Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Wednesday 28th January 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 12:40pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A sudden change from the NW to all mountains: Temperatures will drop below freezing point; severe upland gales will be widespread, and concentrated on western mountains as far south as those near the N Irish Sea, frequent heavy snow/whiteout, hail and sometimes thunder.

Headline for Lake District

Frequent storm force upland winds; snow, hail; risk thunder.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly, in the range 50 to 70mph. Sudden squalls may bring gusts locally to 90mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking conditions and severe wind chill even low levels. Any mobility often tortuous higher levels. Severe or extreme wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent snow & hail; lightning

Squally, heavy snow and hail showers, sometimes merging into near constant snow over an hour or two - although there may be a few hours in morning with little precipitation. Intermittent whiteout; thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Often covering the hills

Rapidly changing cloud base; extensively covering higher areas, and dropping below 500m near precipitation. Rare breaks to higher tops.

Chance of cloud free summits?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sunshine. Visibility briefly excellent, but frequently appalling or near zero where in cloud and snow/blowing snow.

How Cold? (at 750m)

Suddenly dropping several degrees soon after dawn to -3 and in afternoon -5C. Will feel as cold as minus 24C directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Above the summits at dawn; then very rapidly dropping to 400m, and then gradually through day toward 200m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 29th January 2015

Cold conditions will persist until well into next week, although a slight rise in freezing level until Saturday. Snow will be concentrated on northern and western mountains. With several small lows moving south, there will be extensive severe upland gales, although some areas will have a marked lull for a few hours. Much less windy for 2 or 3 days early next week, after which less cold conditions may percolate eastwards.

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