Lake District Weather and Climate

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Weather and climate information for the lake district national park.

Current weather conditions, forecasts and predictions:

For extensive detailed local forecasts visit the experts at www.lakedistrictweatherline.co.uk

The UK mountain weather information service also offer an excellent source of constantly updated forecasts: www.mwis.org.uk


General weather and climate information:

Due to  its location on the north western coast of England and the mountainous geography of the region The Lake District is England’s wettest region.  The average annual rainfall for the Lake District is more than 2,000 mm; there is, however, a great local variation with some areas of the region receiving considerably more rainfall than others. For example Seathwaite in Borrowdale receives on average of 3,300 mm of rainfall a year, making it the wettest inhabited town in the United Kingdom; whereas Keswick situated at the end of Borrowdale receives 1,470 mm of rainfall every year; and Penrith receives only 870 mm annual rainfall.

Sprinkling Tarn is the wettest area of the Lake District and receives over 5,000 mm of rainfall every year. The wettest months of the year are October through January and the driest are March through June, but the low level areas show little difference in rainfall between months.

The Lake District has comparatively moderate differences in temperature throughout the year, which is due to its maritime climate. The Lake District’s valleys have an average temperature which ranges from approximately 3° C in January to approximately 15° C in July, while the higher lying areas experience a bit more fluctuations in temperature.

The Lake District’s protected valleys have gale force winds on average 5 days out of the year, while the coastal areas receive 20 days of gale force winds annually and the fell tops receive up to 100 days of gale force winds every year.

The commonly low height of most of the Lake District’s fells means that, even though there is snowfall expected during winter, they are free from snow any time throughout the year. Normally considerable snowfall only occurs from November through April at the peak of winter. The average snow fall on Helvellyn is around 67 days of the year. Right through the year the Lake District’s valleys usually have 20 days of snowfall, 200 days of rainfall and 145 dry days.

Hill fog is a common occurrence any time all through the year and the fells on average barely receive approximately 2,5 hours of sunshine a day, while this increases to around 4,1 hours of sunshine a day on the coastal plains.