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Fell Top Conditions on Saturday 20 April

Readings from Helvellyn summit at 23:40

Temperature plus 17.5°C Maximum wind speed 9.5mph Wind chill plus 17.0°C Average wind speed 7.2mph Wind direction S

A continuation of the fantastic summer weather throughout the Lake District today. Hot, hot, hot! With an area of stable high pressure sitting out over the North Sea and Scandinavia we're experiencing the effects of what is known as a 'blocking high', which is why we've enjoyed a good long period of warm weather and blue skies in Lakeland.

Today on Helvellyn the conditions and weather readings were almost identical to those recorded yesterday by the fell top assessor on Great Gable. The ground is very dry, and some becks are now almost empty. This means walking on the high tops is an absolute pleasure, if a bit sweaty at times!

The few remaining snow patches on the mountains are now dwindling further in the heat, and no paths in the National Park are effected by the snow at all.

It was great to see so many people out enjoying the high fells today. Even when it's hot, walkers should still carry a warmth layer and waterproofs, just in case. Sunscreen, a sunhat, and sunglasses were also needed today.

For those coming to the Lake District over Easter, the Information Centre at Glenridding are donating all the profits that they make from sales on Bank Holiday Monday to Patterdale Mountain Rescue. So buy your maps, books, cards or locally made gifts from Glenridding Tourist Information Centre and simultaneously contribute to the magnificent work of the volunteers of Patterdale Mountain Rescue!

Lake District Forecast for Monday

Dry, sunny and warm or very warm, but becoming a cooler at altitude, with stronger southeast winds. A good deal of high cloud spreading over the Park in the evening, but still dry

Visibility

Generally very good, though hazier late in the day, with fog in cloud on east facing slopes later.

Hill cloud

100% with any cloud above the tops.

Wind

Southerly 20 gust 30mph, gradually becoming southeasterly 25 to 30 gust 40mph

Temperatures

  • Valley: Plus 8 rising to plus 17 Celsius, but possibly 20 Celsius in west
  • At 800m: Plus 7 rising to plus 10 Celsius.
  • Freezing level: Mostly above the summits, but falling close to summit level later in the day

Outlook for next few days

Tuesday 23 April

Dry and bright, but a rather cloudy start, though cloud will break up leaving some hazy sunshine. Cloudier later in the day with low cloud developing over eastern fells later. Still quite warm in the valleys, but cooler in the east with strong southeast winds. Freezing level falling, but remaining above the tops

Wednesday 24 April

Dry and bright start though patchy low cloud and mist in east. This lifting and breaking in the morning but cloud will thicken through the day to bring heavy outbreaks of rain in the afternoon, with the risk of thunder. Rain clearing in the evening with cloud breaking and perhaps a few fog patches forming. Southeast winds increasing with gales over the higher summits. Freezing level steadily rising.

Thursday 25 April

Some bright or sunny spells but scattered heavy and possibly thundery showers developing and these may merge to a longer spell of heavy rain later. Strong or gale force southerly winds at first but turning southeast and easing in the morning,



An overview to the weather in the Lake District

Summer:

The summer season in the Lake District actually runs from March to October. The driest period runs between March and June.

The weather is renowned for changing rapidly and rainfall is a predominant feature. The wettest area in the Lake District is known as Sprinkling Tarn which receives approximately 5000mm of rainfall every year!

Winter:

The wettest months run from October to January.

Snowfall typically falls from November to March. The valleys of the Lake District receive around 20 days of snow and 200 days of rain per year.

Winter is actually a beautiful time of year to enjoy the spectacular views.

It’s important to stay safe during the Winter period, especially if you are considering exploring the fells. If you’re a fan of the Lake District in Winter, why not register on one of our Winter Skills Courses? Learn more