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
Saturday 29th February 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

Summary for all mountain areas

A complex weather situation. An early zone of rain and upland snow clears away eastwards, with cloud breaking widely. Then another area of heavy snow spreads in from the west into the afternoon. Wind speeds varied; least windy northern Scotland, but increasingly stormy across hills of England & Wales.

Headline for Lake District

Becoming stormy on the fells afternoon. Threat snow setting in.

How windy? (On the summits)

Direction varied at first, soon mostly southwesterly; 35 to 45mph, perhaps brief lulls morning. Then strengthening abruptly into afternoon to 50-70mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Generally arduous conditions on the hills. Beware of changing conditions during afternoon making any mobility increasingly difficult plus severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow/whiteout increasingly.

Overnight snow & rain will clear east around dawn, leaving a few snow showers. Mid afternoon, abruptly deteriorating to sometimes heavy snow giving whiteout. Perhaps briefly hail and chance isolated thunder. Very wet underfoot lower slopes following previous heavy rain; streams in spate or flood.

Cloud on the hills?

Forming widely in snow

Patches after dawn will clear, with most summits cloud free for several hours. However, anticipate abrupt deterioration from west from about midday or into the afternoon as in precipitation fog quickly shrouds the hills.

Chance of cloud free summits?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

A few hours of intermittent bright sunshine and good visibility, ahead of cloud and appalling visibility in snow during afternoon.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-1 or -2C. Where exposed to strongest winds, later feeling close to -20C on high tops.

Freezing Level

Pre dawn above the summits; soon 500m and temporarily into afternoon 350m.

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Sunday 1st March 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

How windy? (On the summits)

West or southwesterly 45 to 60mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult conditions as walking or general mobility is difficult and wind chill severe.

How Wet?

Snow, perhaps incessant

Snow showers, sometimes frequent and heavy; also hail and risk thunder. Additionally risk that the snow may be incessant for several hours, possibly much of the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Cloud may shroud the hills all day, from lower slopes up toward the coast. Eastern fells may fare better for periods, but most higher slopes will probably remain cloud covered.

Chance of cloud free summits?

10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Little or no sunshine and areas of very poor or appalling visibility.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-2C

Freezing Level

550m

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Monday 2nd March 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly, speeds varied (detail uncertain), short lived lulls, but often 30mph, risk at times 45mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Expect buffeting and significant wind chill across the hills; conditions may vary through the day.

How Wet?

Showers, snow on hills

A few showers spreading from west, snow or hail flurries on the hills, mostly rain lower slopes. May become frequent for a few hours western Lakeland.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive higher slopes

Cloud bases varied depending on extent of precipitation. Sometimes shrouding the hills for periods above 500-700m, lowest western fells, and may often cover high tops. Breaks best toward east.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun, most common eastern fells. Visibility often very good, but at times very poor if in snow.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-1 or -2C.

Freezing Level

500-600m, perhaps lower from dawn; may rise slightly further in afternoon.

Planning Outlook

Remaining cold into the start of March, with westerly winds generally prevailing. Scottish mountains staying sub-zero much of the time, whilst England & Wales will see periods of freeze and thaw, and snow more often confined to higher slopes. Precipitation remaining focused on western mountains. Lower terrain staying very wet underfoot. Wind speeds varied, occasional lulls, but also gales at times. Some indications of higher pressure into the second week of March.