The Lake District weather forecast
Contact us and frequently asked questions
Fell Top Assessors
The Fell Top Assessors will return to report winter conditions in December 2013.
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Who writes the forecast?
The Met Office forecasters in Aberdeen write the forecast. They then send it to this website as a datafeed.
The Lake District National Park Authority Fell Top Assessors are employed during the winter, usually between December and March. Their winter conditions report and daily photo appear on the home page of this website.
When is the forecast updated?
The Met Office normally sends through updates twice a day, at around 5 - 6pm and 3 - 4am.
The Fell Top conditions report goes live as soon as the Assessor descends from the fells and uploads it to this website.
In the winter, who writes the fell top conditions section and takes the photos?
During the winter, the Lake District National Park employs two Fell Top assessors. They climb Helvellyn mountain above Ullswater every day on alternate weeks. Find out more on the About web page. The 2013/14 season starts again in December 2013.
Cost of calling Weatherline
The 0844 number costs 5p per minute for UK BT customers. The price from non-BT phone lines will vary. A call to Weatherline lasts around 2 minutes. No profits are made on the call. The 1p per minute that comes back to Weatherline goes directly towards our line rental.
Why are there adverts on Weatherline?
Running the telephone service and employing the Fell Top Assessors each year costs the Lake District National Park Authority thousands of pounds. Advertising helps to fund the service.
Where can I find historical weather data?
For past winter season data, please look at our Readings page.
You could try Wild Bryony Weather Station Records in Portinscale (opens in new window).
Manesty Holiday Cottages - Monthly weather report (opens in new window) in Borrowdale also has data, including by day, week, month and year.
Where can I find out more local wind direction and other information?
For the South East of the National Park, try Mirefoot Weather Station (opens in new window) between Kendal and Windermere. It also features dew point, UV index, barometer and rainfall.
For the North of the National Park, try Manesty Holiday Cottages - Current Weather (opens in new window)
If you see an old forecast, please press CTRL and F5 to clear your cache - more details at the top of this page. For other queries, please email our Contact Centre: email@example.com
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