Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Thursday 27th October 2016
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 26th October 2016 at 2:24pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Upland gales north from northernmost England; less windy progressively southwards. Almost blanket fog most mountains, but the cloud base will rise eastwards giving breaks to some higher eastern tops. Pockets drizzle western hills, but band rain moving SE across Highlands.

Headline for Lake District

Upland gales; low cloud, a little rain.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, in the range 35 to 50mph - will tend to strengthen during daylight.

Effect of wind on you?

Marked increase of wind speed with height: walking arduous on/near major ridges, summits, and through some passes. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

A little rain

Rain and drizzle occasionally, mainly south Lakes and western fells elsewhere. Rain rare if any north Lakes east of about Borrowdale.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive across the fells

Shrouding most or all fells all day; lowest cloud base toward west & south, often from lower slopes up near Irish Sea. Highest cloud base north Lakes east of about Borrowdale, where mostly between 600 and 800m.

Chance of cloud free summits?

Less than 10% much of region; but 30% north Lakes east of Borrowdale

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare glimpses of sun valleys north Lakes. Haze; fog most hills.

How Cold? (at 750m)

7C. Will feel as cold as minus 5 Celsius directly in the wind.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 28th October 2016

The period of westerly winds will be short lived. Models run by the main centres continue to show 'anomalous' conditions well into November. Winds will only rarely be westerly, minimising rainfall on western mountains, indeed most or all mountain areas will continue drier than normal. Temperatures will remain above normal on the hills for a week or so, but then a significant number of forecasts flip to a colder northerly. There may well be a lengthy period next week where fog, haze and general murk shroud lower slopes, but higher areas (above an inversion) may well be in exceptionally clear air).

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