Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Wednesday 1st April 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 31st March 2015 at 9:31pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Windy most mountain areas, although a gradual drop across hills in N England and S Scotland. Snow showers, to lower slopes across Scottish Highlands, elsewhere, rain on and off, but snow higher slopes. Borders and perhaps west to Galloway dry.

Headline for Lake District

Upland gales will ease slowly.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly 40 to 50mph, strongest during morning, easing slowly through the day, toward 30mph by late afternoon, perhaps 25mph by dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Widespread considerable buffeting; at times mobility difficult on higher areas, particularly morning. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow intermittently

Broadly, sudden showers morning changing gradually to intermittent steadier but lighter snow in the afternoon. Rain below about 350m.

Cloud on the hills?

Often covering tops

Cloud base below 600m during precipitation, but breaks to 800 to perhaps 900m. May lower extensively to or below 500min snow in the afternoon.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30% morning; 10% afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little sunshine due to thickening high level cloud sheet. The air very clear, but visibility appalling where in cloud and also snow.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-1C; feeling as cold as minus 16 Celsius where exposed to the wind in the morning.

Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 2nd April 2015

On Thursday the strongest winds will ease markedly, particularly for Scotland where it will be mainly dry. Precipitation will still come and go for Wales. By Good Friday, areas of early rain and snow will slowly break up for many areas. Easter weekend will bring much quieter weather, with light winds and dry conditions; some uncertainty by Monday as weak fronts approach western Scotland. Although the freezing level will rise above most summits, the Scottish Highlands in particular will broadly remain in 'winter' condition through the weekend, with at least part frozen terrain and recent snow on higher areas, which will melt only slowly.

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