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

Gales

High Likelihood risk

Severe Chill Effect

High Likelihood risk

Poor Visibility

High Likelihood risk

Blizzards

Medium Likelihood risk

Heavy Persistent Rain

Medium Likelihood risk

Heavy Snow

Low Likelihood risk

Storm Force Winds

No weather warnings in effect

Thunderstorms

No weather warnings in effect

Strong Sunlight

No weather warnings in effect

Today: Tuesday 28 January

Rain and snow. Milder air gradually moving in. Gales over the summits.

Wintry showers overnight, these mostly dying out during the morning. Rain and snow during the afternoon and evening. Snow initially around 600m with blizzard conditions over the tops. However, turning to rain at all levels by evening. The rain heavy and persistent at times, although turning patchier in the evening.

High for the cold, wintry conditions giving way to milder but very windy weather. Low for details over the weekend.

Visibility

Moderate at times in rain, otherwise mostly good or very good low down. Often poor or very poor at height.

Cloud Free Hill Top

30%, occasional or extensive cloud with base around 600m, lowering to 300m at times, the best chance during the morning.

View

Best of the conditions through the morning, but a marked deterioration in the afternoon.

Ground conditions

Date: Tuesday 28 January: Location: Helvellyn summit at 12:20. Fresh snow has fallen and settled above 250m, although this was already thawing below 500m with a rapid thaw below 400m. It was snowing/hailing as the Assessor left the hill and showers are currently forecast Tuesday evening and overnight, so walkers out on the high fells on Wednesday should expect to encounter deeper snow. Snow depth rises with height although actual depth varies considerably from virtually nothing on windswept areas - such as large parts of the summit plateau - to drifts deep enough to swallow a 60cm ice axe. The snowpack is soft and deposited on predominantly SW to W winds so the greatest accumulations are in sheltered spots and hollows and on N to E facing aspects. Above 600m, a depth of over 10cm was common making the going arduous in the soft snow - extra time and Mars Bars should be allowed for this (other high energy foods are available!). Cornices are building above N and E facing slopes. Given the soft nature of the snow, these are extremely unstable. Indeed it looked as if one had already given way but in the limited visibility it was difficult to confirm this. Anyway, please give them a wide berth and advise those with less experience to do likewise. The summit plateau together with paths above 800m that were scoured by the wind had patches of ice. Micro spikes could be useful here. Exposed routes, such as Striding and Swirral Edges, are in winter condition - albeit covered in soft snow - and should only be attempted by those experienced in, and equipped for, such conditions. Full winter clothing (waterproofs, warm layers, hat & gloves), footwear and equipment are essential for anyone venturing out onto the fells. For those going above the snowline and attempting, or just traversing, steep slopes an ice axe is essential and crampons must be carried in case ice or hard snow is encountered. When low cloud is combined with deep snow obscuring landmarks, excellent navigational skills are required. Goggles made the experience of being out today in the biting hail/spindrift enjoyable. Climbers. Although the ground is beginning to freeze above 800m, the snowpack is very soft. If conditions improve, please carefully assess any route to ensure that you will not damage any of the rare alpine plants. Please refer to the BMC White Climbing Guide for details.Temperature: minus 2.5 deg C. Maximum wind speed 31.2mph. Wind chill: minus 12.7 deg C. Average wind speed: 25.2mph.

00:00 - 03:00

Precipitation probability:

50%

03:00 - 06:00

Precipitation probability:

40%

06:00 - 09:00

Precipitation probability:

30%

09:00 - 12:00

Precipitation probability:

20%

12:00 - 15:00

Precipitation probability:

40%

15:00 - 18:00

Precipitation probability:

70%

18:00 - 21:00

Precipitation probability:

70%

21:00 - 24:00

Precipitation probability:

50%

Tomorrow: Wednesday

Cloudy and overcast with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Mainly dry early and late in the day.

Visibility

Moderate or poor in rain and drizzle, otherwise mostly good. Often poor or very poor at height.

Hill Fog

20%, extensive, often overcast cloud will base 600m or less during daylight hours. Near or above the summits in the evening.

Max wind

Southwest 30 to 40mph gusting 60mph over the tops.

Temperature

Valleys - Plus 4 Celsius rising to 8 Celsius

800m - Around plus 4 Celsius

Freezing level - Above the summits.

Thursday

Overnight rain then becoming drier during daylight hours with patchy rain or showers. Cloud often near or above the summits. Gale or severe gale force southwesterly winds over the tops. Freezing level above the summits.

Friday

Overnight rain, then turning drier and brighter during the morning. Mainly dry during the afternoon and evening with the cloud well up, summits mostly clear. Winds turning into the northwest and mainly moderate over the tops. Freezing level lowering to around 800m after a mild start.

Saturday

Heavy rain soon sweeping in from the west with gale or severe gale southwesterly winds developing over the tops. Freezing level soon rising above the summits.

Issued: Tuesday 28th of January 2020 05:07:22 PM