The Lake District weather forecast

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Fell Top Conditions on Saturday 19 April

Readings from Helvellyn summit at 11:30

Temperature plus 9.1°C Maximum wind speed 10.1mph Wind chill plus 4.8°C Average wind speed SE 2.3mph

The majority of the fells are now snow-free, although some isolated patches of snow still remain above 800m. These patches are avoidable, in sheltered hollows and on north through to east facing aspects.

Helvellyn, with its large east face, retains the greatest coverage of snow. Striding Edge is now free of snow but Swirral Edge has a short stepped section of snow which is avoidable. The milder temperatures have weakened the cornices and snow slopes that exist above some east facing slopes so it's best to keep away from the snow along such edges.

It was noticeably milder on the summit today, however conditions can change quickly and walkers should carry extra clothing and waterproofs. During this week the windchill has been as low as minus 6.5 degrees Celsius. Sun cream maybe also be useful due to strong sunshine.

Met Office forecast for Sunday

Issued 19 April at 16:20

Generally a clear night, with plenty of sunny spells during Sunday morning making pleasant walking conditions. It will start to become more cloudy with some sunny spells during the afternoon along with winds picking up adding to the chill effect across the fells.

0000 to 0300

Clear sky 0% chance of precipitation 0

0300 to 0600

Partly cloudy 0% chance of precipitation

0600 to 0900

Sunny intervals 0% chance of precipitation

0900 to 1200

Sunny 0% chance of precipitation

1200 to 1500

Sunny intervals 0% chance of precipitation

1500 to 1800

Sunny intervals 0% chance of precipitation

1800 to 2100

Medium-level cloud 10-30% chance of precipitation

2100 to 2400

Medium-level cloud 10-30% chance of precipitation


Generally very good visibilities. All hills in sight should be clearly seen. Very poor in any hill fog

Hill fog

Occasional patches down to 500m early morning, but will soon clear. Hill fog will then return during the evening, with periods down to 500m.

Wind at 500m

Northeasterly 15-20mph gusting 35-40mph at first, but during the afternoon and evening these winds pick up with mean speeds of 35mph and gusts up to 55-60mph.


  • Valleys/low level: Plus 2 Celsius, rising up to plus 16 Celsius, before falling down to plus 8 Celsius.
  • At 900m: Minus 1 Celsius at first, but soon picking up to plus 6 Celsius.
  • Freezing level: Freezing level down to 800m during the early hours of Sunday morning, but soon rises to above the summits.


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Storm force winds

No risk


Medium risk - Wind gusts of just over 50mph expected during the afternoon and into the night.

Severe chill effect

Low risk - Becoming cloudy and windy during the afternoon. Protective clothing is advised.

Persistent extensive hill fog

No risk


No risk

Heavy persistent rain

No risk

Strong sunlight

Medium risk - Prolonged sunny spells during the morning and early afternoon. Sun protection is advised.


No risk

Heavy snow

No risk

Forecast for Monday

A cloudy night and start to Monday, with a small risk of some light rain. The cloud will start to break up going into the afternoon with some sunny spells possible.


Generally good, but moderate in any rain and very poor in hill fog.

Hill fog

Persistent hill fog down to 500m across most of the park during the early hours of Monday morning. Hill fog with periods down to 500m will return later on Monday evening.

Wind at 500m

Northeasterly 30-35mph, gusting up to 50-55mph.


  • Valleys/low level: Plus 8 Celsius, rising to plus 17 Celsius, before falling down to plus 8 Celsius.
  • At 900m: Around plus 7 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Outlook for next few days


Cloudy, with spells of rain throughout the day. Light northeasterly winds. Freezing level above the summits.


Another generally cloudy day with showers throughout. These showers may be heavy and thundery at times during the afternoon. Light northeasterly winds, becoming southerly during the afternoon. Freezing level above the summits.


Overall cloudy with few spells of light rain at times. Light southerly winds, becoming northeasterly by the end of the day. Freezing level above the summits.

Recent conditions

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