Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 19th December 2014

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Forecast last updated on Thursday 18th December 2014 at 1:51pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread severe upland gales, reaching storm force across the Scottish Highlands. Frequent snow and hail showers on western mountains, threat of lightning, particularly northern Scotland. Fewer showers and more sunshine England & Wales.

Headline for Lake District

Severe upland gales. Snow and hail showers.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly 55 to 70mph, gusts locally 80mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Buffeting from low levels up, and any mobility very difficult on higher areas. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow showers; isolated risk lightning

Showers, most frequent western Lakes, of hail or snow above about 500m. Fewer showers toward the east, perhaps rare on the Pennines. Isolated risk a rumble of thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Occasionally covering higher tops

Cloud will come and go on higher western fells, but toward the Pennines the summits often clearing.

Chance of cloud free summits?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sun, mostly toward Pennines. Visibility good away from showers, but suddenly reduced to near zero by cloud and snow.

How Cold? (at 750m)


Freezing Level


Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 20th December 2014

Few days without gales on the mountains up to Christmas. Precipitation almost daily, particularly western mountains. Freezing levels rising above most mountain tops on Sunday, resulting in a significant thaw. Next week intermittent cycles of freeze and thaw, but frequently below freezing on Scottish summits. Indications favour colder air spreading southwards around or after Christmas Day, with freezing levels dropping significantly, leaving most ground frozen from just above most valleys upwards, and snow falling to lower slopes.

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