Matt Squirrell

The weather

One of the most important pieces of information to know when heading out into the hills is the weather forecast for the day(s) ahead. Gathered here are a selection of weather forecasts and condition reports both national and for specific areas. For some sites I’ve included my personal opinion of how useful I have found them in the past.

Forecasts specifically for mountain users

Mountain Weather Information Service - ( Recently updated (Jan 06) to now include detailed forecasts for 8 areas of the UK:

These forecasts are freely available as Adobe PDF files and are designed especially for mountain users. From personal experience I have found these forecasts reliable and consider them the best forecasts freely available on the Internet.

Lake District Weather Line - (Weather Line) Run by the National Park Authority this provides a forecast for the day ahead at about 08:00 and for the next day about 17:00. Phone 0870 055 0575 and listen to the recorded message (6p/minute from within UK, usually lasts about 2 minutes). A text version of this message can be found on the National Park website.

Met Office Mountain Forecasts for Wales - Cover Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons. Funded by the Welsh Assembly.

Accuweather - ( UK & Ireland Mountain Weather

Metcheck - ( Mountain and Hill forecasts for most major walking areas for the next 72 hrs.

Avalanche Reports / Snow Conditions

sportscotland Avalanche Information Service - ( Provides daily forecasts of the avalanche, snow and climbing conditions in 5 areas of Scotland during the winter season:

General Weather Forecasts

The Met Office - (

BBC Weather - (