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

Poor Visibility

High Likelihood risk

Severe Chill Effect

Low Likelihood risk

Blizzards

No weather warnings in effect

Heavy Snow

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Storm Force Winds

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Gales

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Today: Friday 21 January

Mainly dry and cloudy. Cold and breezy with low cloud on the tops.

Mainly cloudy overnight, patchy frost in the east under any clear breaks. Cloudy across most fells but the odd bright spell is possible, mainly to the east of Helvellyn and Ambleside. Staying largely dry except for a few spots of rain but amounting to very little. Staying cloudy in the evening preventing a frost.

High for mainly dry and settled conditions but lower confidence for cloud details. Low confidence for timing of rain arriving from the northwest on Wednesday.

Visibility

Areas of low cloud and fog above 400 or 500m, most persistent across western and central fells giving navigational difficulties. Patchier cloud across eastern fells with higher slopes clearing at times. Mostly good visibility away from low cloud.

Cloud Free Hill Top

20% in west, 40% in east.

View

Feeling cold on the tops, especially in the damp conditions up in the cloud. Valley temperatures close to freezing at first in the east under any clear breaks.

Ground conditions

Date: Friday 21 January 2022 Location: Catstyecam summit at 14:55 Full report: A windy day in the fells with little change in the ground conditions compared to the last few days. The wind speeds were higher than indicated in today's readings and estimated to be in the region of 30-35mph. The vast majority of the fells are snow-free up to and including the highest summits and any remaining old snow / névé is generally (but not exclusively) found on steep north through east-facing aspects above 700m. In these locations cover is quite patchy, however, some of the patches are quite large. Small cornices are also present around corrie rims and should be given a wide berth. All of the snow encountered today was relatively firm and required the use of an ice axe and crampons/microspikes to move over safely. A slip or trip in these conditions, if not quickly arrested could have serious consequences. Some ice was also present down to lower elevations today but was relatively easy to avoid. Striding and Swirral edge can be done almost entirely on rock, however, a steep bank of hard snow is present on their exit slopes and requires good care to cross safely. Full winter clothing (warm and waterproof) including hats and gloves, a map and compass, and headtorch are all essential items for anyone venturing into the fells. Temperature: plus 0.9 C, Maximum wind speed 13.3 mph, Wind chill: minus 2.2 C, Average wind speed: 6.1 mph.

00:00 - 03:00

Precipitation probability:

<05%

03:00 - 06:00

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12:00 - 15:00

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Tomorrow: Saturday

Mostly cloudy again and largely dry. A little light rain is possible, falling as snow above 700m, but amounts very small. Some brighter intervals, mainly in the east. Feeling cold at height.

Visibility

Areas of low cloud and fog above 500m, most persistent across western and central fells giving navigational difficulties. Patchier cloud across eastern fells with higher slopes clearing at times. Mostly good visibility away from low cloud.

Hill Fog

20% in west, 40% in east.

Max wind

West or Southwest 15 to 20mph, gusting 30mph on high ridges and summits.

Temperature

Valleys - Plus 3 Celsius rising to 7 Celsius.

800m - Plus 1 Celsius, falling to Minus 1 Celsius.

Freezing level - Above summits overnight, falling to 800m in morning.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy with the odd spot of rain and summit snow. A little brightness, mainly in the east. Light southwesterly winds. Freezing level just above summits.

Monday

Mostly cloudy with the odd spot of rain and summit snow. A little brightness, mainly in the east. Light southwesterly winds. Freezing level 900m.

Tuesday

Expected to remain largely cloudy. Strengthening southwesterly winds with a chance of more persistent rain and summit snow late in the day.

Issued: Friday 21st of January 2022 06:53:17 PM