Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Thursday 18th December 2014

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Forecast last updated on Wednesday 17th December 2014 at 1:51pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread upland gales, strongest in Snowdonia. Extensive low cloud and persistent rain, particularly western mountains south from Loch Lomond. Frequent snow showers north-west Scotland, but largely dry in the eastern Highlands.

Headline for Lake District

Upland gales. Low cloud and persistent rain.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly in the range 40 to 55, perhaps locally 60mph, strongest toward south, and to the east of major ridges there may be very strong gusts to low levels.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking difficult across the fells, locally any mobility arduous where exposed on higher areas. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Persistent rain

Rain likely to fall most or all day, heaviest western fells. Becoming very wet underfoot.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive low cloud

Cloud blanket across the fells to lower slopes although a few breaks above 650m northeastern fells.

Chance of cloud free summits?

Almost nil west; 10% eastern fells

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine not expected. Hazy, and extensively foggy across the hills.

How Cold? (at 750m)

4 to 6C; later in day may drop to 3C from north.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 19th December 2014

Frequent upland gales through to Christmas, particularly Scottish Highlands, although a lull developing during Saturday as a transient ridge of high pressure crosses the British Isles. Precipitation almost daily, particularly western mountains. Freezing levels rising above most mountain tops on Sunday as rain moves through, then frequent below freezing on Scottish summits next week. Elsewhere, most precipitation rain with freezing levels often above higher tops (although 600-800m Friday & Saturday). Signs of turning widely colder post-Christmas.

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