All the weather information you need to plan your outdoors weekend.
Weather - September 19-20, 2009
Our regular Friday round-up of what's in store for the weekend. Just
check the links for the relevant weather forecasts and if you want to
know how things look in a particular area right now, check out the
web cams page
for a selection of hill
cams. And whatever you do, have a good one.
good overviews of localised
areas based predominately on a number of meteorological models. Loads
of quirky options for stuff like rain forecasts plus offbeat,
leftfield weather generalisations. Get stuck in and have a browse,
there's a lot on this site.
You can check out individual
areas or dig a bit
deeper for the Mountain
page or the Climbing
page. The Seven-Day
give a handy overview
'The rather quiet autumnal weather that the majority of
Britain and Ireland have been experiencing over the last few days is
set to continue for a while yet...
'High pressure does drift away to the east slightly over
next day or two, which will allow those weather fronts to edge closer.
Indeed, some showery outbreaks of rain are likely in the far south
during Friday and then into the northwest during the weekend. For many
however, the dry and fair weather will continue for several days to
Weather Information Service
the Mountain Weather Information
mountain-specific forecasts for NW, W and SE Highlands, Cairngorms,
Southern Uplands, Peak District and Lakes in PDF format. Plus a
Snowdonia forecast. Scottish forecasts are seven days a week, the
Lakes are six days a week and the Peak and Snowdonia forecasts are
available three days, from Thursday through to Saturday.
Check individual forecasts for
Arguably the best mountain-specific forecast out there by a way .
Production is now fully funded by the Scottish Government in the
interests of mountain safety with operating and development down to
Saturday Blowy in the
Highlands with gusting up to 40-50mph locally, patchy drizzle and cloud
in west and north west, drier with sunshine east and south. Temps up
top 7-8˚C. Similar in Lakes, risk of patch rain in Snowdonia.
Sunday Check specifics but
general outlook is for mosty fine weather in the mountains for the rest
of next week.
Check specific forecasts for details as the weekend
uses Met Office data, but
more user friendly. Just been revamped for the summer, weird stuff
but easy access to a lot more information including rain forecasts,
cloud, wind, temperature, visibility etc. Nice. Localised forecasts
accessible from the same page.
If you want video, check out
with a selection of
BBC specific areas:
William / Kendal
(Peak) / Brecon
Beeb's gone all pictorial, so no
text forecast for the UK, leastways not one we can find. Oooh, hang on,
righthand side under 'Summary', same as the Met Office summary - see
local forecasts on web.
from iPlayer forecast: Risk of showers for the
the Met Office: The giants of weather
forecasting in the UK, the Met Office also provides mountain
forecasts covering five major UK mountain areas: Scottish
West Highlands / Scottish
East Highlands / Lake
District / Snowdonia
National Park / Brecon
Beacons National Park.
And now the Peak District too.
Detailed forecasts for each day
are posted early
morning - 5 am - plus there's a short outlook section for the next
Saturday: West highlands starting dry, rain
edging in from Atlantic later in the morning with hill fog and strong
southerly winds across the summits. Drier to the East, dry with sunny
spells mostly likely in Lakes and Snowdonia, though possible rogues
showers in North Wales. Peak dry with sunny intervals.
Sunday Dry and bright with
light winds and some sunny spells generally. Highlands may have a few
light showers during the day.
Check individual forecasts for details.
Saturday to Monday:
'Saturday, heavy showers in the south, some rain further northwest,
otherwise dry. Sunday, heavy showery rain in the southeast, otherwise
dry, bright. Monday, rain in the northwest, fine further southeast.'
- Lake District
About weatherline: Funded
by the Lake District National Park Authority, the service combines a
five-day forecast from the Met Office in Manchester with firsthand
information from the fell top assessors' daily climb up Helvellyn. Also
available by phone on 0870 055 0575.
Felltop assessments are over for the season, but you can still find the
detailed Lake District mountain weather forecast on the site.
About the Midge Forecast: Innovative midge
forecast covering the whole of Scotland and complete with interactive
map giving access to seven-day forecasts for main Scottish towns.
Midge-heads can also take advantage of extensive midge data which will
be updated each week.
The usual story, Glencoe scene of midgey massacres, east negligible
levels, more midges on the western side of things, but as usual, if you
dislike the little biting blighters, then Glencoe is the place to avoid.
Avalanche Information Service
Over for the season, back next winter.
If there's one that we've
missed, please drop
us a line and we'll
add it to the page.
Good for getting a general idea of what the snow situation's like, if
the sun is shining, whether there's anywhere to park in Coniston etc.
Check the image you're viewing is
up to date as
they often seem to go down. Recently overhauled so most cameras
featured are actually working :-) If you find one isn't or have a new
addition we should know about, please let us know.
spells, mainly light winds, Sunday looks good.
with some rain in western Highlands on Saturday.
The settled autumn weather looks set to
carry on, not that warm up top, say 7-8C but mostly dry with sunny
intervals. Might be less lovely in western and northwest Scottish hills
on Saturday with possibility of rain, hill fog and strong gusting winds
up top. Settling down again for Sunday though. Hurrah for high pressure.
Have a good one.
Disclaimer Hey come on, we all know mountain weather's
unpredictable, and while the above forecasts and links are a guide to
what the weather may do, remember that mountain areas also tend to
generate their own conditions, temperatures are much cooler up top
than in the valleys and conditions can be totally different from down
in the valleys.