The Lake District weather forecast

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Fell Top Conditions on Friday 18 April

Readings from Helvellyn summit at 15:13

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Conditions haven't changed much recently. The majority of the fells are now snow-free, although some isolated patches of snow still remain above 800m. These patches are avoidable, in sheltered hollows and on north through to east facing aspects.

Helvellyn, with its large east face, retains the greatest coverage of snow. Striding Edge is now free of snow but Swirral Edge has a short stepped section of snow which is avoidable. The milder temperatures have weakened the cornices and snow slopes that exist above some east facing slopes so it's best to keep away from the snow along such edges.

Despite spring like weather in the valleys, summit temperatures were noticeably well below zero with the windchill and conditions can change quickly therefore walkers should be adequately equipped with warm clothing and waterproofs. Sun cream maybe useful currently due to high winds and sunshine.

Met Office forecast for Saturday

Issued 19 April at 03:48

A bright, but chilly start to the day, though temperatures will quickly rise and with long sunny periods throughout it will make an excellent day for walking on the fells. Perhaps a touch of cloud during the afternoon, but there will still be plenty of sunshine. Remaining dry with clear skies on Saturday night.

0600 to 0900

Sunny 0% chance of precipitation

0900 to 1200

Sunny 0% chance of precipitation

1200 to 1500

Sunny intervals 0% chance of precipitation

1500 to 1800

Sunny intervals 0% chance of precipitation

1800 to 2100

Sunny intervals 0% chance of precipitation

2100 to 2400

Clear sky 0% chance of precipitation 0


Overall very good visibilities throughout the day. All hills in sight should be clearly seen with good detail likely.

Hill fog

No hill fog is expected.

Wind at 500m

Southeasterly winds with mean speeds of 10-15mph, gusting up to 25mph.


  • Valleys/low level: Plus 2 Celsius, rising up to plus 15 Celsius, before falling down to Plus 3 Celsius overnight.
  • At 900m: Around Plus 2 Celsius.
  • Freezing level: Just above the summits.


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Storm force winds

No risk


No risk

Severe chill effect

No risk

Persistent extensive hill fog

No risk


No risk

Heavy persistent rain

No risk

Strong sunlight

Medium risk - Strong sunlight due to prolonged sunny spells. Sun protection is advised.


No risk

Heavy snow

No risk

Forecast for Sunday

Another clear night will make it a cold start again Sunday morning, but there will be plenty of sunshine around. It will become increasingly cloudy during the afternoon, with the possibility of some spells of rain during the evening.


Very good visibility across the park, but moderate in the rain.

Hill fog

Some occasional hill fog down to 400m expected to come in later in the afternoon and evening.

Wind at 500m

Easterly 10-15mph, becoming northeasterly during the morning with mean speeds 25-30mph, gusting 45-50mph.


  • Valleys/low level: Plus 3 Celsius, rising up to plus 16 Celsius, before falling down to plus 7 Celsius.
  • At 900m: Around plus 2 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Freezing level may drop down to around 800m briefly during the early hours of Sunday morning, but will quickly rise well above the summits.

Outlook for next few days


A cloudy start to Monday with some light rain at times. Becoming generally dry with some bright spells during the afternoon. Light to moderate northeasterly winds. Freezing level above the summits.


Cloudy, with spells of light rain throughout the day. Light northeasterly winds. Freezing level above the summits.


Another cloudy day, with spells of rain at times, especially during the morning. Light northeasterly winds, becoming southerly by the end of the day. Freezing level above the summits.

Recent conditions

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