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Lake District Forecast for Friday

Cloud, especially across western fells, increasing through the early hours with patchy drizzle possible. Then a bright start in the east but thickening cloud brings outbreaks of rain and drizzle, most persistent and occasionally heavy across western fells. Some drier and brighter interludes are possible in the east during the afternoon.


Good or very good, especially in the east at first, becoming several kilometres in rain and drizzle

Hill cloud

Around 25% in the west at first with periods of cloud above 600m falling to near zero across many western and central fells with periods or persistent cloud above 450m and patches below. Eastern fells see chances nearer 60% at first with occasional cloud above 600m falling to 25% with cloud becoming periods or persistent at times.


Westerly 20-25mph backing southwesterly 30mph, with gusts around 50mph, by early afternoon.


  • Valley: Around plus 11 Celsius at dawn rising to plus 16 or 17 Celsius by day
  • At 800m: Plus 9 Celsius
  • Freezing level: Above the summits

Outlook for next few days

Saturday 18 August

Cloud and rain gradually clearing through the morning then a drier and brighter afternoon. Strong southwesterly winds easing. Freezing level above the summits.

Sunday 19 August

Occasionally heavy rain spreading east overnight, the rain then turning lighter and patchier for the afternoon. Occasionally strong southerly winds turning more westerly and easing. Freezing level above the summits.

Monday 20 August

Rather cloudy morning with patchy rain and drizzle but becoming brighter in the afternoon. Westerly or southwesterly winds continuing to ease. Freezing level above the summits.

An overview to the weather in the Lake District


The summer season in the Lake District actually runs from March to October. The driest period runs between March and June.

The weather is renowned for changing rapidly and rainfall is a predominant feature. The wettest area in the Lake District is known as Sprinkling Tarn which receives approximately 5000mm of rainfall every year!


The wettest months run from October to January.

Snowfall typically falls from November to March. The valleys of the Lake District receive around 20 days of snow and 200 days of rain per year.

Winter is actually a beautiful time of year to enjoy the spectacular views.

It’s important to stay safe during the Winter period, especially if you are considering exploring the fells. If you’re a fan of the Lake District in Winter, why not register on one of our Winter Skills Courses? Learn more