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!

Todays Weather warnings

Severe Chill Effect

High Likelihood risk

Poor Visibility

Low Likelihood risk

Blizzards

No weather warnings in effect

Heavy Persistent Snow

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Storm Force Winds

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Gales

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Thunderstorms

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Heavy Persistent Rain

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Strong Sunlight

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Today: Friday 23 February

Sunshine and scattered showers on Friday, wintry at height.

A mix of patchy cloud, clear or sunny spells and scattered showers throughout the day. These showers falling as snow above 500m and heavy at times.

High confidence, becoming moderate from Sunday on development of low in the south.

Visibility

Few or scattered cloud base 500-700m in association with showers. Visibility poor in hill fog or snow, slightly reduced in rain, otherwise good.

Cloud Free Hill Top

70%

View

Feeling very cold, especially at height, be prepared with appropriate layers.

Ground conditions

Date: Thursday 22 February Location: Helvellyn summit at 11:45 Temperature: minus 1.8 deg C Maximum wind speed 21.8mph Wind chill: minus 10.1 deg C Average wind speed: 16.7mph Full report: For the second day running, this report comes with a health warning in that, at the time of writing, showers are forecast which could fall as snow above 400m. Therefore walkers planning to be out on Friday should be prepared to encounter more snow and ice than experienced and described today. A fresh skittering (light dusting) of snow has settled above 800m. Despite a summit temperature around midday of minus 2 degrees C, the snow was thawing on aspects catching the sun. Above 900m on steep north and east facing aspects the fresh snow lies above old, hard snow whereas generally it covers what was bare ground. At present, with the snow cover being so thin, it represents minimal hazard to walkers. However, this will change should the fresh snow and wet ground freeze. This was starting to happen on the summit plateau which was intermittently covered with a very thin layer of snow and very recently formed ice. When/if this ice hardens as temperatures drop (which is forecast) conditions will be very slippery so walkers heading for the high fells on Friday are strongly recommended to carry microspikes and walking poles even though they were not needed today. Despite the appearance of daffodils in the valleys, the summit temperature at midday was, as mentioned, below freezing with the windchill (what the temperature actually feels like) a chillier minus 10 degrees C, so full winter clothing (waterproofs - which double as windproofs - , extra warm layers, hat & gloves), mountain boots and equipment, including a torch, are all essential to safely, and enjoyably, roam the fells. A map and compass together with the ability to use them and navigate competently in potentially poor visibility is also essential for anyone heading into the fells especially if more snow falls and paths etc disappear. Steep and exposed routes above the snow or freezing line require particular care. Striding Edge's crest consisted of mostly bare, wet rock with a dusting of snow. Although Swirral was similar, there were also isolated patches of verglas (thin ice) on rocks which, surprisingly, were not found at the top of it (ie where it exits onto the summit plateau). With the ground still being so wet walkers attempting such routes on Friday should, again, be prepared and equipped to encounter more ice on rocks as the temperatures drop. Should more snow fall overnight, (the precise location of showers being very difficult to forecast) such exposed routes may require the use of crampons and ice axes. The summit views were magnificent today, so come properly equipped and enjoy them!

06:00 - 09:00

Precipitation probability:

30%

09:00 - 12:00

Precipitation probability:

30%

12:00 - 15:00

Precipitation probability:

40%

15:00 - 18:00

Precipitation probability:

30%

18:00 - 21:00

Precipitation probability:

30%

21:00 - 24:00

Precipitation probability:

40%

Tomorrow: Saturday

A similar day to Friday with scattered showers and sunny spells throughout the day, snow falling on hill tops above 600m at first, lifting to higher levels during the afternoon. Showers mostly dissipating into the evening.

Visibility

Scattered cloud base 500-700m in association with showers, clearing into the evening. Visibility poor in hill fog or snow, slightly reduced in rain, otherwise good.

Hill Fog

70-80%

Max wind

South to southwesterly 5-10 mph, mainly light

Temperature

Valleys - Plus 1 rising to plus 6 Celsius

800m - Minus 2 rising to Zero Celsius

Freezing level - 600m, rising 800m later in the afternoon

Sunday

A mainly dry and bright day with some sunny spells, chance of the odd light shower. Freezing level 600m. Moderate easterly winds, increasing northeasterly.

Monday

Mainly dry and sunny, chance of the odd light shower. Freezing level 400-600m. Strong north to northeasterly winds easing.

Tuesday

A dry start to the day but rain arriving from the northwest later. Freezing level rising above summits. Light winds, increasing southwesterly.

Issued: Friday 23rd of February 2024 02:13:31 AM