The Lake District weather forecast


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Met Office forecast for Wednesday

Issued 27 May at 01:52

Generally cloudy and mostly dry overnight and during the morning, with some clear or bright spells possible particularly in the east towards Penrith and Windermere. The cloud will then thicken with rain, heavy at times, moving in from the west in the afternoon. This will clear to the east around midnight.

0600 to 0900

Medium-level cloud 20% chance of precipitation

0900 to 1200

Sunny intervals 20% chance of precipitation

1200 to 1500

Medium-level cloud 40% chance of precipitation

1500 to 1800

Light rain 80% chance of precipitation

1800 to 2100

Heavy Rain 80% chance of precipitation

2100 to 2400

Medium-level cloud 40% chance of precipitation


Good at first, becoming moderate as rain moves in during the afternoon, and perhaps falling to poor in heavier bursts.

Hill fog

Hill fog to 700m with occasional patches to 500m at first. Initially lifting slightly with some summits becoming clear for a time, before hill fog becomes persistent down to 500m as the rain moves in during the afternoon, with patches as low as 200m in the western fells towards Wasdale and Ennerdale.

Wind at 500m

Westerly 15-20mph with 35mph gusts. Becoming southwesterly 30-35mph with gusts up to 50mph by the evening.


  • Valleys/low level: Plus 6 Celsius, rising to plus 13 Celsius during the day. Then falling back to plus 7 Celsius during the evening.
  • At 900m: Around plus 3 Celsius.
  • Freezing level: Above the summits.


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Storm force winds

No risk


Low risk - Gusts reaching gale force by the end of the day on exposed ridges and summits.

Severe chill effect

No risk

Persistent extensive hill fog

High risk - Hill fog becoming extensive during the afternoon down to 500m


No risk

Heavy persistent rain

No risk

Strong sunlight

No risk


No risk

Heavy snow

No risk

Forecast for Thursday

Mainly dry with variable amounts of cloud and some clear or bright spells. There will be a scattering of showers about, which could be heavy with hail, thunder, and sleet over the highest fells, but most places will stay dry with decent amounts of sunshine. The mainly dry conditions will prevail into the evening and overnight, however the risk of showers will continue.


Good or very good, with distant hills clearly visible. Falling to moderate in any showers.

Hill fog

Occasional patches down to 700m, with bases falling to 500m in any showers.

Wind at 500m

Westerly 25-30mph with gusts up to 50mph on exposed ridges and summits.


  • Valleys/low level: Plus 7 Celsius, rising to plus 14 Celsius. Falling to plus 5 Celsius in the evening.
  • At 900m: Around plus 2 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Just above the summits.

Outlook for next few days


Showers will continue, which could be heavy with hail, thunder, and sleet and wet snow over the highest fells. These will ease during the evening and it will become drier overnight. Moderate or strong westerly winds. Freezing level around 900m.


Staying dry with sunny spells developing. Westerly winds easing to become light southwesterly. Freezing level rising above the summits.


Rain during the early hours will clear in the morning leaving bright conditions with some showers. Strong or possibly gale-force west or southwesterly winds. Freezing level above the summits.

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