Weather - March 27-28, 2010
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
'Further outbreaks of rain will move northwards tonight, these reaching
Scotland and Northern Ireland by early Friday. Meanwhile drier and
clearer conditions will follow into southern counties, but with a
freshening south/south-westerly wind. This takes us into a breezy day
for Friday, but sunny spells will affect many areas.
'Rain will persist over Scotland and Northern Ireland though, and some
heavy showers are expected to break out over some western and southern
areas too by the afternoon. The unsettled theme continues into the
weekend, with more showers or longer spells of rain affecting all
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 Scotland blowy, some gusts
up to 50mph later on with buffeting on higher ground,
snow showers, rain below about 700m, patchy sunshine, clear air but
poor visibility in precipitation, around freezing on the tops. Similar
in Lakes and Snowdonia.
More of the
same for Scottish areas, further south drier, calmer and clear though
sunshine weakening as high level cloud moves in. Again around freezing
on the tops.
weekend will see a drop in temperature across all mountain areas, and
showers, particularly across parts of northern and western Scotland,
where snow showers will at times give blizzards. Next week will be cold
and often windy.
An area of low pressure will cross southern Britain on Monday and then
move only lowly away east on the run up to Easter, resulting
in a return to cold weather with at least some snow on nearly all
mountains - with substantial falls in many areas, especially eastern
Scotland and across England and Wales. '
Check specific forecasts for details as the weekend
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: Cool breeze on Saturday after
bright start, more unsettled for the rest of the weekend.
the Met Office: The
giants of weather
forecasting in the UK, the Met Office also provides mountain
forecasts covering major UK mountain areas - east and west
Highlands, Lakes, Snowdonia, Dales - just added - Peak and the Brecon
Beacons. Detailed forecasts for each day
are posted early
morning - 5 am - plus there's a short outlook section for the next
Saturday: Scotland, brighter, sunny spellls,
showers falling as snow above 600m, winds increasing to gale force with
gust over exposed northern ridges reaching 70mph. Freezing on the tops.
Lakes and Snowdonia less windy, still cold, a few scattered showers.
Sunday Starting dry and bright
everywhere, showers becoming prolonged over the day, cold with strong
winds north of the border.
Check individual forecasts for details.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Sunny
spells and a few showers on Saturday. Heavy rain should push into
England and Wales during Sunday, and then into Northern Ireland and
southern Scotland on Monday.
- Lake District
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 0844 846 2444
Felltop assessments are back: Thursday's
report Very little snow and ice below 900m and remnants
are wet and thawing fast. Drifts up to 50cm above 900m, wet and loose,
so won't support weight. Hard snow also thawing but overnight frost
would make it hard and 'treacherous'. Full winter clothing and
equipment still needed.
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.
Midges going to sleep for winter, or whatever midges do. The midge
forecast is back next year.
Avalanche Information Service
Back for winter and revamped too with new graphics and colour coding. Latest forecasts
Friday forecast mostly stable snowpack, low to moderate risk in all
areas. Check before heading out.
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.
periods and good visibility.
Scottish mountains, heavy showers likely on Sunday.
Weekend getting cold again and sub-zero
temperatures up top could lead to thawing snow refreezing, so ful
winter equipment still essential, even in the Lakes. Sunday seems to be
turning unsettled with windy conditions and showers
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.