Mountain weather

Lake District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High generally, but lower for timing of rainy conditions on Thursday morning.

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This evening forecast

Clear intervals and isolated showers, patchy hill fog on the tops.

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Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

Hazards apply at or above 300m, reflecting the more severe conditions which can occur at altitude.

hazard Poor Visibility
Poor visibility presents challenging route finding conditions. Visibility could be significantly less than 50 metres in all directions with few or no visual references, especially on featureless moors or plateaux. Distances become hard to judge and cliff or cornice edges can be difficult to recognise. These conditions require good navigational skills. There is a risk of white-out conditions when mist or fog is combined with extensive snow cover.
hazard Strong Sunlight
Harmful UV levels from sunlight increase with altitude giving a greater risk of sunburn and eye damage, even on some overcast days. On breezy days, the cooling effect of wind on exposed skin may disguise any feeling of sunburn until it is too late. If there is snow cover, glare increases the effect of UV rays especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block, protective clothing such as a long-sleeved top and hat and have good quality eye protection.

hazard Gales
Gale force winds (gusts over 50mph) make walking difficult and strenuous with a potential to be blown over by gusts. There is often a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances can take longer to cover and compass bearings become harder to follow accurately.
hazard Severe Chill Effect
Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect. Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature. This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow. Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia.
hazard Heavy Persistent Rain
Heavy and persistent rain can lead to drenched clothing and footwear with waterproofs often becoming soaked through, especially if accompanied by strong winds. This can lead to significant loss of body heat and an increased likelihood of hypothermia. Terrain may turn increasingly boggy underfoot while streams can flood and become impassable. There may also be a risk of flooding in valleys or glens. If there is snow cover, a heightened avalanche hazard is possible and avalanche reports should be consulted where available.

Mountain weather forecast

A dull morning with rain and hill fog then brighter in the afternoon. Windy.

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Weather
(at 800m)
Partly cloudy (night) Heavy rain Light rain Heavy rain Overcast Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals
Chance of precipitation
(at 800m)
10% 20% 70% 90% 20% <05% <05% <05%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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900m SW
20
SW
28
SW
34
SW
36
W
33
W
32
W
28
W
29
600m SW
16
SW
23
SW
28
SW
30
W
28
W
28
W
23
W
20
300m SW
5
SW
10
SW
12
SW
14
W
14
W
14
W
11
W
7
Valley SW
4
SW
9
SW
13
SW
16
W
15
W
14
W
11
W
8
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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900m 25 35 44 46 43 44 39 37
600m 21 31 38 41 40 41 34 30
300m 16 25 31 33 34 34 29 24
Valley 14 23 30 34 32 31 25 22

Altitude above mean sea level
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900m
600m
300m
11°
12°
11°
Valley
11°
11°
10°
11°
13°
14°
13°
11°
Freezing Level
1,600m
1,500m
1,800m
2,000m
1,700m
1,600m
1,500m
1,300m

Altitude above mean sea level
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900m
-2°
-2°
-2°
600m
300m
10°
Valley
10°
11°
11°
11°
10°

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

A day of two halves on Wednesday with a repeat performance likely on Thursday.

Weather

Clear intervals and dry in the early hours, then clouding over with outbreaks of rain developing around dawn. The rain lasting much of the morning, some quite heavy especially over southwestern fells, and accompanied by hill fog. Then becoming drier by midday the cloud lifting and breaking in the afternoon to bring some sunny intervals, generally dry but the chance of a light shower. A dry evening.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

70% in early hours falling 10% by dawn, improving 70% by midday and over 90% from mid afternoon.

Low cloud and visibility

Patchy cloud above 750m overnight becoming extensive at 400-700m by dawn with lower patches over southwestern foothills, and reduced visibility in rain below the cloud. Then lifting back to 750m by midday and then breaking and lifting off tops, with generally good visibility for the rest of the day.

Ground conditions

No recent ground conditions report available.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Clear intervals and dry in the early hours, then clouding over with patchy rain developing around dawn. The rain probably lasting much of the morning, some quite heavy especially over southwestern fells, and accompanied by hill fog. Then becoming drier by midday the cloud lifting and breaking in the afternoon to bring some sunny spells. A dry evening. Some slight uncertainties regarding the timing of the improvement which could be a couple of hours faster or slower.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

10% in morning rising 90% in afternoon.

Maximum wind speed expected

Westerly 35 gusts 45mph.

Temperature

  • At 800m Plus 7 Celsius
  • Valley 10 Celsius rising to 15 Celsius in the afternoon
  • Freezing level Above the summits

Low cloud and visibility

Patchy cloud above 750m in early hours becoming extensive at 400-700m by dawn with lower patches over southwestern foothills, and reduced visibility in rain below the cloud. Then lifting back to 750m by midday and then breaking and lifting off tops, with generally very good visibility for the rest of the day

Mountain weather information

Fri 27 May

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Generally dry and bright with broken cloud and some sunny intervals. Good visibility. Small chance of a passing light shower. Strong northwesterly winds on the tops, and freezing level above the summits.

Sat 28 May

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Dry with bright or sunny spells. Lighter northwest breeze.

Sun 29 May

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Remaining dry and bright with mostly light northerly breeze.

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Summit specific forecast

Mountain summit forecast map

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Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. From its summit, the view spans from the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland to Snowdonia in Wales. The Lake District also contains the deepest and longest lakes in England; Wastwater and Windermere.

Much smaller than its Scottish counterparts, but no less breathtaking, is the Lake District National Park. While unarguably most famous for the lakes and waters from which it took its name, the National Park certainly has plenty to offer climbers as well. Not only that, special routes have been created (known as Miles Without Stiles) to offer more laid back, moderate walks.

Those looking for a challenge are suitably catered for with the Lakeland Fells, as made famous by rambler and cartographer Alfred Wainwright. These include some of the highest peaks in England: Scafell Pike (978 metres), Scafell (965 metres), Helvellyn (951 metres) and Skiddaw (931 metres).