Lake District Weather

The weather in the lake district is amazingly diverse

When you’re going away for a break somewhere most people want to know what sort of weather to expect when they get there.
Although you can check some weather forecasts to see what the weather is like in the Lake District for the next few weeks or so, this won’t help you too much if you want to book a hotel 6 months in advance!

The Lake Districts weather can vary a lot just like any other part of the United Kingdom, so it might be a good idea to plan ahead and come up with what you’ll spend your time doing if it’s raining or if it’s really sunny (if you get lucky!).
Generally, the weather in the Lake District can be quite rainy, but you’d have to expect that really since there are mountains in the area! Believe it or not, the Borrowdale Valley is one of the wettest places in England, with a total of 3,100mm of rain per year on average. So if you’re thinking about staying anywhere near the Borrowdale Valley, you’ve been warned!


Micro Climate ??

A lot of people say that the Lake District has it’s very own micro climate since the weather could be terrible where you are in the Lake District while just a few minutes down the road the sun could be shining for the whole day, so it really depends whether you’re lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time to be honest. Weather changes so quickly in the Lake District, one minute you could be complaining that it’s too warm and the next minute you could be moaning about the rain. That’s what makes this area of Cumbria so special though, it’s truly unique.  

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Weather on the mountains

The altitude that you’re at can really affect the weather for obvious reasons; if you’re in a part of the Lake District that’s really high you could even see some snow! For example, it snows for over 2 months out of 12 months on Helvellyn which is a mountain that is over 3,000 feet above sea level. A lot of people spend their time in the Lake District exploring mountains and so on, and if this is what you want to do we’d recommend that you be very careful in regards to the weather. As we previously mentioned, the weather in the Lake District can change so quickly so just because the weather seems to be fine for a t-shirt and shorts at one moment, you might want to make sure that you’ve got more clothes with you just in case anything changes. Don’t attempt to climb any mountains without having all of the equipment (and proper clothes) that you need, or else you could find yourself in a lot of trouble. Even though the weather in the Lake District is well-known for being extremely wet during the year, during the summer months you might want to bring some more drinks and so on with you when you’re out and about in the Lake District.


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For the latest, up to date weather information visit the Lake District weather line.
This service is dedicated to the lake district and gives the latest weather conditions at ground level and in the mountains.