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Weather Forecasts

The weather can change suddenly in the mountains. Forecasts are never 100% accurate and are often wrong, particularly with respect to the timing of weather events. We recommend checking the forecast whilst planning your trip and then again as late as possible before heading into the fells. With smartphones it is even possible to check the forecast whilst on the fells (if you have reception). I personally have the MWIS mobile forecast at www.mwis.org.uk/mobile/ld.php bookmarked on my phone (this only works on mobile devices).

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Mountain Weather Information Service

The Mountain Weather Information Service produces a very detailed three day forecast available here.

Met Office Mountain Forecast

The Met Office forecast includes a detailed daily fell-top conditions report from Helvelyn during winter months. This can be very useful when planning appropriate days out in winter.

These Weather Widgets are provided by the Met Office

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/advice/weather/

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  1. David Grant

    Does anyone know if the water on scarfell, helvellyn and skiddaw is okay to drink? i know there is the risk of dead animals etc.

    1. Jon Lynch

      Many people drink water from becks without incident, including me. However, one person I know has suffered from giardia after drinking water on the fells.

      Hope this helps,
      Jon

  2. Matt

    I will be climbing Scarfell on the last weekend in April. I know its early but do you expect the conditions to require crampons and axes?

    1. Jon Lynch

      Who knows, if it remains cold it could stay wintery for even longer than that. A week of warm rain could strip nearly all of the current snow cover.

  3. barry

    i will be climbing scafell a week on saturday will i need crampons and an ice axe

    1. Jon Lynch

      I would be taking and expecting to use mine!
      Jon

  4. Alan

    I am writing regarding the “weather” page of your website:

    http://www.wmrt.org.uk/advice/weather/

    There is currently a link on it to the National Park Weatherline, and that website quotes an 0844 telephone number.

    The same weather forecast is also available direct from the Met Office, at

    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/loutdoor/mountainsafety/

    and that page says “These Mountain area forecasts can also be obtained by calling the Customer Centre”. Clicking on that “Customer Centre” link, you are told the phone number 01392 885680 (as well as an 0870 alternative).

    For many mobile customers, an 0844 number will be much more expensive to call than a geographical one such as supplied by the Met Office. For example, on the tariff that I am on, it is 40p/minute as compared to 12p/minute:

    http://www1.orange.co.uk/service_plans/payasyougo/payg_racoon_costs.html

    and the price could be a disincentive to people obtaining a mountain weather forecast. Obviously it is in your interests to let people know how they can obtain a forecast at reasonable expense, so that they actually check the forecast, rather than choose not to and increase their chances of needing to be rescued.

    So I would like to suggest that you change the weather forecast link on your website to point to the above Met Office page rather than to the Weatherline one.

    Regards,
    Alan

    1. Jon Lynch

      Thank you Alan,

      I have updated the link above,

      Jon

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