Easter Weekend Weather
Walter The Weathergirl stirs through the entrails of the odd dead sheep in search of the weather outlook for the four-day Easter weekend. And it's a holiday of two parts...
Posted: 24 March 2005
by Walter The Weathergirl
25th-28th March '05
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.
Because it's a four-day weekend, not all
the forecasts will look far enough ahead, the links will
continue to work however or simply dig around for longer
term forecasts on the relevant sites...
for good overviews as well as a
forecast that allows
you to select indidual peaks throughout the UK with
a 72-hour graphic summary of conditions hour by
hour plus a load of other interesting
The Metcheck guys have gone
skiing, but you can still access all the forecast
data. Use the 1-7 day option to get an idea of
what's likely to happen in your chosen area over
the weekend. Generally Friday and Saturday look set
to continue mild with temperatures dropping back
into single figuires on Sunday and
Service has a
great downloadable mountain-specific
forecast for Eastern and Western
Highlands, Peak District and
Lakes in PDF format. Plus a Snowdonia
forecast. The Peak and Snowdonia forecasts are now
restricted to weekend forecasts and go ou ton
Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Check specific forecasts -
Peak and North Wales for the weekend not posted at
the time of writing - generally though winds look
set to switch from west to cooler easterly winds on
Saturday. Occasional sunshine, good visibility,
'doubt about rainfall' according to the planning
outlook, so cross your fingers.
Office For localised
five-day forecasts use this
Sunny spells and relative mildness for
Friday and Saturday in most areas, the Easter
forecast promises a warm
and sunny start on Friday but then a change as cooler
easterly winds bringing cooler, cloudier weather. By Easter
Sunday and Monday temperatures in some eastern areas will
struggle to reach 9 degrees C, it says here.
Welsh Mountain Forecasts Useful
online forecasts covering the National Park areas of
- and the Brecon
Weather Site uses Met
Office data, but more user friendly.
Friday ''Misty low cloud clearing
to leave sunny spells but pathy mist may linger near some
coasts. Most places will be dry but some showers are likely
in the north and east. Warm. Windy in the southwest later.
Saturday 'Some sunshine in the
west, otherwise cloudy. Most places staying dry, though
patchy rain is liekly for eastern and southern areas.
Feeling much colder as easterly winds set in.'
BBC specific areas:
William / Kendal
(Peak) / Brecon
weather - Always worth a
loook just for the piccy from OM member Guy Newbold who
lives and works in Wasdale. See also the live webcam pics of
Scafell Pike and Great Gable.
Webcam now has a flashy new
camera for higher quality images and they looks great plus
there's now a new Scafell Pike web cam, which is currently
Scottish Avalanche Information
Service - The avalanche forecast
and snow conditions reports are back covering five main
Scottish winter climbing areas. You should always check the
report before heading out. Mild
temperatures and rain = thaw conditions :-( Say goodbye to
the snow. 'COMMENT: Excellent rock climbing weather when the
rain goes off!'
web cam page Links to all the UK
mountain web cams we're aware of. 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. Ho
hum... Just updated with several new cams and fixed
Pleasantly mild on Friday.
Easterly winds make for cooler weather second half of
Verdict Looks like Friday and
possibly Saturday will be mild and pleasant with sunny
intervals, but winds shifting round to the east from
Saturday onwards will make for cooler weather plus possibly
some rain and cloud. But what are you, a mountaineer or a
mouse? If you want spring weather then tomorrow is your best
bet, but whatever happens, it looks like you can wave
goodbye to the snow. Have a good one.
Obvious 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.
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