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

High Likelihood risk

Heavy Snow

Medium Likelihood risk


Low Likelihood risk

Storm Force Winds

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Heavy Persistent Rain

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Strong Sunlight

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Today: Monday 25 January

Dry start but sleet or snow spreading east. Severe wind chill on the tops.

Dry start with a widespread frost. Thickening cloud with outbreaks of sleet or snow spreading east by late morning, but falling as rain below 200m. Rain, sleet or snow turning heavy for a few hours in the afternoon but will ease during the evening and turn to rain at all levels as milder air arrives from the southwest.

High for Tuesday and Wednesday. Lower confidence for snow level on Thursday and Friday with some uncertainty in the progress of milder air moving north over the UK.


Very good at most elevations at first with patchy cloud above 600m. Becoming very poor by early afternoon with extensive cloud cover above 200 or 300m. Low cloud and snow will make navigation very difficult on high slopes. White out conditions over snow cover.

Cloud Free Hill Top

70% early morning but becoming less than 10% by afternoon.


Conditions deteriorating as sleet or snow arrives with difficult navigation conditions and a severe wind chill at height.

Ground conditions

Date: Monday 25 January 2021. Location: Helvellyn summit at 13:30. Full report: We are continuing to provide the Fell Top Reports for people undertaking their daily local exercise during the lockdown. We would like to remind everyone that Government guidance stipulates that people should only exercise locally to where they live. The main feature of today was the amount of snow being redistributed around the fells by the fresh westerly winds. The snow cover is now very variable with westerly aspects being scoured and deep drifts and wind slab developing behind features, in hollows and sheltered spots and on generally easterly aspects. The exit slopes to Striding Edge were a serious proposition today with lots of unstable soft snow and windslab being laid down beneath a steep cornice. Any tracks from the weekend have disappeared beneath the drifting snow. If you do decide to attempt this or similar slopes then careful route choice staying on or close to rocks as much as possible will be key. A simple slip or slide here would potentially take you into steep and rocky terrain below with serious consequences. The drifting snow will also make navigation trickier especially when the cloud is down. Please don't rely on following summer paths or footsteps as they may not be visible. Striding and Swirral Edges are both a mixture of soft snow, rime ice, sheet ice and bare rock. The ridge crest was the easiest option today as many of the easier options on the flanks were banked out with drifted snow. Large cornices are continuing to build above NE through SE aspects and are now a considerable hazard to walkers and climbers. The cornices above the east face of Helvellyn i.e. right next to the summit trig point are 2-3m. Please give them a wide berth and advise others with less experience to do likewise. Areas which have been scoured such as the Helvellyn plateau are a mixture of old icy snow, rime ice and frozen ground. Additionally many of the paths are becoming icier underfoot as the snow is compressed beneath walkers' feet. Full winter clothing (waterproofs, extra warm layers, hat and gloves), mountain boots and equipment are all essential for anyone going out onto the fells. Although the snowpack is currently mainly soft, for those venturing above the snowline an ice axe and crampons are essential. A simple slip on the Helvellyn Edges or other exposed terrain could have very serious consequences without the means to quickly stop your slide. Even on the so called "easy" route up Helvellyn from Swirls, Thirlmere there is a large area of unavoidable, steep, hard icy snow to cross. Goggles were also very useful to combat the copious amounts of spindrift. Please be conservative with your plans and know your limits. Temperature: minus 2.6 C, Maximum wind speed 27.2 mph, Wind chill: minus 12.7 C, Average wind speed: 22.7 mph.

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Tomorrow: Tuesday

Dull and cloudy with patchy light rain, falling as snow above 900m but not amounting to much. A little brightness possible over northern and eastern fells in the afternoon. Rain will spread in from the southwest late in the evening, preceded by snow on the tops.


Extensive cloud above 400m at first, lifting to around 700m and perhaps clearing northern and eastern fells in the afternoon. Generally rather hazy below the cloud.

Hill Fog

10% at first becoming 60% in afternoon.

Max wind

Southeast 10-15mph, increasing to 20mph gusts 30mph in the evening.


Valleys - Plus 2C rising to 6 or 7C.

800m - 0 or Plus 1C.

Freezing level - 1000-1200m.


Cold and cloudy with spells of rain, heavy at times. Strong southerly winds on the tops. Freezing level just above the summits.


Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, turning to snow above 300m in the afternoon. Fresh northerly winds. Freezing level above summits falling to 400m.


Dry and much brighter with sunny spells. Feeling bitterly cold in a brisk northeasterly breeze.

Issued: Monday 25th of January 2021 04:31:04 PM