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Weather and climate

The climate affects all areas of life in the Lake District. It helped create the landscape of fells, valleys and lakes. It influences farming and tourism and the local economy. It provides opportunities for a wide range of sport, leisure and business activities.

Weather and climate - what’s the difference?

It is important to understand the difference between weather and climate. Both refer to what happens in the atmosphere.

  • Weather is the condition of the atmosphere over a short period of time - what happens day to day
  • Climate is the average expected weather over the seasons for a region - the long term pattern

To put it another way:

climate is what you expect; weather is what you get!

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