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Viewing forecast for Friday, 25th April, 2014

Forecast last reviewed on Thursday, 24/04/14 at 15:36

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Summary for all mountain areas

A front will bring a blanket of very low cloud westwards, although some western mountains will be clear of cloud, at least for a few hours. Heavy showers will develop, particularly across England and E Wales, these later merging to give northward moving areas of thundery rain.

Headline, The Lake District

Low cloud will extend west. Increasingly windy and wet.

How Windy?

Easterly, 20mph, tending to strengthen toward 25mph afternoon and 30mph evening.

Effect Of Wind?

Small before buffeting becomes widespread later in day.

How Wet?

Showers; and areas of heavy rain toward evening; risk lightning

Showers developing afternoon. But toward and during evening, the rain becoming widespread and heavy with risk thunderstorms.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive and very low east. Will tend to extend west.

Pennines: persistent very low cloud from lower slopes upward. Elsewhere: patches of low cloud at first may clear the summits for a while, but increasingly in the afternoon and evening, areas of low cloud, mostly above 500m will extend westwards.

Chance of cloud free Summits?

Almost nil Pennines; 60% later 20% elsewhere

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun morning toward west; sunless Pennines where dull and murky and foggy on even many lower slopes. Increasingly hazy from the east across the Lakeland fells.

How Cold? (at 750m)

5C to 7C, highest in areas free of low cloud from midday.

Freezing level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Saturday, 26th April, 2014

Windy on the mountains (particularly Wales and Scottish Highlands) and areas of low cloud and rain on Saturday. Less windy, and generally showery on Sunday, though the low cloud will persist on some eastern mountains. Early next week, over 2 or 3 days turning colder from the north. There will be showers, but by about Thursday substantially dry with the air very clear. Thaw of snow will cease (except where in the sun) for 2 or 3 days, and in valleys, there may well be overnight frost.

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