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Lake District Forecast

Lake District

The entire Lake District National Park, taking in all major summits, including Scafell, Helvellyn, Skiddaw, the Langdales and Old Man of Coniston. Also includes the Howgill Fells east of Kendal (the NW extension of Yorks Dales).

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Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Tuesday 9th March 2021
Last updated Monday 8th March 2021 at 3:36 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

A weak front moves away northeast, with early areas of rain tending to break up and clear. Low cloud may persist around western mountains of Britain. Southerly winds strengthening later ahead of heavy rain setting in by evening into night, soonest in western Scotland.

Headline for Lake District

A few showers morning. Wind increasing to gales by evening.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly 15 to 25mph; will increase toward dusk to 35mph. Reaching 50-60mph into evening and night.

Effect of the wind on you?

May impede walking at times across higher slopes; later in the day becoming fairly arduous. Deteriorating further from sunset.

How Wet?

Occasional showers.

A scattering of showers, most of which will be in the morning. May leave residual drizzly showers on west/southern fells where low cloud persists. Heavy rain arriving in the evening onward into night.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive higher slopes.

Cloud likely shrouding the fells fairly extensively above 700-900m; especially in and around showers, lowest and most persistent south/west Lakes. Some occasional breaks; mostly occurring in the afternoon toward northern and eastern fells.

Chance of cloud free summits?

20% rising to 40% afternoon north.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Often cloudy, but some patches of sun here and there. Visibility often very good, but poor in rain.

How Cold? (at 750m)

2C. By dusk, wind chill close to -12C on higher higher summits.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Wednesday 10th March 2021
Last updated Monday 8th March 2021 at 3:36 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Uncertainty: Southwest 20-30mph, risk 40mph for periods; mainly around dawn. After dusk, widespread upland gales.

Effect of the wind on you?

Will impede walking across higher slopes though the day, perhaps at times arduous; later in the day becoming difficult.

How Wet?

Rain, but a drier spell for a time.

Varied through day as fronts move slowly across the area: Likely periods of heavy rain; most likely around dawn, when snow tops, and again later in the day, but a drier spell for a time.

Cloud on the hills?

Covering higher slopes.

Cloud covering higher slopes above 600-800m in fog for much of the day. Perhaps some breaks away from rain.

Chance of cloud free summits?

20%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Rare shafts of sun, mostly in the east. Visibility good at times, but poor in rain.

How Cold? (at 750m)

0C at first, lifting to 3 or 4C.

Freezing Level

Above the summits.

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Thursday 11th March 2021
Last updated Monday 8th March 2021 at 3:36 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

West or southwesterly, 40 to 60mph, risk 80mph for a time around dawn.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult conditions across higher terrain through the day. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Frequent hail or snow

Heavy overnight rain. Then clusters of showers coming in from the west, may merge to near-constant precipitation for periods. Hail, and snow at times falling below 600m. Risk isolated thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Varied, often capping high tops

Cloud bases changing quickly between showers: often covering higher fells above 800m. Patches forming below 500m in showers, perhaps more widely at first. Breaks to higher tops mostly toward east.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Brief bursts of sun away from showers. General slight haze, sometimes very good visibility, but suddenly reduced by showers.

How Cold? (at 750m)

0 or -1C, perhaps a few degrees higher just at first.

Freezing Level

Lowering to around 700m.

Planning Outlook

Very unsettled through the middle of this week as a series of low pressure systems move to the north of Britain. Persistent gale force winds across the mountains, stormy at times. Heavy rain will make western areas very wet underfoot. Temperatures falling below freezing on higher mountains, particularly by Thursday, resulting in some fresh snow accumulations on tops. Heavy showers will also contain hail and a risk of thunder. Scottish mountains likely to stay sub-zero into the weekend, with some freeze and thaw cycles elsewhere. Into next week, indications favour an improvement from the south as high pressure rebuilds.