Lake District Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Sunday 29th November 2015
Forecast last updated on Sunday 29th November 2015 at 1:25pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Severe conditions, particularly England & Wales - storm force upland winds, plus prolonged rainfall, easing only later to showers. Winds not as strong in Scotland, but often gale force. Frequent to near-constant snow across most of the Highlands, falling to lower slopes, giving whiteout.

Headline for Lake District

Storm force upland winds; rain rarely ceasing, low cloud.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwest or westerly, 55 or soon 65 to 75mph, strongest middle of day, gusts over 80mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking widely very difficult; any mobility tortuous on higher areas. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain most of the day

Incessant rain, and intermittently snow higher tops (mainly around dawn, and again by dusk), often heavy although breaks in the rain northeastern fells. By late afternoon, breaking up into clusters of showers, but still frequent precipitation. Very wet underfoot.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive and widely very low

Blanket low cloud, from lower slopes up much of region, although breaks to 650m north Lakes east of about Borrowdale. Improving only late in the day to 500 to 700m.

Chance of cloud free summits?

Almost nil most of daylight.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine not expected. Visibility frequently poor due to precipitation and foggy across the hills.

How Cold? (at 750m)

2C rising briefly to 5C, but falling quickly from west to 0C after dark. Feeling close to minus 12 Celsius where exposed to wind.

Freezing Level

Above the summits, then dropping to 800m after dark.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 30th November 2015

A week of frequent upland gales and occasionally storm force upland winds, and particularly on western mountains precipitation at some stage almost daily resulting in considerable rainfall in total. Freeze-thaw cycles will occur on the Scottish Munros: the colder periods most lengthy, allowing snow to accumulate on higher areas. Further south, higher summits occasionally be below freezing point, but lying snow fairly transient. Indications favour a less wet, but perhaps still windy, period focused on next weekend (December 5/6).

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