The Lake District weather forecast

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Fell Top Conditions on Tuesday 15 April

Readings from Helvellyn summit at 22:45

Temperature plus 1.5°C Maximum wind speed 24.7mph Wind chill minus 6.5°C Average wind speed 20.1mph

Conditions haven't changed much since yesterday. The majority of the fells are now snow-free, although some isolated patches of snow still remain above 800m. These patches are avoidable, in sheltered hollows and on north through to east facing aspects.

Helvellyn, with its large east face, retains the greatest coverage of snow. Striding Edge is now free of snow but Swirral Edge has a short stepped section of snow. The milder temperatures have weakened the cornices and snow slopes that exist above some east facing slopes so it's best to keep away from the snow along such edges.

Despite spring like weather in the valleys, summit temperatures were noticeably well below zero with the windchill and conditions can change quickly therefore walkers should be adequately equipped with warm clothing and waterproofs. Sun cream maybe useful currently due to high winds and sunshine.

Met Office forecast for Wednesday

Issued 16 April at 01:33

Some haze or mist patches in the valleys will soon clear leaving a bright morning. Prolonged sunshine until the mid afternoon could bring a risk of sunburn, so skin protection and adequate hydration is advised. It will turn cloudier later on with outbreaks of rain spreading in from the northwest overnight.

0600 to 0900

Mist 0% chance of precipitation

0900 to 1200

Sunny 0% chance of precipitation

1200 to 1500

Sunny 0% chance of precipitation

1500 to 1800

Sunny intervals 0% chance of precipitation

1800 to 2100

Partly cloudy 10% chance of precipitation

2100 to 2400

Partly cloudy 50-70% chance of precipitation


Generally very good but perhaps turning moderate or poor for a time in any mist. Deteriorating to moderate or poor as rain spreads from the northwest overnight.

Hill fog

Any cloud should remain above the summits for most of the day. However a few patches down to 700m are possible overnight.

Wind at 500m

Southwesterly 25-30mph strengthening through the afternoon along exposed southern and western slopes to 35-40mph with gusts around 50mph.


  • Valleys/low level: Plus 3 Celsius rising to plus 14 Celsius before falling to plus 6 Celsius overnight.
  • At 900m: Around Plus 5 Celsius.
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.


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Storm force winds

No risk


Medium risk - Gale force gusts expected over high ground from the afternoon onwards.

Severe chill effect

High risk - Despite the sunshine it will feel cold higher up the fells in strong to gale force winds.

Persistent extensive hill fog

No risk


No risk

Heavy persistent rain

No risk

Strong sunlight

High risk - Sunshine will give exposure to moderate levels of UV so adequate preparation will be necessary.


No risk

Heavy snow

No risk

Forecast for Thursday

Cloudy with a band of rain soon spreading across the whole park, before clear south by Thursday morning. It should remain dry but rather cloudy for the rest of the period, although some bright or sunny spells may develop late in the afternoon, mainly towards the east.


Moderate or poor in rain becoming good by the morning.

Hill fog

Persistent around 500m with occasional patches down at 100m to start with. Clouds are expected to break up and lift to 700m through the afternoon, with eastern parts of the park perhaps remaining clear for a time, before lowering again down to 500m toward the end of the day.

Wind at 500m

Southwesterly 30-35mph gusting 45mph, turning northwesterly through the day and easing through the evening to around 20mph.


  • Valleys/low level: Plus 7 Celsius rising to 11 Celsius before falling back to Plus 5 Celsius.
  • At 900m: Plus 6 Celsius dropping to plus 2 Celsius by the afternoon.
  • Freezing level Above the summits, possibly dropping just below for a brief time overnight.

Outlook for next few days


Another cloudy but largely dry day, although the odd spot of rain can not be ruled out mainly at the start of the period. Cloud expected to thin and lift through the afternoon with some late sunshine possible, especially in the south and east. Westerly, becoming southerly, light to moderate winds. Freezing level above the summits.


Dry with variable amounts of cloud, although a few sunny or clear spells are possible. Southerly moderate winds, becoming light southeasterly. Freezing levels above the summits.


A generally fine start, but turning cloudier through the afternoon, with rain spreading from the south later. Rain may be on the heavy side at times, with a risk of turning wintry over the highest summits. Light southeasterly winds becoming northeasterly and strengthening slightly. Freezing level should remain above the summits.

Recent conditions

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