Mountain Weather

We recommend getting a forecast no more than 18 hours from your start time.  The key factors in UK Mountain Weather forecast need to be taken at altitude.  A forecast for Keswick will be probably nothing like the weather on top of Blencathra.

The key factors to look at at altitude are –

  • wind speed
  • wind chill
  • temperature
  • precipitation
  • visibility.

Forecasts courtesy of The Metoffice. (We cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of any forecast).

Latest Mountain Weather Forecasts for the UK

Lake District Mountain Weather Forecast

Lake District National Park Mountain Weather Forecast

Lake District Mountain Forecast

Peak District Mountain Weather Forecast

Peak District National Park Mountain Weather Forecast

Peak District Mountain Forecast

Snowdonia National Park Mountain Weather Forecast

Snowdonia National Park Mountain Weather Forecast

Snowdonia Mountain Forecast

South West Highlands Mountain Weather Forecast

Ben Nevis Mountain weather forecast
Ben Nevis Mountain weather forecast

South West Scottish Highlands (including Ben Nevis area)  Mountain Weather Forecast

South West Scottish Highlands Mountain Weather Forecast

North West Highlands Mountain Weather Forecast

Mountain Weather Forecast

North West Scottish Highlands Mountain Weather Forecast

North West Scottish Highlands Mountain Weather Forecast

North Grampian Mountain Weather Forecast

Cairngorm Mountain weather forecast
Cairngorm Mountain weather forecast

North Grampian area (including Cairngorm range) Scottish Mountain Weather Forecast

North Grampian incl Cairngorm Mountain Weather Forecast

Weather in the UK mountains is extremely changeable. We always recommend taking gear with you for the conditions.

See our recommended gear list on what to take with you on the hill.

Many people decide for example not to take a head torch as they plan to be back in daylight. Yet if an injury occurs or they get lost and need Mountain Rescue, the only light they have to indicate their position is their mobile phone. This drains the battery and then they cannot communicate.

Remember the weather at 3000 feet will be very different to the town. Temperature drops by 1 to 3 deg celsius per 300m. So at sea level if it is 9 deg it could be 0 at 3000 feet!

Add to that windchill and say a 20mph wind and it will feel well -7c.

As well as the met office the mountain weather information service – mwis – also offer reliable weather forecasts in the UK.

At Ultimate Navigation we recommend a forecast by altitude within 18 hours of your start time and keep an eye on the weather in case it goes off forecast, each time you stop at a leg, check how the weather is developing and have an escape route already planned.