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
Thursday 22nd October 2020
Last updated Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 2:30 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Despite an approaching ridge of high pressure, the remnants of fronts, will mean only a slow, although sustained improvement after extensive low cloud and patches of rain from dawn - particularly so central Britain. Strong winds will ease; becoming very light in Scotland.

Headline for Lake District

Gradually improving as extensive low cloud lifts and rain fizzles out.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly, 25 to 35mph, perhaps locally 40mph after dawn; easing to around 20mph by mid afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking arduous on higher areas morning, but will gradually become small.

How Wet?

Rain slowly fizzling out

Patches of rain after dawn will gradually fizzle out late morning or middle of day, leaving isolated showers.

Cloud on the hills?

Very extensive morning, but cloud base slowly rising, particularly east Cumbria

Fog will shroud the hills from dawn, covering lower slopes western fells. There will be a sustained improvement as cloud base slowly rises. By mid afternoon, most cloud will be above 500m, or 700m east Cumbria.

Chance of cloud free summits?

Almost nil post dawn, 40% from mid afternoon

Sunshine and air clarity?

Dull misty conditions will slowly clear later morning and middle of day. Eventually sunshine and very good visibility.

How Cold? (at 750m)

6C; will tend to drop during day.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Friday 23rd October 2020
Last updated Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 2:30 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, from dawn 40mph, but easing to 25mph from west later morning. Will strengthen toward 30mph afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking arduous on higher areas most of morning and again later in day.

How Wet?

Rain, mainly morning

One or two pulses of rain, lasting an hour or two before in afternoon improving to just the odd shower. In afternoon, sleet highest fells.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive morning; cloud base rising

Cloud forming lower slopes south Lakes and western fells elsewhere morning; breaks to 600m elsewhere. Then improving as cloud base rises to base 650m to 850m, highest northeastern fells.

Chance of cloud free summits?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sunshine afternoon. Visibility often poor morning, but then mostly good, although a haze.

How Cold? (at 750m)

Typically 3C; will tend to drop slowly through day.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Saturday 24th October 2020
Last updated Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 2:30 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southerly typically 70mph, easing to 45mph into afternoon, perhaps following a brief slight lull.

Effect of the wind on you?

Any mobility difficult and wind chill severe where exposed on higher areas, sudden gusts at times some lower slopes.

How Wet?

Rain, widely heavy, later clearing

Soon widely constant often heavy rain. After a break in the rain into the afternoon, there may be showers by dusk.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Blanket fog most most of day above 200-400m, but nearer 450 to 700m north Lakes. Will improve as cloud base rises by 200m or so later in day.

Chance of cloud free summits?

10%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare if any sunshine. Visibility very poor in heavy rain, but good at times later in day.

How Cold? (at 750m)

6C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Planning Outlook

A series of often intense lows will come in off the Atlantic, bringing periods of storm force winds to all mountain areas from the weekend. Rain will fall almost daily, particularly on western mountains, where considerable total rainfall. On higher areas, mainly the Scottish Highlands, snow will fall intermittently.