Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 24th February 2017
Forecast last updated on Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 1:07pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A lull in the weather as a transient ridge of high pressure crosses Britain. There will be a lull in wind, showers mostly restricted to W & NW Highlands and cloud confined to higher summits. However, deteriorating afternoon western areas: wind strengthening, later snow.

Headline for Lake District

Lull in morning (light wind, dry); then deteriorating: windy and snow.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly 20 to at first 25 or 30mph. Later afternoon beginning to strengthen to reach 30mph again at dusk. Then 50-65mph overnight.

Effect of wind on you?

Small most of daylight; but will impede ease of walking post dawn and again from about dusk.

How Wet?

Precipitation, mainly later afternoon

Occasional snow showers morning, rain below 300m. Rain will begin to envelop Cumbria from west later afternoon and the rain persistent after dark. Snow above 600 to 750m.

Cloud on the hills?

Hills substantially cloud free

Cloud rare on summits below 800m by late morning, and intermittently clearing higher tops. Into, perhaps not until later afternoon, cloud will slowly lower onto the hills again although by dusk perhaps from lower slopes south Lakes and westernmost fells elsewhere.

Chance of cloud free summits?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine intermittently before giving way from west in afternoon as high level cloud thickens. Visibility excellent.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-1C; will rise slowly through day.

Freezing Level

550m rising from west to 650 to perhaps by dark, 750m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 25th February 2017

Continued frequent precipitation and upland gales until Monday. Temperatures will drop below freezing point across the Scottish Highlands later Saturday and on higher summits in England and Wales early next week. Through next week, still precipitation from time to time, but higher areas, even into England and Wales will be frequently sub-freezing. Indeed periods of thaw on the Sottish Munros may well be rare.

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