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Viewing forecast for Thursday, 17th April, 2014

Forecast last reviewed on Wednesday, 16/04/14 at 16:21


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Summary for all mountain areas

A complicated day weatherwise as two weak fronts bring mainly low cloud southwards, followed by a few showers, of snow to fairly low levels. Windy; widespread gales Scottish Highlands, Least wind hills in mid and south Wales.


Headline, The Lake District

Windy and extensive cloud higher fells.


How Windy?

Westerly 25 to 35mph; speeds varying through the day.

Effect Of Wind?

Buffeting widely on the hills, considerable on highest tops.


How Wet?

Rain occasionally

Rain at first will clear away southwards. Then dry for a few hours. Then bursts of rain middle of the day or into the afternoon, before improving to rare brief showers. Sleet highest tops.


Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on higher areas

Cloud base will vary. Widespread cloud across the hills base sometimes 400m or lower, but often 500 to 700m. Later in afternoon, cloud base will lift to 700 to 850m, generally highest east.

Chance of cloud free Summits?

10%; rising to 60% later afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine occasionally, mainly late in day. Varied visibility, at times widely foggy across the hills, but particularly later afternoon, visibility very good.


How Cold? (at 750m)

4C dropping to 1C.

Freezing level

Above the summits.


Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Friday, 18th April, 2014

Wind speeds low through most of the Easter Weekend, and increasingly turning easterly. The Weekend will be substantially dry on the mountains. However, rain will spread into Wales and later N England (possibly Southern Uplands) on Sunday. The detail for Monday is uncertain. Most likely rain will reach the Scottish Highlands, but some or most areas will have very little, whilst showery elsewhere. Fairly mild with sustained slow snowmelt Scottish Highlands.


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