Lake District Forecast

The entire Lake District National Park, taking in all major summits, including Scafell, Helvellyn, Skiddaw, the Langdales and Old Man of Coniston. Also includes the Howgill Fells east of Kendal (the NW extension of Yorks Dales).

Viewing Weather Forecast for Wednesday 11th December 2019
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 4:20pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Extensively windy and cold, with frequent snow and hail on most, particularly western mountains. Whiteout in some areas, and lightning in places. Upland gales will be severe northern Scotland.

Headline for Lake District

Upland winds near gale. Frequent snow and hail.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly 35 or 40mph post dawn. Will slowly drop toward 25mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking arduous, particularly morning. Significant wind chill.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Snow/hail showers; sometimes precipitation very frequent. Risk lightning.

Snow and hail showers; sometimes frequent with the precipitation rarely ceasing over a couple of hours. Risk thunder. Mostly rain below 400m. Very wet underfoot; streams in spate.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensively covering the mountains

Cloud base continually changing. Occasionally higher tops briefly clearing, but overall persistent fog on higher fells, and near precipitation, fragments of cloud below 450m.

Chance of cloud free summits?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Bursts of sun, mainly valleys east Cumbria. Visibility intermittently very poor or in snow appalling.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-1C. Will feel as cold as minus 14C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

700m - some variation as precipitation comes and goes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 12th December 2019

Cold, intermittently windy and extensive snowfall on most mountain areas during the next week. Only occasionally will snow penetrate to affect access roads; nevertheless, snow will accumulate on many lower slopes. Generally precipitation will be focussed on western mountains; some eastern summits substantially dry.

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