Lake District Forecast
Includes the whole of Cumbria, and also the western Pennines North from Ingleborough.
Forecast last updated on Friday 19th December 2014 at 12:40pm
Summary for all mountain areas
Severe upland gales widely after dawn, although slowly from west the wind will ease. Snow showers, mainly western mountains (and Cairngorms in morning) although on lower slopes, particularly S Scotland southwards, rain.
Headline for Lake District
Upland gales easing. Snow showers.
How windy? (On the summits)
West or northwesterly, 50-55mph in morning, strongest Pennines, easing from west to 40mph into the afternoon.
Effect of wind on you?
Difficult walking conditions on higher areas; general mobility arduous in the morning. Severe wind chill.
Showers, of snow above about 600m, may be frequent for a few hours. Through the day, showers becoming fewer.
Cloud on the hills?
Varied base; occasionally clearing
Cloud base very varied; although rarely below 600m, and lifting toward or above 900-1000m away from showers. May tend to drop in the afternoon.
Chance of cloud free summits?
Sunshine and air clarity?
Bursts of sunshine, perhaps developing widely, before cloud tends to fill in from the west. The air very clear, but visibility deteriorating occasionally near showers.
How Cold? (at 750m)
1C. Will feel as cold as minus 15 Celsius directly in the wind in morning.
All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 21st December 2014
The outlook for the Christmas period is complicated (to say the least). Over the last few days model forecasts have shown a significant bias toward cold conditions (very low freezing level) after Christmas. The timing and longevity of this is very uncertain: A significant minority of model forecasts suggest several very cold days toward New Year, whilst others bring milder conditions back in, at least intermittently. Until then frequent upland gales, rain, or in Scotland intermittently snow falling to lower slopes.