Lake District Forecast
Includes the whole of Cumbria, and also the western Pennines North from Ingleborough.
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 3:21pm
Summary for all mountain areas
Severe or storm force upland gales across all mountain areas. A brief plunge of cold air will bring sudden squalls with snow and hail to the mountains, very frequent on some western mountains.
Headline for Lake District
Severe or storm force upland gales. Hail and snow showers.
How windy? (On the summits)
Northwesterly typically 60mph, gusts 80mph.
Effect of wind on you?
Difficult walking from valleys upward; and on higher areas, particularly near showers, any mobility very difficult. Severe wind chill.
Frequent showers; lightning
After heavy overnight rain, frequent showers, some heavy with hail and thunder. Snow sometimes below 550m. Threat morning of precipitation rarely ceasing over 2 or 3 hours southern fells. Very wet underfoot; streams & rivers in spate.
Cloud on the hills?
Varied cloud base, sometimes clearing
Rapid cloud base variation, from 450-600m near showers (and perhaps persistently some southern areas much of morning) to otherwise 700m or above - higher tops briefly clearing.
Chance of cloud free summits?
Sunshine and air clarity?
Bursts of sun. Dense fog intermittently higher areas; otherwise good visibility although a haze.
How Cold? (at 750m)
Varying rapidly between -1C and +2C; will feel as cold as minus 17 Celsius directly in the wind.
All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Until after the weekend over Highland Scotland, long bouts of upland gales - and on the W & NW Highlands, frequently raining with cloud shrouding the mountains. Snow on higher summits from Friday onwards. Less windy and wet over mountains in England and Wales, although extensive very low cloud and drizzly rain on Thursday. Then substantially dry - although threat persistent rain south Wales for a period Friday or Saturday.