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  1. Weather on the fells: Cloudy and cold, snow flurries possible

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around -2C (28F)
    • Winds: A fresh to strong north-easterly wind with gusts up to 40mph.
    • Cloud: Extensive cloud expected with only occasional sunnier intervals. Cloud base down to 1,000ft (300m) at times
    • Weather: Cloudy at times through the day with only occasional sunny intervals. A cold day with occasional spots of drizzle and a chance of a few very light snow flurries on the fell tops.
    • Visibility: Poor at times above 1,000ft (300m) but generally moderate in the valleys.
    • Freezing level: Around 1,300ft to 1,600ft (400m to 500m).
    View towards Raise ski tow

    Jon from the Fell Top Assessors took this picture of the last of the snow towards Raise ski tow.

  2. Weather on the fells: Dry with bright spells and patchy cloud

    • Temperature at 3000ft: Around 4c to 5C (39F to 41F).
    • Winds: Gentle southerly winds with gusts up to 15mph to 20mph.
    • Cloud: Patchy cloud throughout the day with cloud bases around 330ft to 660ft (100m to 200m) in the morning, rising to around 1,000ft to 2,000ft (300m to 600m) later.
    • Weather: A dry day with brighter spells between patches of cloud.
    • Visibility: Good during periods of brightness, but poor above the cloud bases in any cloud patches.
    • Freezing level: Above the peaks.
    From Catstye Cam towards Cross Fell

    Jon from the Fell Top Assessors took this picture from Catstye Cam's summit, looking across to Cross Fell's summit.

  3. Cumbrian beauty spot to get viewing platform

    Visitors to one of Cumbria's best known waterfalls will be able to get a better view this summer.

    The National Trust is investing £200,000 at Aira Force, near Ullswater, creating a viewing platform and repairing footpaths.

    Aria Force waterfall

    Aira Force has been popular since Victorian times and is one of the area's most visited natural attractions,

    Laura Ruxton from the National Trust said: "Around 300,000 visitors now come to the site each year and that does have a huge impact on the footpaths."

    Footpath erosion at Aria Force

    It is hoped work will be completed by July.

  4. Weather on the fells: Foggy patches clearing

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around 3C to 4C (37F to 39F) in the morning, before increasing in the afternoon to around 5C to 6C (41F to 43F).
    • Winds: Gentle south-easterly winds with gusts up to 15mph.
    • Cloud: Patchy mist or fog in the morning, with a few patches of cloud around. Cloud bases around 500ft to 1,000ft (150m to 300m). Cloudless skies later.
    • Weather: A few patches of mist and fog around, mainly in the morning, which will begin to lift allowing a dry day with plenty of sunshine.
    • Visibility: Poor visibility in places in the morning due to patchy fog and low cloud but gradually improving as fog and mist lifts.
    • Freezing level: Above the peaks.
    Broken spectre

    Wes from the Fell Top Assessors team took this picture of a broken spectre over Helvellyn. The halo effect is caused by sun shining behind the observer and casting their shadow over a layer of cloud.

  5. Hospital staff in second day of strike action

    A second 24-hour strike is under way involving more than 150 staff at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

    Porters, cleaners and catering staff are taking action over payments for working unsocial hours.

    NHS workers receive enhanced rates for working at unsociable times such as weekends or through the night, but Unison says non-medical staff at the hospital have not been getting the payments for 10 years.

    Mitie, which took over the contract for those workers in November, last week said talks were "continuing" in an effort to resolve the dispute.

    A first day of strike action (pictured) was held on Friday.

    Six striking hospital workers during the first day of industrial action
  6. Weather on the fells: Dry with patchy cloud and bright spells

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around 1C to 2C (34F to 36F).
    • Winds: Westerly with gusts up to 25mph to 30mph.
    • Cloud: Patchy cloud through the day, with cloud bases around 1,000ft to 2,000ft (300m to 600m).
    • Weather: A dry day for the fells, with patchy cloud allowing intermittent bright spells. Cloud will become increasingly broken through the day.
    • Visibility: Generally good; very good during periods of sunshine, but poor above the cloud bases in any patches of cloud.
    • Freezing level: Above the peaks.
    Cornice line from Lower Man

    Wes from the Fell Top Assessors took this picture of the old cornice line extending from Lower Man towards Swirral edge.

  7. World gurning championships cancelled again

    The world gurning championships have been cancelled for a second successive year because of coronavirus.

    The competition is part of Egremont Crab Fair, believed to be one of the oldest fairs in the world dating back to 1267.

    The annual event, which is held in September, has only been cancelled by world wars and the Covid pandemic.

    Assistant secretary Dan Nixon said the health of participants and spectators is paramount: "Organising an event of this scale where we can expect 5,000 to 7,000 people is a mammoth task and we need to ensure we've got the procedures in place to make sure we can organise a safe event.

    "We wouldn't be comfortable with being able to offer a safe event for families to attend and we just don't feel it is the right time to organise such a large event."

    Organisers are now planning a "bigger and better" Crab Fair for next year.

    Egremont Crab Fair gurners