Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Wednesday 4th May 2016
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 3rd May 2016 at 3:30pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Brisk southerly winds most mountains - upland gales NW Highlands. Extensive low cloud in western Scotland, where patchy rain will gradually become persistent, but very little north of about Torridon. Elsewhere, substantially dry, patches of low cloud western hills, breaks north & east.

Headline for Lake District

Blustery winds. Mainly dry. Occasional low cloud west & south.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly 30 to 35mph, locally 40mph western Lakeland fells, but tending to increase more widely toward dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting where exposed on higher areas. Significant wind chill, particularly west.

How Wet?

Dry overall; drizzle south-west

Most of the region dry throughout the day. Patchy drizzle may occasionally affect southern and western coastal fells.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little; occasional patches west

Many perhaps all summits cloud free by late morning. Pennines likely widely clear. Intermittent patches of cloud likely to form on coastal fells toward west & south Lakes above 400 or 500m, although by afternoon should all clear.

Chance of cloud free summits?

60% west & south; 80% by late morning elsewhere; 90% Pennines.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of sunshine. Slight haze although generally very good visibility.

How Cold? (at 750m)

3 rising to 5 to 7C, highest northeastern fells; but where directly exposed to strongest wind, will feel like -5C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 5th May 2016

Increasingly warm through the rest of this week, particularly by Friday and weekend in England & Wales. Remaining windy on Thursday in Scotland, upland gales in NW. Friday will be largely dry - risk isolated bursts of rain later. This weekend, various plumes of thunderstorms and torrential rain are expected to spread from the south, locally setting in for several hours, likely focused on western regions, although detail currently very uncertain. Snow cover on higher tops will progressively thaw.

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