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Lake District Forecast for Thursday

Outbreaks of rain, heavy at times especially in the west, clear eastwards through the early hours to leave a mainly dry and increasingly bright morning with sunny spells developing. However scattered showers will develop during the afternoon, these becoming more frequent and increasingly heavy, perhaps thundery, during the evening.


A few kilometres in overnight rain and afternoon showers, otherwise good or very good with distant hills visible. Some navigation problems are likely through the first half of the morning with periods of cloud above 450m but this should improve by the afternoon with just occasional cloud above 750m.

Hill cloud

Around 30% at dawn but improving to around 75% by midday as cloud lifts and breaks to become occasional above about 750m.


Southerly winds 30-35mph at first, with gusts around 50mph over ridges and summits, veering southwesterly 20-25mph, gusts 40mph, by sunrise


  • Valley: Around plus 10 Celsius at dawn rising to plus 18 Celsius by early afternoon.
  • At 800m: Plus 9 or 10 Celsius.
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

Outlook for next few days

Friday 18 August

Heavy, thundery showers through the morning gradually becoming lighter and less frequent during the afternoon and evening. Strong westerly or southwesterly winds.

Saturday 19 August

A bright day with occasional showers, still the odd heavy and perhaps thundery one developing but becoming mainly dry from mid-afternoon. Strong westerly winds slowly easing.

Sunday 20 August

Dry overnight but soon becoming west with some heavy and persistent rain soon spreading east. The rain turning more showery later. Strong to gale force southerly or southwesterly winds developing.

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