Lake District Forecast

Viewing Weather Forecast for Tuesday 20th February 2018

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

Forecast last updated on Monday 19th February 2018 at 2:22pm

Summary for all mountain areas

High pressure builds in from the west, and a weak front which crosses the country in the early hours moves away eastwards. A largely dry and bright day, with cloud breaks to many higher tops. Windy in the morning, up to gale force for the Pennines and Wales, but tending to ease. Temperatures sub-zero again on the mountains.

Headline for Lake District

Wind up to gale force at first; easing. Dry most or all day.

How windy? (On the summits)

Northerly, 35-40mph early morning, but tending to ease through day, toward 20mph by afternoon on Lakeland fells, but may remain nearer 30mph on Pennines.

Effect of wind on you?

Buffeting and significant wind chill higher areas in morning; walking may be arduous for a few hours, but conditions improving through the day.

How Wet?

Dry overall

A chance of residual snow (rain below 600m) on the Pennines at first, but soon all fading.

Cloud on the hills?

Most tops clearing

Banks of cloud below 700m in the morning, most extensive Pennines. Cloud base lifting to 900m or above, and most summits clearing by midday or early afternoon.

Chance of cloud free summits?

50% morning; 80% afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Generally bright with frequently sunny skies and very good visibility. Areas toward the Pennines may start dull, perhaps overcast for a few hours.

How Cold? (at 750m)

0 or 1C Feeling close to -15C where exposed to strongest wind in morning.

Freezing Level

Around 800m.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 21st February 2018

High pressure which briefly resides across Britain will become centred strongly over Scandinavia later this week, paving the way for very cold easterly winds to develop toward the end of February. Substantially dry conditions for the rest of this week, and most likely through the weekend. A risk of snow developing on eastern hills as the easterly winds arrive. After a brief lift above freezing at the start of this week, temperatures will be below freezing on the mountains for the foreseeable future, so the current snow-pack will substantially remain in place; probably well into March.