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Weather Report from Portinscale, near Keswick, Cumbria


"LIVE" WEATHER from our Davis Vantage Pro2 weather station.

Summary for Thursday 28th April 2016

The sun was shining when Skye and I were out for an early (relatively!) walk this morning but clouds had already blotted out the sun by the time we got back. It did however remain dry but that changed as I was having a late morning coffee as light rain began to fall. Within the hour, that turned to sleet and by midday to snow, the like of which we haven't seen for months with large flakes which eventually covered to lawn such that the grass was all but invisible. Most of the snow down here has already thawed but there is still plenty on the fells down to a couple of hundred metres (600 feet or so). The rain gauge has recorded 11 mm of rain equivalent so far. But back to last night: Clear skies and bright stars led to an air frost (just!) at midnight with a near frost at dawn. The temperature then rose to 60C for a couple of hours, but as clouds thickened, it started on its way down, accelerated (accompanied ?) by the advent of snow to just 1.40C. It has risen by a couple of degrees since as the snow stopped and the sun came out briefly but its cloudy and misty again now (6 pm). Other than early morning, the sun has been largely absent today with poor visibility, exemplified by the solar PV output of just 2.5 kWh! (It was over 11 kWh yesterday). The snow is expected to resume overnight and into the first part of the morning but ease later with hail and snow flurries in the afternoon though rain at valley level. There's been very little wind today but it will make up for that tomorrow especially in the afternoon reaching gale force over the fells. Bursts of sunshine are also expected though mainly in the east of the Park. (Forecast links at bottom of page)

For images of the December floods please click here

For a graphical display of of data during the last 24 hours from our Davis Vantage Pro2 weather station click here .

Solar radiation for the last 24 hours to 6 pm

Solar PV output for the last 24 hours to 6 pm

Minima and maxima for Wednesday 27th March

Our Weather Records for previous months and years.

Weather Forecast from the Lake District National Park Weatherline available online. The Fell Conditions report has now stopped until Winter.

Mountain Weather Information Service with 3 day forecasts for Lake District. Those for Scotland, Snowdonia and The Peak District are also available from the Home page

For forecasts for all the mountain areas in the UK go to the Met Office Mountain area forecasts.

Metcheck short and long term forecasts for Keswick and Portinscale

Design and Barry Colam

Thursday 28th April 2016