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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 22nd September 2020
Last updated Monday 21st September 2020 at 4:09 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Gales or severe gales across Scottish mountains. Upland gales also extending to northern England, plus Snowdonia for a time. Low cloud and patchy rain many hills, becoming more persistent. Heavier rain sets in across W/NW Scotland, most widely afternoon.

Headline for Lake District

Upland gales strengthening. Rain most frequent south/west.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, 30-35mph, strengthening through morning to 45mph, gusts over 60mph higher fells afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking impeded, soon becoming arduous or in places difficult where exposed on higher areas. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Generally damp west/southern fells

Drizzly rain fairly persistent on hills nearest Irish Sea coasts, extending inland at times. Odd bursts of rain, but totals generally small. However, may fill in across south Lakes to give constant rain over several hours middle of day or afternoon. Very little reaching N/NE Lakeland fells. Into the night, heavier rain moves in from west.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive, lowest south/western fells.

Higher hills generally cloud covered above 650 to 800m, highest base north Lakes. However, the cloud base often lower west and southern fells, and in rain will form on lower slopes, persistent most or all day.

Chance of cloud free summits?

10% south/western fells, to 40% NE from Borrowdale.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun mostly north Lakes. Visibility generally very good below cloud, although a haze. Will become poor in rain, murky southwestern fells.

How Cold? (at 750m)

8C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Last updated Monday 21st September 2020 at 4:09 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Variable, may be mostly northerly, sometimes 10mph, but often in range 15-25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small, but notable wind chill where exposed on tops.

How Wet?

Occasional hail showers

Overnight rain likely to break up and clear southeastwards before or around dawn. Then often dry, but expect scattered showers, with hail sometimes to low levels.

Cloud on the hills?

Breaking away from rain

Fairly extensive cloud from dawn, becoming gradually confined to higher slopes and some breaks may occur above 800m. Patches locally below 600m around showers.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Cloud layers gradually breaking up to give some sunshine. Visibility mostly very good, occasionally poor around rain.

How Cold? (at 750m)

5C

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Thursday 24th September 2020
Last updated Monday 21st September 2020 at 4:09 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Low confidence: East or northeasterly, 15 to 25mph, perhaps 30-35mph for a time.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small, but risk blustery and chilly on higher areas at least part of day.

How Wet?

Risk persistent rain

A zone of rain is expected to pivot across northern England - duration of heavier rain very uncertain. Risk of rain persistent over several or many hours, but may break up into showers.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive in rain

Likely to cover higher fells much of the day, but forming widely to lower levels if rain sets in. Away from rain, some breaks may occur.

Chance of cloud free summits?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly little sun due to layers of high cloud. Visibility very good away from rain, but poor if rain sets in.

How Cold? (at 750m)

5C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

Varied conditions beyond midweek as complex lows pivot eastwards across Britain. Most rain may well be focused across England, Wales & southern Scotland, with only well scattered showers for much of the Scottish Highlands - excellent visibility and good cloud breaks. Some marked lulls in wind, but for periods up to gale force - northerly by Friday. Generally chilly up to Saturday with higher mountains near or just below freezing point, and overnight frost in some valleys. Over the weekend, westerly winds are expected to return, with rain, low cloud and less cold temperatures.