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Lake District Forecast

Lake District

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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Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Tuesday 26th October 2021
Last updated Mon 25th Oct 21 at 4:05PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread gales across the hills, severe on higher terrain, increasingly stormy. A period of rain associated with a warm front, leaving a legacy of drizzly rain and low cloud for many hills. In western Scotland, staying generally wet and heavier rain returns later.

Headline for Lake District

Upland gales, severe on high tops. Rain and drizzle.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, marked increase of speed with height to 40 to 50mph, at times nearer 60mph around higher summits. By evening, 70mph on higher terrain.

Effect of the wind on you?

Arduous conditions on the fells, walking difficult on tops; powerful gusts east of major summits and through elevated passes. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Rain and drizzle, heaviest in morning

Steady rain for a few hours in morning, heaviest toward west and south Lakes, patchier toward eastern Lakeland. West and southern fells likely to stay generally wet much of the day, mostly drizzly rain. Spots in the wind spilling eastwards.

Cloud on the hills?

Lowest south and west, breaks northeast

Low cloud likely to blanket the west and southern fells most or all day, often below 500-600m. Further north and east, cloud covering the fells for periods, may persist on some tops, but breaks likely at times above 600-700m.

Chance of cloud free summits?

10% south/west; 30% north/east Lakes.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, misty southwestern areas. Brief glimpses of sun toward northeast, visibility good below cloud.

How Cold? (at 750m)

5C rising to 9C, then little change onward into night. Where directly in the wind on tops, chill factor feels like -3C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Wednesday 27th October 2021
Last updated Mon 25th Oct 21 at 4:05PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, rapid increase with height to 50mph on the fells, but at times reaching 70mph on/near higher summits.

Effect of the wind on you?

Very difficult conditions on higher terrain. Ferocious gusts through elevated passes and just east of major tops.

How Wet?

Heavy or torrential rain

A very wet day is likely. Rain rarely ceasing, constant heavy falls setting in over many hours, torrential at times over west and south Lakeland. Streams rising to be in spate, flooding developing.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Blanket low cloud across the fells, to lower slopes in west and south Lakes. Highest cloud bases around 600m toward northeast Lakes, rare breaks.

Chance of cloud free summits?

10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Overcast, very poor visibility in rain. Occasional improvements northeast Lakes.

How Cold? (at 750m)

10C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Thursday 28th October 2021
Last updated Mon 25th Oct 21 at 4:05PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southerly, risk 30-40mph for part of the day, but during day may well drop much lighter, to 15-20mph or less.

Effect of the wind on you?

Beware of arduous conditions on the fells for a time, but may ease considerably.

How Wet?

More rain, flooding likely

Threat of further incessant falls of rain during the day, generally heaviest south and western fells, intensity may ease off. Saturated ground conditions, streams in full spate, likelihood of flooding.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Blanket low cloud across the fells most or all day. Highest bases toward north and northeastern fells, around 600-700m. Some general rise of cloud base possible through the day if rain eases.

Chance of cloud free summits?

10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Overcast and very poor visibility where rain continues. Some improvements northern areas.

How Cold? (at 750m)

7C

Freezing Level

Above the summits

Planning Outlook

Very wet across many mountains this week. Worst conditions focused on the Lakes and Wales by Wednesday-Thursday, where a slow-moving front brings prolonged heavy rainfall and a likelihood of flooding. Staying unsettled through into the weekend, often windy, periods of gale or severe gales continuing on the mountains. Above freezing through midweek, then becoming cooler. By the weekend into next week, colder conditions are expected to prevail, with higher Munros sub-zero for a run of days into the start of November. A marked lowering of freezing level is likely for a few days next week with showers of snow and hail on the hills at times.