Weekend Weather Outlook
It's back to those figure-hugging thermal leggings for Walter the Weathergirl as winter sharpens its teeth and thinks about getting a bit nastier, still not bad though...
Posted: 24 October 2003
by Walter The Weathergirl
25th-26th October 2003
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 OM
web cams page - see link further down the page - for a
selection of hill cams. And whatever you do, have a good
New on the web is
Nevisport's mountain weather
forecast covering the main UK
mountain areas, updated twice a day and giving both a
general overview and a three-day outlook with useful stats
like wind speed, freezing levels and both valley and summit
temperatures. There's also a general UK forecast.
Good to see a mountain specific forecast
back at long last. Check the site for individual
data. Winter's on the way with today's summit temperatures on
Ben Nevis forecast at minus 4 degrees C. Good or bad? You
outlook for Saturday -
cold, frosty start with fog to begin with in some areas then
it'll stay mainly dry in the south complete with added
sunshine. Scotland cops showery rain as does Northern
Ireland which looks like spreading to North Wales and
northern England in the afternoon. Fresh.
Sunday Far south of England kicks
off with showers then clearing to give mostly dry day with
sunny spells. Rain and drizzle spreading from far NW to most
of Northern Ireland then most of Scotland after lunch. Cold
in the north.
New Mountain Forecasts New this
week, excellent online forecasts covering the National Park
areas of Snowdonia
and the Brecon
Beacons. Good to see the Met
Office covering mountain areas, though this appears to be an
initiative of the Wales Tourist Board and the Met Office in
Weather site uses Met Office
data, but is generally easier to follow. Streaming video
weather forecasts also available on the site.
Saturday Dry and sunny in the
south and west after early low cloud and fog clears away but
cloudier in northeastern areas and with a the possibity of
igt rain near the coast or over the hills. Showers, they
say, in northern Scotland and over the northern
Sunday Scattered rain heading
southwards across northern and central parts which may be
heavy in some places. Then sunny spells and showers which
may be wintry over the hills. The south will be dry with
sunny spells and you can expect a chilly northeast
Check BBC's specific areas:
William / Kendal
(Peak) / Brecon
Keynes. Saturday looks like the
better day in most areas, though Peak and Dales look good
going to mostly cloudy with showers in Scotland and Northern
Ireland according to Online Weather, risk of sleet or snow
over the mountains. Isolated, scattered showers late on in
western England and Wales, dry and bright in the south
mainly dry and bright in England, Wales and southern
Scotland. Isolated showers possible elsewhere in Scotland
and Northern Ireland.
Wasdaleweb weather - daily
reports updated before 10 am, a local forecast and a current
pic - always worth a loook just for the piccy. - from OM
member Guy Newbold who lives and works in Wasdale. Guy's
just invented Wasdale
Web and you should be directed
there automatically from the link above.
Saturday cops an 80 per-cent risk of
precipitation, Sunday a bit safer looking at 30 per-cent
risk, but without the sunny spells.
New on the site, the Wasdaleweb
Webcam , you can see the current
image on the weather page.
Avalanche Information Service -
closed for the season, roll on next winter :-) And it is...
Not long now. Though if there's really heavy early snow, the
SAIS sometimes publishes a 'pre-season forecast'. Not yet
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
Showers rather than sustained rain and not bad south of the
Winter's sharpening its teeth, feeling colder, especially in
the early mornings.
Verdict Not quite winter, but it's
trying hard and it'll feel cold on the tops so you'll need
hat, gloves, some warm clothing and wind / water proof shell
clothing to cope with the odd shower, particularly if you're
up in Scotland... Basically not a bad weekend though,
particularly in English hills. Have a good one.
Craven 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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