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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
Thursday 27th January 2022
Last updated Wed 26th Jan 22 at 3:23PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Windy. Low cloud and patches of rain will clear southward across Wales. Otherwise, a drop in freezing level will bring snow showers to Scotland (mainly west and north), and bursts of sun. Although a rise in cloud base, most western mountains will remain shrouded in cloud.

Headline for Lake District

Upland wind near gale. Occasional showers.

How windy? (On the summits)

Northwesterly typically 35mph but risk 40mph higher tops at times. Will tend to ease marginally through daylight.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking widely arduous on higher areas and wind chill significant.

How Wet?

A few showers

Well scattered mostly brief showers, sleet or snow tops.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive higher fells, although base will tend to rise

Low cloud on the fells at dawn, will lift somewhat to fluctuate between 550m and 750m for much of the day - perhaps slightly higher eastern fells, particularly afternoon.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 750m)

2C

Freezing Level

Just above highest tops

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Friday 28th January 2022
Last updated Wed 26th Jan 22 at 3:23PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Gusty westerly winds increasing post dawn to 30 to 40mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Walking will be difficult where exposed to the wind and gusts, which may throw you off balance.

How Wet?

Rain later in day

Drizzle or pockets of light rain in places but overall dry before through afternoon rain becomes extensive.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive in south

Extensive cloud in the south Lakes and western fells elsewhere, with cloud from lower slopes upwards. There may be breaks in the cloud elsewhere, with the overall cloud base will be around 700m.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Hazy with little sunshine.

How Cold? (at 750m)

3C

Freezing Level

Above summits

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Saturday 29th January 2022
Last updated Wed 26th Jan 22 at 3:23PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Low confidence of timing of frontal system. Upland gales, westerly 40-50mph. Will later ease a little & turn northwesterly.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult and serious walking conditions where exposed to wind. Gusts may throw you off balance.

How Wet?

Persistent rain for a time

Pockets of drizzly rain will turn persistent for an hour or two before clearing to leave the odd shower.

Cloud on the hills?

Low cloud, rising a little

Cloud down to lower slopes, especially in western fells in the morning. After the front passes, cloud base will raise but will probably still shroud higher fells.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Dull with poor visibility in rain, but later patches of sun and very good visibility (time of the improvement uncertain).

How Cold? (at 750m)

5C dropping to 2C

Freezing Level

Above summits

Planning Outlook

Westerly winds, sometimes exceeding gale force at least in Scotland will continue until into next month. There will be frequent rainfall on western mountains; copious on the W & NW Highlands, where as temperatures oscillate, there will be both rain and snow - over time, the snow accumulation on the Munros. Further south, only occasionally will freezing levels be low, with most precipitation as rain. There remains uncertainty later Sunday (30th) when a small low may bring significant snow to the Scottish Highlands.