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Lake District: latest pressure

Wednesday, 9 December 2009: dawn to dusk

Forecast issued: 0328 on Wednesday, 9 December 2009

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Overview for Wednesday

A showery southwesterly will affect the Lake District National Park.

Hazards Risk Explanation
Blizzards No Risk  
Heavy snow No Risk  
Storm force winds No Risk  
Gales High Winds 40mph with gusts 50mph over exposed ridges and summits.
Severe chill effect High With gales and temperatures around freezing then there will be a significant wind chill.
Persistent and extensive hill fog No Risk  
Thunderstorms No Risk  
Heavy persistent rain No Risk  

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Detailed mountain weather forecast: Lake District



Sunny intervals and scattered showers these especially over the western fells where they will be heavy at times especially in the afternoon and rather sleety over summits.


Generally good or very good with hills in the middle and far distance easily seen. Visibility becoming moderate in the showers.

Hill fog

Occasional at 800m with patches to 700m locally 500m in showers.

Maximum winds above 500m

Southwesterly 30 to 40mph but with gusts 50mph over exposed ridges and summits.


Valleys Plus 8 Celsius.
900 m Plus 2 Celsius
Freezing level Just above highest tops.



Some fog patches in the valleys at first these slow to dissolve away but will then leave a fine dry day with sunny spells.


Generally good to very good with hills at all distances easily seen. Down in the valleys however visibilities will be poor in the fog at first and only becoming moderate to good once the fog clears.

Hill fog

Nil generally however any fog in the valleys will be from the surface up to the tops at around 400 metres with the summits of the hills poking through this layer into the clear skies above.

Maximum winds above 500m

Southwesterly 15 to 20mph with gusts 30mph.


Valleys Plus 2 Celsius rising to 6 Celsius.
900 m 0 Celsius
Freezing level 900 metres



Any early morning valley fog slow to clear however the tops will be above the fog layer in the clear dry and sunny conditions above. Light winds with the freezing level around 650 metres.


A fine dry day with sunny spells and well broken cloud this well above the summits.


Any early morning valley fog slow to clear and may linger in some valleys throughout the day however the tops will be above the fog layer in the clear dry and sunny conditions above. Light winds with the freezing level around 600 metres.

Fell-top conditions

FELL TOP CONDITIONS REPORT: From Helvellyn at 1215 on Tuesday 8th December 2009Most of the Lakeland fells are now free of snow and ice. Many of the paths on Helvellyn are clear of snow, however above 650m there are small areas remaining. Striding and Swirral Edges are covered with some patches of snow and ice. The steep exit to Swirral Edge is covered with compacted snow which will require an ice axe to pass. Full winter clothing, footwear and equipment are essential for anyone venturing out onto the fells. For those going above the snow line and attempting steep routes or traversing steep ground an ice axe is recommended. Currently no winter climbs are in condition and environmental damage could be done to sensitive upland flora if they are attempted. Summit statistics today at 1215. Temperature : Plus 1.5C. Wind chill : minus 7.6C Max wind speed 36.9 mph Average wind speed 11.2 mph

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