The weather in the Lake District is often either beautiful or dramatic. Rain is necessary to keep the lakes filled and create the lush landscape, but the statistics can be misleading as the rain when it falls can be heavy. We often get beautiful sunny days, particularly in the period from March to June, when other parts of the country are covered in grey. Similarly, we often escape the worst of the winter weather, although the fells will be covered with snow. To understand the weather here, we hope that the links on this page will be helpful, or at least interesting.
Most forecasts are pretty unreliable as the topography of the Lake District means that the weather varies quite a lot from area to area. A good tip when planning a walk in doubtful weather is to go to the “leeward side” of the mountain district. So, if the wind is from the west, then High Street from Haweswater might be a good idea. In a south-easterly, try the north-west mountains such as the Grasmoor range. Also, unless the weather is settled, then any forecast more than a day ahead is quite likely to be wrong, particularly as regards the timing of events. That said, here are some of the most useful forecasts:
The mountain forecast is always a good starting
point, as is the forecast by the Lake District
Weatherline (this should be the same as the telephone-based service on 0844 846 2444).
The BBC forecast is a good way of understanding the overall weather pattern. Click on the link and then use the “forward” button to step through the forecast.
The Met Office site has useful tabs for both forecasts and actual weather and allows you to view rainfall radar etc. as well.
Below is the Met Office weather forecast for Keswick.
There are a number of useful webcams and weather stations in the area. A good collection of webcams can be found on the Lake District National Park Authority’s site.
Our own weather at Mosser (about 8 miles west of Bawd Hall) is shown in the clickable image below. See here for full details of the weather at Mosser.