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 Friday 22nd March 2019
Forecast last updated on Thursday 21st March 2019 at 4:36pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Southwest winds; gale force across Lakes/N Pennines/S Uplands and storm force over the Highlands. Extensive low cloud across the hills with patches of drizzle ahead of a cold front that will push southeast through the day bringing a period of heavier rain to all hills. Colder air into Scotland later with snow showers in west.

Headline for Lake District

Upland gales, extensive hill fog and drizzly. Heavier rain developing in afternoon.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly 40-50mph, later in the afternoon veering westerly and easing towards 30-35mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Generally difficult conditions on higher areas, with powerful gusts exposed ridges and some passes. Significant wind chill.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Drizzly, heavier rain in afternoon.

A damp morning with frequent or at times persistent drizzle; especially across western and southern Fells. Perhaps drier towards N Pennines. A cold front will drift down from the northwest in the afternoon and bring a period of heavier rain; easing toward dusk.

Cloud on the hills?


Widely covering the fells, from lower slopes up south and west Lakes, and extensive above 500-600m many areas in rain. Local fleeting breaks may occur NE Lakes.

Chance of cloud free summits?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Little if any sun. Murky, visibility often reduced by drizzle.

How Cold? (at 750m)

Around 5C, but may lower to 0 or 1C toward evening and night. Feeling closer to -10C in exposure to strongest winds.

Freezing Level

Above the summits, but will drop toward dusk or into night to 800m or below.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 23rd March 2019

Colder conditions over the weekend with freezing levels ranging between 700 and 1000m. Snow or hail showers focused on W Scotland, becoming increasingly frequent through Sunday when another swathe of gales will affect the Highlands. Drier elsewhere, with just a few showers; these mainly across the Lakes and E Scotland. Into next week, higher pressure will extend across the UK bringing a period of quieter weather with lighter winds and occasional sunshine. Temperatures slowly rising by day, although frosts forming in the valleys/glens at night. Weak fronts may edge into W Scotland at times introducing some low cloud and drizzle here for a time.

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