Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Monday 24th April 2017
Forecast last updated on Monday 24th April 2017 at 7:07am

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Summary for all mountain areas

A cold front passing southwards brings a marked change to Arctic air. Heavy showers of snow and hail spread from the north, merging into constant precipitation for several hours in Scotland. Winds up to gale force. Whiteout and severe wind chill Scottish mountains.

Headline for Lake District

Increasingly cold. Snow & hail showers. Gales later.

How windy? (On the summits)

Northwesterly, strengthening 20 to 30 by early afternoon, then 40mph by late afternoon, or 45-50mph by evening.

Effect of wind on you?

Deteriorating to give arduous walking and significant wind chill by afternoon and evening.

How Wet?

Brief rain, then hail & snow showers; deteriorating later.

Rain temporarily early morning. Then scattered brief hail and snow showers, becoming heavier and more frequent from north by early evening, and in northern areas, may set in for an hour or more toward dusk; snow to increasingly low levels.

Cloud on the hills?

Very little by midday

Cloud widely on higher areas at dawn, may persist for several hours, but will all clear. By dusk, reforming on high tops where snow develops.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40% morning; 80% afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of bright sunshine and often excellent visibility spreading southwards early morning. Late in day, becoming very poor due to snow.

How Cold? (at 750m)

3C dropping to 1C during morning, then -2C by evening. Where directly exposed to strongest wind, feeling like -15 Celsius.

Freezing Level

Above the summits at dawn. During morning will drop to around 750m, then by evening to 400m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 25th April 2017

An Arctic air mass encompasses the British Isles bringing winter-like conditions during midweek. Freezing levels will be very low. Widespread snow and hail showers, sometimes frequent, or near constant northern Scotland. Significant wind chill. Less cold from about Thursday onward as winds back westerly. Frontal systems moving in from the Atlantic are likely to bring periods of rain and upland gales heading into the May Day weekend, although a gradual improvement may develop.

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