Lake District Mountain Weather Forecast

Get the latest Lake District mountain forecast right here – updated automatically everyday straight from the MET Office. Here you can browse current mountain weather conditions and then a detailed forecast for the week ahead. The weather can change pretty rapidly in the Lake District and especially once you gain some altitude – bookmark this page so you don’t get caught out by the weather!

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Today: Thursday 21 March

Mostly cloudy with hill fog in west, sunny spells developing in east

A mostly cloudy day across western and southern fells with patchy light rain and drizzle. However cloud across more eastern and northern fells should break up with some bright or sunny spells developing. Cloud increases again through the evening. Continuing thaw of any remaining snow.

High for mild weather through Thursday and much of Friday then cooler over the weekend but lower for cloud amounts, and timing of the rain later on Friday

Visibility

Good, occasionally very good in the north and east, falling to several kilometres in any rain and drizzle.

Cloud Free Hill Top

Little chance across southern and western fells with periods or persistent cloud above about 450m but becoming around 40% through the morning across northern and eastern fells with cloud more occasional above 750m at times.

View

Gusts around 45mph over ridges and summits later. Valley daytime temperatures, especially in the north and east, likely to reach 12 or 13 Celsius.

Ground conditions

Wednesday 20 March Helvellyn summit at 1140. Ground conditions were very similar to Tuesday, albeit with slightly less snow as the thaw continues - it was plus 6 degrees on the summit just before midday and either drizzling or simply damp within the cloud. Either way, the precipitation was in liquid form which will hasten the thaw. There is no snow below 700m. Above 700m there are isolated patches of snow in sheltered spots and hollows and these grow in frequency and size with altitude. That said, however, large areas of the fells up to and including summit level are now free from snow especially on west facing aspects; eg on the Swirrls footpath up Helvellyn (from the Thirlmere side) no snow patches were seen until 850m and no snow was covering the path until 900m - and this was easily avoidable. The greatest accumulations lie above 800m on predominantly E facing slopes where, mainly above 900m, there are drifts that can still swallow a 55cm ice axe. The snowpack was almost all soft, but, especially above 900m, there were isolated patches of harder snow which could take your weight and/or you could slip on. As the majority of the snow is at altitude, it would only take a slight drop in temperature for the snowpack to refreeze so walkers heading for the high fells on Thursday should be prepared to encounter hard snow and ice.There are cracks in the cornices above E and N facing slopes - some of which have been in-filled with snow/spindrift. Although the cornices have reduced in size, they remain extremely unstable so please keep well clear of such edges and advise those with less experience to do likewise. There is now quite a difference in the Lake District between conditions in the daffodil-filled valleys and the high fells. The summit windchill was around zero, so full winter clothing (waterproofs, warm layers, hat & gloves), footwear and equipment remain essential for anyone venturing out onto the fells. For those going above the snowline and attempting, or just traversing, steep and exposed slopes an ice axe remains essential and crampons must be carried in case ice or hard snow is encountered. This is especially the case for anyone attempting Swirral and Striding Edges - the exits to which are still both banked out with unavoidable, steep, deep snow - some of which was hard snow today. This is not a place to slip without the means of stopping yourself. Owing to the both the height and east facing nature of this unavoidable snow it will probably be the last snow to thaw so will present a serious hazard for a while. There are now plenty of other, snow-free options up Helvellyn for those without the correct equipment or experience.Temperature: plus 6.0 C. Maximum wind speed 21.4 mph. Wind chill: plus 0.5 C. Average wind speed: 16.7 mph

06:00 - 09:00

Precipitation probability:

30%

09:00 - 12:00

Precipitation probability:

40%

12:00 - 15:00

Precipitation probability:

10%

15:00 - 18:00

Precipitation probability:

10%

18:00 - 21:00

Precipitation probability:

20%

21:00 - 24:00

Precipitation probability:

30%

Tomorrow: Friday

Mostly cloudy, especially in the south and west with patchy rain and drizzle, although once again eastern and northern fells likely to see some bright or sunny spells developing around the middle of the day. During the afternoon the cloud is expected to thicken with more persistent rain spreading south through the early evening before clearing later.

Visibility

Good, occasionally very good in the north and east, falling to several kilometres in rain and drizzle.

Hill Fog

Little chance across southern and western fells with periods or persistent cloud above about 450m, becoming around 40% for a time around the middle of the day across northern and eastern fells with cloud more occasional above 750m at times. Chances improve considerably towards midnight.

Max wind

Southerly or southwesterly 25-30mph increasing 35mph, gusts 55mph, over ridges and summits by midday. Winds veer westerly in the evening and ease.

Temperature

Valleys - Around plus 8 Celsius rising to 12 or 13 Celsius by day

800m - Plus 4 Celsius, falling to plus 2 Celsius towards midnight

Freezing level - Well above the summits falling to around 900m towards midnight

Saturday

Cooler with sunny spells and showers, falling mainly as snow above about 450m. Fresh westerly winds easing. Freezing level around 600m.

Sunday

A bright, chilly start but cloud increasing with outbreaks of rain developing towards midday, some summit snow, before clearing later. Strengthening westerly or northwesterly winds. Freezing level rising to 1000m.

Monday

Rather cloudy with showers, falling increasingly as snow above about 600m, the best of any brighter or sunnier spells likely in the east. Occasionally strong northwesterly winds easing. Freezing level falling to 800m.

Issued: Thursday 21st of March 2019 03:19:56 AM