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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
Friday 4th December 2020
Last updated Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 4:25 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Areas of snowfall will pivot in from the east to affect many areas of Scotland and Northern England through the day. Accompanied by upland gales giving severe wind chill for periods, but a substantial lull is likely S Pennines. Across Wales, snow showers later give way to persistent snow.

Headline for Lake District

Dry start, but snow and hill fog setting in. Periods of severe wind chill.

How windy? (On the summits)

Northerly then later easterly, perhaps a lull, but for periods risk up to 40-50mph higher fells.

Effect of the wind on you?

Prepare for difficult conditions and severe wind chill on higher terrain.

How Wet?

Snow setting in

Mostly dry start, but areas of snow will soon pivot into the Lake District from the northeast. Beware risk that snow may set in and become heavy falling to lower slopes.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive in snow

Varied: Breaks occasionally toward higher slopes at first, but as snow develops, cloud will lower more widely and become extensive on the fells.

Chance of cloud free summits?

50% at first, lowering to 10% in snow.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Limited sun. Away from precipitation, the air very clear, but appalling conditions if snow sets in.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-2C, rising slowly toward 0C later. But feeling closer to -16C in direct exposure to strongest winds.

Freezing Level

Terrain frozen into valleys in morning. May stay widely near freezing all day to low elevations. Later may rise above 600m.

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Saturday 5th December 2020
Last updated Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 4:25 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Easterly, 15 to 30mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking impeded, risk sometimes arduous on high tops. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Generally dry

Rare snow flurries.

Cloud on the hills?

May be very little

Patches of cloud capping higher tops at times.

Chance of cloud free summits?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine in and out, perhaps often sunny western areas. Visibility mostly very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-1C

Freezing Level

Terrain widely frozen. Partial thawing in sunlight up to about 500m.

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Sunday 6th December 2020
Last updated Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 4:25 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Low confidence in detail: Likely to vary in direction, 5 to 15mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small.

How Wet?

Risk snow on and off, may be very little.

Clusters of showers may give snow, rain lowest slopes, on and off for a few hours. Much uncertainty over this though, may amount to very little other than just occasional flurries.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive

Cloud will likely cover the hills fairly extensively through the day. Patches at varying heights, but some local breaks possible.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy. Visibility fairly murky and poor or very poor in snow/rain.

How Cold? (at 750m)

Around 0 or -1C

Freezing Level

Around 600-700m.

Planning Outlook

Cold weather patterns are likely to prevail well into December. A period of constant freeze, at least on the Scottish Munros, but often near or below zero on many lower summits across Britain. Upland terrain becoming extensively snow covered as bands of precipitation circulate slowly around low pressure - substantial snowfalls likely across many uplands, and snow may well lie for periods to lower slopes. Wind speed and direction will vary considerably, occasionally gale force. An east or northeasterly common across northern Britain.