The Lake District weather forecast
Fell Top Conditions on Wednesday 4 December
Readings from test report at 12:29
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Just two days until the Fell Top Assessors return on Friday. The report on winter conditions on Helvellyn will appear here.
Met Office forecast for Thursday
Issued 5 December at 03:38
Gale to storm force winds will bring severe buffeting and a severe chill effect, making hiking in the fells very hazardous. Persistent rain will be heavy at times, until it clears south by the end of the morning. Showery conditions will then dominate into evening, with winds gradually easing. These showers will begin fall as snow over fells above 300m towards lunchtime, and at all levels by evening.
0600 to 0900
Light rain 80% chance of precipitation
0900 to 1200
Heavy Rain 100% chance of precipitation
1200 to 1500
Light rain 60% chance of precipitation
1500 to 1800
Sleet shower 60% chance of precipitation
1800 to 2100
Light snow showers (night) 60% chance of precipitation
2100 to 2400
Light snow showers (night) 40% chance of precipitation
Moderate or poor in rain at first, becoming good from midday. Poor or very poor in wintry showers later.
Broken down to 700m during the morning. Occasional patches down to 500m with wintry showers later.
Wind at 500m
Westerly 60-70mph gusting up to 90mph on the most exposed peaks. Gradually easing and becoming northwesterly 30-35mph gusting 50-60mph during the evening.
- Valleys/low level: Maximums of plus 9 Celsius will fall to minus 1 Celsius during the evening.
- At 900m: Maximum temperatures around plus 1 Celsius during the afternoon will fall to minus 6 Celsius overnight.
- Freezing level: 800m at first, quickly falling during the afternoon to reach 200m by evening.
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Storm force winds
Medium risk - Gusts exceeding 90mph on exposed ridges and peaks are possible at times.
High risk - 50-60mph winds in most areas will lead to severe buffeting and loss of footing.
Severe chill effect
High risk - Sub-zero temperatures combined with gale force winds could easily lead to hypothermia.
Persistent extensive hill fog
Heavy persistent rain
Low risk - Rain will be persistent for a short time in the morning and muddy trails may affect one's footing
Forecast for Friday
It will be a cold, dry day morning, although the odd isolated sleet or snow shower is still possible over the fells. Cloud will thicken from the west later though, and widespread light snow is likely for a time before it turns to patchy rain. Warm clothing is advised to protect from the chill effect.
Generally very good, but falling to moderate in rain and poor in falling snow.
Generally nil, although becoming broken down to 500m in any snow showers. Widespread hill fog will spread from the west during the afternoon, with broken to overcast amounts down to 400m.
Wind at 500m
Northwesterly 25-30mph with gusts exceeding 40mph at first, easing 10-15mph by midday. Increasing again to approach 30-35mph in the evening.
- Valleys/low level: Around zero rising to plus 3 Celsius, falling back to zero later.
- At 900m: Around minus 4 Celsius.
- Freezing level Freezing level down to 200m at first, rising to above the summits during the evening.
Outlook for next few days
Mainly cloudy with some patches of light rain, some of this falling as sleet or snow over the higher fells. Feeling very cold in the moderate to strong westerly winds. Freezing level just above the summits.
Another cloudy day with patchy light rain, although the odd break in the cloud may allow the sun to peak through at times. Strong winds with up to gale force gusts are possible. Freezing level above the summits.
Generally cloudy, but with the odd break possible over the eastern fells. Outbreaks of drizzle are also likely at times. Winds will remain strong. Freezing level above the summits.
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