Fell Top Conditions on Tuesday 21 February

Readings from Helvellyn summit at 12:00

Temperature plus 3.0°C Maximum wind speed 31.8mph Wind chill minus 4.6°C Average wind speed 24.1mph Wind direction WSW

After a lovely start to the day, the rain clouds soon arrived on the Lakeland Fells, giving very wet conditions at all levels, and poor visibility above the cloud base at between 250m and 500m.

There was a slight frost above 600m to start the day, but temperatures soon soared as the rain came in. On Striding Edge and Swirral Edge the main hazard was the wet, and consequently very slippery rock. There are still a few lingering tiny patches of snow, but these do not effect any of the walking routes on the mountain at present. However, at the time of writing the forecast for the next couple of days is for colder conditions and snow at altitude, so walkers should expect some snow and possibly ice on paths above 600m.

Today good waterproofs were essential, both to keep the rain out as well as the wind. Walkers should carry spare warmth layers, plenty of food, and a headtorch (see our #summitsafely campaign on the website this week!), as well as a map and compass and the ability to use them in very poor visibility.