Lake District Forecast
Includes the whole of Cumbria, and also the western Pennines North from Ingleborough.
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.
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)
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.