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.
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.