Lake District Forecast

Viewing Weather Forecast for Saturday 14th December 2019

The entire Lake District National Park, taking in all major summits, including Scafell, Helvellyn, Skiddaw, the Langdales and Old Man of Coniston. Also includes the Howgill Fells east of Kendal (the NW extension of Yorks Dales).

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Forecast last updated on Friday 13th December 2019 at 3:50pm

Summary for all mountain areas

A complex area of low pressure to the north and west of Scotland brings a risk of snow setting in for periods for the W/NW Highlands. Smaller amounts of snow toward east. Frequent snow also for western hills of England & Wales. Widespread upland gales and severe wind chill, expect perhaps N Scotland.

Headline for Lake District

Upland gales; threat sustained snow and whiteout.

How windy? (On the summits)

West to southwesterly, 40 to 55mph throughout the day.

Effect of wind on you?

Arduous or at times difficult conditions with blowing snow and severe wind chill across higher terrain.

How Wet? (Precipitation and its impact)

Risk snow rarely ceasing

Areas of snow spreading from the west, risk persistent over several hours at a time giving whiteout across the fells. Heavy at times with chance of hail. Smaller amounts toward north & eastern fells. Sleet only lowest slopes.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive across hills

Banks of cloud across higher slopes, forming to lower levels for periods particularly western fells.

Chance of cloud free summits?


Air clarity (below cloud)

Limited if any sun. Visibility appalling in snow and low cloud, but sometimes very good eastern areas.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-2C. In strongest wind on highest tops, wind chill feeling close to -20C.

Freezing Level

Much upland terrain frozen, at least above 300-400m with snow cover.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Sunday 15th December 2019

Staying cold through into early next week. Most mountain terrain frozen, to lower slopes in Scotland. Some substantial snowfalls, with snow lying from many lower slopes up away from immediate coasts. Most precipitation focused on western mountains. Winds very varied, sometimes gale force, but also some lulls. Quieter conditions briefly early next week. A gradual but complex rise of freezing level from the south through midweek, although Scottish mountains may well stay substantially frozen. Rain preceded by snow extending in from the southwest.