Fell Top Conditions on Monday 17 April
Readings from Ullswater at 10:00
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The forecast for last night was for some snow on the fells, and people yesterday (16th April) were reporting snow on Esk Pike and Bowfell, on Helvellyn, and on The Dodds, so the assessor decided to have a look at Helvellyn today to see if an ascent and re-awakening of the Lake District Weatherline service would be necessary for what remains of the winter.
From a low-level vantage point this morning he could clearly see that Helvellyn had not gathered any more snow overnight, and that what fell yesterday had melted, although there was some frosty ground on the headwall below the OS trig pillar.
Walkers should remember that despite the warmth in the valleys, lambs in the fields, and spring flowers blooming everywhere, it can still be very wintry on the tops. Wind chill is also a factor to bear in mind, and temperatures on the fells right now certainly feel well below zero - the assessor recorded -7C with wind chill on St Sunday Crag a couple of days ago.
Full waterproofs are always necessary, regardless of the season, and warmth layers are also essential. Throughout this winter season the Assessor team have had to remind people over and over again that a map and compass are absolutely essential for hillwalking. A GPS can certainly be useful, but it can also be very inaccurate, and actually dangerous if used incorrectly.
The Fell Top Assessor team of Graham and Jon would like to wish you all a fabulous and safe hillwalking season, until they return at the beginning of December for the next winter season.
Met Office forecast for Friday
Issued 28 April at 02:39
A bright start with a touch of frost in the valleys. Cloud increasing during the morning, perhaps bringing a few light showers by the afternoon, but some good sunny spells too. A few showers lasting into the evening before dying out leaving a dry night with clear spells.
Very good beneath the cloud, but falling to moderate or poor in any showers.
Patches above around 600-700m in the morning, bases rising to around 900m in the afternoon but cloud becoming more extensive.
Wind at 500m
Northerly 15mph at first, becoming light for much of the day, then increasing in the evening to southwest 20mph
- Valleys/low level: Zero Celsius at first, rising to plus 11 Celsius in the afternoon.
- At 900m: Around plus 3 Celsius.
- Freezing level: Above the summits.
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Storm force winds
Severe chill effect
Persistent extensive hill fog
Heavy persistent rain
Medium risk - Sunny spells giving a risk of sunburn.
Forecast for Saturday
A mainly dry day, with sunny spells at first. Cloud tending to build through the morning and becoming more extensive by the afternoon, but still some bright spells around. The odd light shower can't be ruled out, but will be very isolated.
Generally good beneath the cloud base, and outside any showers.
Some hill fog above 600m at first. Cloud amounts increasing through the day but bases generally lifting through the morning, giving hill fog above around 800m at times, but this generally patchy.
Wind at 500m
Southerly 20mph, increasing in the afternoon to southeasterly 30mph with gusts to 45mph.
- Valleys/low level: Plus 3 Celsius at first, rising to plus 14 Celsius.
- At 900m: Around plus 4 Celsius.
- Freezing level Above the summits.
Outlook for next few days
A mixture of cloudy periods, but some bright and sunny spells too, these most likely in the morning. A risk of some showery rain later in the day. Winds strengthening becoming a strong to gale force southeasterly. Freezing levels above the summits.
Winds lighter than Sunday, but otherwise fairly similar, with mostly dry conditions with some bright spells, but a risk of some showery rain at times too. Freezing levels above the summits.
Low pressure over Ireland will push weak fronts eastwards, so some outbreaks of rain possible, but generally dry with moderate southerly winds, and feeling warm in any sunshine.