The Lake District weather forecast

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Met Office forecast for Saturday

Issued 25 April at 03:28

Saturday will be mainly cloudy with further rain or drizzle, with some heavy bursts likely. Colder air will arrive during the day, with the rain turning to snow on the higher tops around early afternoon, mainly above 750m and could start to settle on the highest summits. Some sleet is possible to 450m. Then brighter and drier weather with just the odd shower will follow from the northwest though any showers that do arrive will be of snow on the tops. The evening will be mainly clear with very isolated light wintry showers.

0600 to 0900

Light rain 80% chance of precipitation

0900 to 1200

Heavy Rain 80% chance of precipitation

1200 to 1500

Sleet 50% chance of precipitation

1500 to 1800

Light snow showers 20% chance of precipitation

1800 to 2100

Sunny 10% chance of precipitation

2100 to 2400

Clear sky 0% chance of precipitation 0

Visibility

Moderate to poor in rain or drizzle, very poor in summit snow becoming mainly good or very good later in the day and on Saturday evening.

Hill fog

Extensive during the morning, down to 300-500m, the lower values to be found over the southwestern fells. Becoming more confined to above 600m in the afternoon and even there it should clear later in the day.

Wind at 500m

Southwesterly 40 gusts 55mph through the morning, veering northwest and easing to 25mph with 35mph gusts.

Temperatures

  • Valleys/low level: Plus 9 Celsius, falling to 5 Celsius for a time in the afternoon, rising to 8 Celsius as it brightens later, then dipping to 4 Celsius.
  • At 900m: Plus 5 Celsius falling to Plus 3 by late morning, then zero early afternoon and down to Minus 2 during the evening.
  • Freezing level: Above summits through the morning but falling to 900m in early afternoon and 750m in the evening.

Daylight

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Hazards

Storm force winds

No risk

Gales

Medium risk - Strong to gale SW winds through the morning, the gales mainly over exposed ridges and summits.

Severe chill effect

Medium risk - Gales and rain, later strong winds and summit snow, giving severe windchill.

Persistent extensive hill fog

High risk - Especially during the morning, with some tricky navigation.

Thunderstorms

No risk

Heavy persistent rain

Low risk - Some heavy outbreaks of rain in the morning

Strong sunlight

Low risk - Some UV will penetrate the cloud.

Blizzards

No risk

Heavy snow

No risk

Forecast for Sunday

A dry night, leading to a bright morning with some sunny spells. Still mainly dry and bright in the afternoon though with an increasing chance of showers later on, these of snow on the hills above 450m. Showers most likely in the evening with some settling on the felltops, though amounts should be small.

Visibility

Generally good to very good, but briefly poor in any snow showers later.

Hill fog

Small amounts, mainly above 750m in association with showers.

Wind at 500m

Northwest 25 gusts 35mph.

Temperatures

  • Valleys/low level: Falling to near zero Celsius at dawn then rising to 9 Celsius in the afternoon, falling 4 Celsius during the late evening,
  • At 900m: Minus 3 Celsius, rising zero for a time.
  • Freezing level 500m, rising 900m in the afternoon sunshine for a time.

Outlook for next few days

Monday

A cold showery westerly airstream will bring a mixture of sunshine and showers to the Lake District. The showers will fall as snow above 500m, with some wintry down to 300m in heavier showers or at night. Fresh to strong summit winds will lead to a high wind chill.

Tuesday

Another bright but cold day with sunshine and showers again these mainly of snow across the felltops, and some could be wintry down to 400m at first. Strong west to southwesterly winds and a high wind chill with freezing levels only rising from 600m to 800m during the day.

Wednesday

Any wintry showers dying out in the early hours then dry with some sunshine at times during the day. Cloud increasing from the southwest later, and rain and summit snow may edge up from the south in the evening. Freezing levels around 900m.

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