The Lake District weather forecast
Met Office forecast for Tuesday
Issued 27 April at 17:41
Apart from intermittent sunny spells, it will be a mainly cold and wet day for late spring with scattered showers with a low risk of thunder throughout the morning, falling as snow above 300m. A broad pulse of mixed rain and snow will push across the area over the evening. Gale force winds add a severe wind chill effect, especially on the exposed parts of the mountains.
0000 to 0300
Light snow showers (night) 80% chance of precipitation
0300 to 0600
Light snow showers (night) 70% chance of precipitation
0600 to 0900
Sunny intervals 40% chance of precipitation
0900 to 1200
Sunny intervals 30% chance of precipitation
1200 to 1500
Medium-level cloud 10% chance of precipitation
1500 to 1800
Medium-level cloud 40% chance of precipitation
1800 to 2100
Light snow showers 80% chance of precipitation
2100 to 2400
Light snow showers (night) 90% chance of precipitation
Good to moderate visibility in clear conditions. Otherwise, rain and snow showers will reduce the visibility to poor or very poor. Hill fog exacerbates these conditions, with a risk of total disorientation at times.
Periods of hill fog in the early morning, down to around 500m in places. For exposed slopes, some patches drop as low as 200m. This should generally lift by noon, but the onset of persistent rain and snow will see a return of hill fog conditions around 500m from late afternoon onwards.
Wind at 500m
Generally westerly winds of 30-40mph. Gusts of around 50-60mph mainly during the early morning and late evening.
- Valleys/low level: Around plus 1 Celsius in the morning, rising to a maximum of plus 10 Celsius and falling to around plus 3 Celsius by night.
- At 900m: Around minus 4 Celsius.
- Freezing level: Freezing level around 400m, gradually rising to around 900m by midnight.
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Storm force winds
High risk - Gale force gusts reaching 55-60mph at times.
Severe chill effect
High risk - Strong winds coupled with snow and sub-zero temperatures will cause additional chill.
Persistent extensive hill fog
Medium risk - Hill fog, snow and strong winds will lead to some difficult conditions of the fells.
Low risk - Low risk of thunderstorms, most likely in heavier outbreaks in the morning and early afternoon.
Heavy persistent rain
Low risk - Low risk of exposure to UV in any clear breaks in the afternoon.
Forecast for Wednesday
It will be cold and wet in the early morning, with a prolonged rainy period. Rain falling as snow above 400m. Thereafter, mainly dry but with scattered showers and increasing cloud throughout the afternoon. Showers will fall as snow on the highest fells.
Moderate to good visibility, but poor in persistent rain and showers of rain, becoming very poor in occasional snow showers. Hill fog may also exacerbate the reduction in visibility at times.
Strong likelihood of widespread hill fog above 200m in the early morning, generally at the 500m mark. After dawn this clears, but over the rest of the day, there is a chance of more isolated patches of intermittent hill fog down to 500m with the rain and snow showers.
Wind at 500m
Westerly to southwesterly winds of 20-25mph, with gusts up to 45 mph.
- Valleys/low level: Around plus 3 Celsius in the morning, rising to a maximum of plus 10 Celsius and falling to around plus 3 Celsius by night.
- At 900m: Around minus 3 Celsius.
- Freezing level Freezing level of around 600m, reaching around 800m by midnight.
Outlook for next few days
A brighter day with cloud beginning to break up and scattered showers, falling as snow above 600m. Brisk northwesterly winds with good visibility outside of the showers, and limited hill fog. Freezing level around 700m.
Plenty of sunshine during the day and clear spells at night. However, the odd spot of light shower cannot be ruled out. Light and variable winds. Freezing level remaining around 800m.
Still dry with sunny spells. Becoming cloudier during the afternoon. Light southeasterly winds. Freezing level at 800m soon rising above the summits.