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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 Sunday 28 February

Readings from Helvellyn summit at 23:05

Temperature plus 5.4°C Maximum wind speed 4.2mph Wind chill plus 5.4°C Average wind speed 2.5mph Wind direction Not Recorded

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, not leaving the village, town, or city where they live.

Here is today's report:

A beautiful spring-like day in the Cumbrian fells with very little wind and superb visibility outside of any lingering cloud. Inversion conditions for a time during the morning.

The Cumbrian fells are almost snow-free, with just a few patches remaining in the higher fells, typically on steep ground around north and east-facing corrie headwalls.

Overnight temperatures have been at or below freezing point, and today many of the paths at mid-altitude had a thin layer of frost or ice making them particularly slippery and persisting into the afternoon on shady slopes.

Any remaining snow, even though generally confined to small patches is hard and icy and best avoided where possible.

The classic ridges (Striding and Swirral edge) can just about be completed without setting foot on snow, albeit apart from a small section at the top of Swirral edge.

Windchill temperatures remain cold and generally below freezing point so full winter clothing (waterproofs, extra warm layers, hat & gloves), mountain boots, and additional equipment including a map and compass, headtorch and survival blanket/shelter are all essential for anyone going out onto the fells.

Please be conservative with your plans and know your limits.


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 Tuesday

Some overnight mist and fog will be more persistent in the morning but will burn off to leave another bright and sunny day.

Visibility

Generally very good but perhaps moderate or poor at first in mist and fog with patches of cloud from 400m.

Chance of cloud free hill

90%, some low cloud may affect the fell tops at first in the morning.

Wind

Southeasterly 5-10mph

Temperatures

  • Valley: Plus 1 rising to 7 Celsius.
  • At 800m: Plus 2 Celsius
  • Freezing level: Around 1000m

Outlook for next few days

Wednesday 03 March

A cloudier day than previous days however there will still be some sunny intervals but a few showers are possible in the afternoon. Light easterly winds. Freezing level above the summits.

Thursday 04 March

Cloudy and perhaps a little dull, some low cloud affecting visibility on the hills. Light northeasterly winds.

Friday 05 March

Cloudy and dull with light easterly winds.

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