Update 23 March:
Our fell top assessors have finished their season early.
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Lake District weather forecast for Wednesday 1 April
Issued: 1 April at 02:50
Rather cloudy with some scattered showers and later patchy rain and summit snow.
Lake District Weather
Rather cloudy with a few light showers increasing from mid-morning. These will merge into longer spells of patchy light rain during the evening, this mostly focused across western hills, and also falling as wet snow across highest summits.
Good lowering moderate or poor in showers and more generally in the later rain, particularly in the west.
Cloud Free Hill Top
70% at first with the quite extensive cloud cover generally above this level, becoming during the evening 10% in west and 30% in east as bases thicken and lower from the north to typically 450-600m.
|Time||06:00 - 09:00||09:00 - 12:00||12:00 - 15:00||15:00 - 18:00||18:00 - 21:00||21:00 - 24:00|
|Chance of precipitation||20%||20%||20%||20%||30%||30%|
|Max gusts (mph)||14||16||18||23||22||19|
|Max gusts (mph)||12||18||20||26||24||22|
|Max gusts (mph)||14||20||22||29||27||25|
|Max gusts (mph)||17||22||25||28||33||31|
Lake District Forecast for Thursday
A rather cloudy morning with showery rain. Turning drier and brighter from mid-day.
Moderate or poor becoming mainly good from the afternoon.
Initially 10% in west and 30% in east with bases typically 450-600m, becoming from afternoon 75% as the cloud breaks and lifts from the north.
West mean 35-40mph, with gusts reaching 60mph across most exposed ridges and summits, easing gradually from late afternoon.
- Valley: Plus 3C rising 9C during the afternoon
- At 800m: Plus 2C lowering minus 3C later
- Freezing level: Lowering 450m later
Outlook for next few days
Friday 03 April
Dry, bright start, turning rather cloudy later with a few isolated light showers, wintry above around 500m. Winds quite light.
Saturday 04 April
Mostly dry with quite a lot of higher cloud around. Freezing level lifting above all summits as winds turn to the south.
Sunday 05 April
Cloud lowering from the west to bring periods of rain later. Freshening southerly winds.
An overview of weather in the Lake District
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!
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.