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Lake District Forecast for Thursday

Staying mostly cloudy and misty with patchy light rain or drizzle. Some limited bright spells are possible in the afternoon, mainly to the east of Helvellyn and Windermere. The rain will turn more persistent after dark.


Rather hazy under the cloud base with distant hills obscured but improving for a time in the afternoon in the east.

Hill cloud

Almost nil in the morning with extensive cloud above 400m becoming 20% in the afternoon with cloud lifting to about 700m and becoming patchier.


Westerly 25-30 gusts 40mph increasing to 40mph gusts 60mph in the evening.


  • Valley: Plus 9 rising to 12 or 13 Celsius.
  • At 800m: Plus 5 or 6 Celsius.
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.

Outlook for next few days

Friday 26 October

Rain, turning to snow for a time on the tops, quickly clearing south overnight with a change to much colder and clearer conditions. A bright day with long sunny spells and isolated sleet or snow showers. Feeling bitterly cold in strong northerly winds. Freezing level 600m falling to 400m after dark.

Saturday 27 October

Similar to Friday. Long sunny spells and the odd passing snow shower. Strong northerly winds and severe wind chill.

Sunday 28 October

Remaining cold but largely dry with some sunshine. Strong northerly winds easing.

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