Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at 7:15am

Summary for all mountain areas

Severe conditions particularly across the western Scottish mountains; upland gales strengthening toward storm force, snow and hail almost constant over several hours. Elsewhere, snow showers, most frequent toward west. Risk occasional lightning.

Headline for Lake District

Strengthening upland gales. Frequent snow and hail showers.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly, 35 to 45mph morning, increasing toward 50, or by mid-late afternoon, risk 60mph, gusts to 70mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting; walking widely difficult on higher areas. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent snow and hail showers; risk lightning

Snow and hail showers, may merge to near constant snow over 2-3 hours later in afternoon; perhaps sleet lowest slopes. Risk thunder and whiteout.

Cloud on the hills?

Tops rarely clearing

Varied cloud base, but only occasionally above 900-1000m, and around showers, may lower to 600m, perhaps shrouding hills over several hours.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30% western fells; 60% east & Pennines.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sunshine in and out, mostly eastern Fells. The air remaining very clear, but visibility suddenly appalling in cloud and snow.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-3C

Freezing Level

Around 400m. Slight melting of snow lowest, particularly coastal slopes.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 4th March 2015

Remaining cold on Wednesday with further snow and hail showers, although conditions easing. By Thursday, rain and snow on higher areas, particularly western Scotland. A rise in freezing level will result in a steady thaw of lying snow, most substantial lower slopes. Toward the weekend, high pressure building across southern Britain brings widespread milder air. However upland gales are expected across Scotland, and substantial precipitation (mostly rain) particularly the West Highlands; resulting in significant snow melt.

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