Lake District Forecast
Includes the whole of Cumbria, and also the western Pennines North from Ingleborough.
Forecast last updated on Sunday 21st December 2014 at 12:23pm
Summary for all mountain areas
Upland gales will continue to be widespread. Snow showers Scottish Highlands. Elsewhere, persistent low cloud and widespread rain, this concentrated western mountains where near north Irish Sea the rain often heavy or torrential.
Headline for Lake District
Severe upland gales; heavy rain. Flooding.
How windy? (On the summits)
Westerly 40 to 60mph.
Effect of wind on you?
Significant wind chill and difficult walking where exposed across higher areas.
Heavy/torrential rain; flooding highly likely.
Rain, often heavy or torrential rarely if ever ceasing. Breaks in rain toward Eden valley. Very wet underfoot, rivers in spate, paths increasingly flooding.
Cloud on the hills?
Extensive and very low
Blanket low cloud throughout the day, typical base 300 to 500m, highest northeastern fells.
Chance of cloud free summits?
Sunshine and air clarity?
No sunshine. Visibility often restricted by rain and widely foggy across the hills.
How Cold? (at 750m)
Above the summits.
All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 23rd December 2014
The outlook for the Christmas period remains complicated (with into the weekend after Christmas up to 40mb pressure difference near the UK in the numerous model forecasts run by the four main centres). Until Christmas frequent upland gales, rain, or in Scotland intermittently snow falling to lower slopes. Then a transient high will give lighter winds Christmas Day and perhaps Boxing Day England and Wales. Then further upland gales, and more likely than not over the weekend, areas of snow and freezing levels dropping rapidly. Toward New Year, forecasts now overwhelmingly resume often gale force westerly winds & frequent rain (or snow Scottish Highlands).