Destroyed bridge in Newlands valley after floods of November 2009

Extreme weather events

The Lake District climate is generally mild due to the influence of the sea. Occasionally however, the Lake District sees weather conditions which are out of the ordinary.

Extreme weather events from the past

December 2016: Strom Desmond, winds upto 81mph and record-breaking rainfall across Cumbria

November 2009: 314.4mm of rain fell in Seathwaite in 24 hours – a new record for England. Cockermouth and Keswick flooded.

7 and 8 January 2005: Storms batter Cumbria – a gust of 111 knots recorded on Great Dun Fell – many trees blown down.

Summer 1995: Drought year. Haweswater reservoir 89 per cent empty and the drowned village of Mardale visible.

31 Jan 1995: 100mm of rain overnight cause floods that change the course of Raise Beck - Dunmail Raise - to flow to Grasmere instead of Thirlmere Reservoir.

July 1988: Grasmere had its wettest month of the 20th century.

Summer 1984: Drought year. Drowned village of Mardale visible in Haweswater reservoir.

Feb 1984: Over 600 mm of snow fell in some areas of the District.

July 1983: Temperature in Ambleside reached 31.7C, the same figure as in 1934.

1963: Windermere completely freezes over.

Nov 1955: Seathwaite in Borrowdale received 204mm of rain within 24 hours, about one quarter of the annual rainfall for Penrith.

1954: Sprinkling Tarn near Sty Head received 6527.8mm of rain this year - the same height as 1.5 double-decker buses!

Jan 1940: Temperature in Ambleside dropped to –21.1C. Ice measuring over 305 mm thick was recorded on Derwentwater.

May 1935: Keswick in contrast to 1922 received 294.9 hours of sunshine in this month.

July 1934: The temperature in Ambleside reached 31.7C.

Dec 1922: During this month Keswick only received 5.5 hours of sunshine.

Oct 1898: Flooding caused the level of Windermere to rise 2130 mm above its normal level.

Nov 1683 - Feb 1684: Windermere frozen over, the longest recorded period for this event.