Mountain weather

Lake District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for cold conditions continuing but lower regarding distribution of any showers and, especially Saturday morning, cloud details

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This evening forecast

Mainly dry with long clear spells and a widespread frost developing. Occasionally strong northwesterly winds easing

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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 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 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.

Mountain weather forecast

Cold but mainly dry with some good spells of sunshine. Northwesterly winds easing

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Weather
(at 800m)
Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy (night) Partly cloudy (night)
Chance of precipitation
(at 800m)
00% 00% <05% 10% 20% 20% 10% 20%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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900m N
17
NW
20
NW
23
NW
18
NW
14
NW
15
NW
16
NW
11
600m N
11
NW
13
NW
15
NW
12
NW
8
NW
8
W
9
W
8
300m NW
4
NW
4
NW
4
NW
4
NW
3
NW
2
NW
3
NW
3
Valley N
5
N
5
NW
5
NW
4
NW
4
N
2
N
3
NW
3
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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900m 20 24 27 21 17 17 18 13
600m 16 18 21 17 11 11 13 10
300m 12 15 16 13 10 10 10 9
Valley 13 17 18 15 9 9 11 9

Altitude above mean sea level
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900m
-4°
-5°
-5°
-4°
-4°
-4°
-4°
-4°
600m
-3°
-3°
-3°
-3°
-2°
-2°
-3°
-3°
300m
-2°
-2°
-2°
-1°
-2°
-1°
Valley
Freezing Level
0m
0m
100m
200m
300m
300m
200m
200m

Altitude above mean sea level
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900m
-11°
-13°
-13°
-12°
-10°
-10°
-11°
-10°
600m
-9°
-10°
-10°
-8°
-6°
-6°
-8°
-7°
300m
-4°
-5°
-5°
-3°
-1°
-2°
-4°
-3°
Valley
-3°
-3°
-3°
-1°
-2°
-1°

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Valley temperatures at dawn locally minus 4 or 5 Celsius. A cold day with frozen surfaces persisting at all but the lowest levels.

Weather

Clear overnight with a widespread frost, perhaps a few mist or freezing fog patches in eastern valleys. Then a frosty start to a bright day with some good spells of sunshine, just the risk of a few snow showers across western fells. During the late evening more frequent snow showers are expected to edge across western fells.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

Close to 100% at first, falling to 60% over western fells and 75% for eastern fells, from mid-morning. Chances expected to fall further in evening.

Low cloud and visibility

Occasional or, in the west, periods cloud from mid-morning above about 600m. Away from cloud visibility excellent but a kilometre or less in any early mist and freezing fog and perhaps in any snow showers.

Ground conditions

Date: Thursday 8 December 2022 Location: Helvellyn summit at 12:00 Full report: A spectacular high pressure day on the Lake District fells with plenty of sunshine but bitingly cold temperatures in a fresh northerly wind. Temperatures in the valleys overnight were down to -5 to -8 degrees C and there was a hard overnight frost which only marginally thawed during the day. Many of the higher Lake District summits are now sporting a white cap. However the majority of this is a thick layer of rime (ice feathers) with minimal snow coverage. The very low humidity means that conditions underfoot were pretty grippy with no sign of any verglass (black ice) and just a few patches of ice to avoid where there was run off over the paths. Microspikes and trekking poles are highly recommended for walks at all levels and the addition of an ice axe will greatly improve your margin of safety if you are venturing on to steep and exposed terrain such as the Helvellyn Edges. Plenty of warm and windproof layers, hats and gloves are also essential to deal with the windchill of -15 degrees C. The weather deteriorated slightly through the afternoon and there were isolated snow showers falling on frozen ground at all levels. However these aren't forecast to accumulate to any great depth so conditions on Friday should be broadly similar. Temperature: minus 4.9 C, Maximum wind speed 22.6 mph, Wind chill: minus 15.3 C, Average wind speed: 16.5 mph

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Occasionally heavy snow showers are expected to affect the area overnight, these largely dying out by morning. Then a rather cloudy start but becoming brighter with sunny spells developing and most places remaining dry, although a few snow showers possible over western fells.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

Little chance becoming around 75% through the morning.

Maximum wind speed expected

Variable less than 10mph.

Temperature

  • At 800m Around minus 4 Celsius
  • Valley Around minus 2 or 3 Celsius overnight rising to 3 or 4 Celsius by day
  • Freezing level Frozen surfaces persisting through the day at all but the lowest levels

Low cloud and visibility

Periods or persistent cloud above 450-600m at first gradually lifting and breaking to become more occasional above 600m through the morning. Away from the cloud visibility very good but a kilometre or less in snow showers, especially overnight.

Mountain weather information

Sun 11 Dec

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One or two light snow showers but most places dry with sunny spells. Light winds. Frozen surfaces persisting at all but the lowest levels.

Mon 12 Dec

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Mainly dry with sunny spells. Freshening easterly winds but frozen surfaces persisting away from the valleys.

Tue 13 Dec

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Dry with sunny spells. Strengthening easterly or northeasterly winds. Still cold, especially in wind, but freezing levels rising to around 300m.

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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).