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
Saturday 4th December 2021
Last updated Fri 3rd Dec 21 at 3:55PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Showers running inland from western coasts on strong to gale force W-NW'ly winds, extending into western Peak & Pennines. Local clusters giving frequent hail or hill snow, chance of thunder. Also risk snow for periods N & E Scotland, may move southwards. Much terrain stays frozen above 600-700m, but locally snow to lower elevations.

Headline for Lake District

Cold, squally winds. Snow & hail showers, at times frequent.

How windy? (On the summits)

West or northwesterly, speeds varied, mostly 25 to 40mph, but sudden squally gusts 50mph around showers, particularly western areas.

Effect of the wind on you?

Beware of changing conditions: risk of difficult walking and significant wind chill, may lessen for a time.

How Wet?

Showers with hail, snow on fells

Showery; sometimes clustering together giving snow for an hour or more across the fells, mostly sleet or rain up to about 400-500m. Hail, risk isolated thunder. Some drier periods, mainly toward east.

Cloud on the hills?

Often covering high tops

Cloud bases varied, frequently covering many higher fells above 700-800m, but sometimes forming to 600m or below in precipitation. Best breaks typically toward eastern Lakeland.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Brief glimpses of sun. Visibility very good away from showers, but very poor in cloud and snow/hail.

How Cold? (at 750m)

0 or -1C. Wind chill in strongest winds near -15C.

Freezing Level

600 to 750m

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Sunday 5th December 2021
Last updated Fri 3rd Dec 21 at 3:55PM

How windy? (On the summits)

North later northeasterly, around 30mph in morning, risk 40mph for a time, but speeds likely to lessen gradually in afternoon.

Effect of the wind on you?

Considerable buffeting and significant wind chill in morning, tending to ease into afternoon.

How Wet?

Risk local snow flurries

Most of the day often dry. However, local snow showers or flurries may affect east and northeastern fells at times, most likely in the morning.

Cloud on the hills?

Risk locally stubborn cloud banks

Banks of cloud focused on fells in north and east from Skiddaw to Helvellyn and High Street group, may linger, although some breaks forming. Further south and west, expect patches, may break up.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Variable cloud and sun, chance of sun developing fairly widely. Visibility very good or excellent.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-1C.

Freezing Level

Around 600m, perhaps rising a little; some lower terrain may be frozen early morning.

Viewing Forecast For

Lake District
Monday 6th December 2021
Last updated Fri 3rd Dec 21 at 3:55PM

How windy? (On the summits)

South veering westerly, often in the range 30 to 50mph, perhaps a brief lull.

Effect of the wind on you?

Expect frequent buffeting across the hills, sometimes arduous walking conditions with significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow, later showers with hail

A period of snowfall is likely for a few hours, falling to lower slopes for a time, becoming gradually sleet or rain lower down from the west. Followed by clusters of showers, some heavy with hail.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive

Shrouding the fells most or all day, extensively during snow, to lower slopes in places. Bases may slowly rise from the west into the afternoon, then varied in and out of showers.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Brief if any sun. Visibility very poor during precipitation, appalling if in snow and cloud, brief improvements lower terrain.

How Cold? (at 750m)

-3C tending to rise slowly to -1C.

Freezing Level

Much terrain frozen following overnight frost. Becoming 200-400m, rising slowly to 600m or just above from west.

Planning Outlook

Most mountain terrain is likely to stay frozen throughout the week ahead. Sometimes freezing conditions to lower slopes, although some day-to-day variations. Wind speed and direction will vary considerably, intermittent lulls, but then a deep low is expected to affect Britain by Tuesday-Wednesday, bringing stormy conditions, perhaps widely. Further lows are likely to follow later in the week. Extensive snowfalls possible on the hills, a mix of snow and rain lower down. Don't miss our latest video content on the MWIS YouTube channel and across our social media feeds.