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Guidance is to exercise locally.

Getting outside for exercise is of course important, but please don't take any unnecessary risks, especially in the cold and icy weather.

By staying safe and staying local you can help reduce the pressure on our emergency services.

Help keep our emergency staff and hospital beds free for those that need them most.

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Fell Top Conditions on Thursday 4 March

Readings from Helvellyn summit at 11:00

Temperature minus 1.6°C Maximum wind speed 20.5mph Wind chill minus 9.7°C Average wind speed 15.9mph Wind direction ENE

We are continuing to provide the Fell Top Reports for people undertaking their daily local exercise during the lockdown. We would like to remind everyone that Government guidance stipulates that people should only exercise locally to where they live.

Summit temperatures are once again below freezing with rime ice forming down to 800m and Red Tarn was almost fully frozen.

The vast majority of the Lake District fells are now clear of snow but the rime ice and a few areas of verglas on the summits mean that conditions underfoot remain tricky and microspikes were very useful today.

With careful route choice Striding and Swirral Edges can now both be climbed without setting foot on snow although there is still rime and verglas to contend with. However it's essential for anyone who does venture onto the few remaining patches of snow to be fully kitted out with an ice axe and crampons as it has now refrozen and the surface is bullet hard and icy. This hazard is generally to be found above 850m in sheltered spots and hollows and on predominantly steep north and east facing aspects.

Despite the spring like conditions in the valleys and the lack of snow, winter is still very much in evidence on the fells and walkers should go equipped with plenty of warm and waterproof layers, hats & gloves, a reliable method of navigating, food & fluid and some emergency kit including a survival bag, whistle and headtorch.

Please be conservative with your plans and know both your limits and also when to turn back.


Guidance is not to travel into this area from other areas and to exercise locally.

  • Keep within your limits, walking in winter conditions takes longer than in summer.
  • Be flexible, you may need to turn back, or choose a lower level walk.
  • The weather on the felltops will be far colder and windier than at the bottom. Take extra layers, warm drinks, a torch, and a map and compass - and know how to use them.
  • It gets dark around 5pm, when you need to be down from the felltops.

Lake District Forecast for Saturday

Frosty start with isolated freezing fog patches in the dales, then dry and bright with sunny spells

Visibility

Good or very good after any early fog, with only patchy cloud around 700 or 800m

Chance of cloud free hill

90%

Wind

South or southwest, turning westerly, 5-10mph

Temperatures

  • Valley: Zero to minus 3 C rising to plus 6 C by day
  • At 800m: Minus 3 C
  • Freezing level: At all levels, but rising to 400m in afternoon

Outlook for next few days

Sunday 07 March

Another chilly, but mostly dry and bright start, though cloudier and cloud will likely thicken enough to bring a little rain at times. Winds turning southwest and freshening later. Freezing level rising to 800m.

Monday 08 March

Cloudy with outbreaks of light rain, though falling as snow on the tops in morning hill fog becoming extensive. Fresh or strong southwest winds and freezing level rising above the tops in afternoon.

Tuesday 09 March

Cloudy with extensive hill fog and patchy rain, but heavier, more persistent rain later. Southwest winds strengthening, gales developing over tops in afternoon. Freezing level near summits at first then rising.

An overview of 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!

Make the most of the summer on a guided walk or navigation course

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.

Enjoy the fells safely on a winter skills course