The Lake District weather forecast

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Fell Top Assessors

The Fell Top Assessors are employed during the winter months, usually between December and March, to report on conditions. Their winter conditions report and daily photo appear on the home page of this website.

Old forecast? - try clearing your cache

The Met Office feeds their forecast directly into Weatherline. If the forecast doesn't display, you may need to clear your cache.

Your 'cache' means the web pages your computer stores in its memory. When you ask for a page, to save time, your computer remembers it already has a version of this page saved locally and doesn't need to go online. However as the Weatherline forecast is updated in 'real time', your computer needs all the current information.

Clearing these temporary files varies, but in Internet Explorer on a PC press CTRL and F5 together. Alternatively go to Tools / Internet Options / and under Temporary Internet Files click the Delete Files ... button. Or use your Help facility and type in 'clear cache'.

Who writes the forecast?

The Met Office forecasters in Aberdeen write the forecast. They then send it to this website as a datafeed.

When is the forecast updated?

The Met Office normally sends through updates twice a day, at around 5 - 6pm and 3 - 4am. 

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. The Fell Top conditions report goes live as soon as the Assessor descends from the fells and uploads it to this website.

Find out more on the About web page.

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 North of the National Park, try Manesty Holiday Cottages - Current Weather (opens in new window)

Contact us

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: hq@lakedistrict.gov.uk

Looking after your National Park

This website has been developed by the Lake District National Park Authority. We work with others for a prosperous economy, world class visitor experiences, vibrant communities - and all sustaining the spectacular landscape.

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Murley Moss
Oxenholme Road
Kendal
Cumbria LA9 7RL

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