunny toward Pennines. The air extremely clear, rarely reduced if snow flurries occur.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-3C. Where exposed to wind, feeling close to -10C.

Freezing Level

Almost all terrain frozen from valleys up. Partial thawing lowest coastal areas and elsewhere on some lower sunlit slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 24th January 2019

Cold conditions are expected to prevail across the mountains over the next week or fortnight - perhaps longer. Mountain temperatures will frequently be sub-freezing, often to lower slopes in Scotland. Wind speeds very varied day-to-day, at times up to gale force with severe chill factor. Over the next 5 days or so, winds will be mostly from the west or northwest, allowing briefly less cold air to affect England & Wales in particular. Whilst there is some uncertainty, indications into next week favour a cyclonic situation, with areas of precipitation circling around a broad area of low pressure, with scope for locally substantial snowfalls on the mountains. A northeasterly flow may well emerge for a few days.

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