Weather Forecast for the Summit of Snowdon

The Snowdonia weather can vary dramatically from one hour to the next from glorious sunshine to torrential rain and when you add the varying altitudes of Snowdon, you can end up being caught out without the proper equipment if you’re not prepared. Some of the routes up Snowdon begin at sea level while the mountain itself climbs to 3,560 feet so, to make sure you have the right equipment and to have the safest and most enjoyable day possible, make sure you’ve checked the weather for Snowdon on one of the following sites before you set out on your walk up Wales’ highest summit.

Met Office Weather for Snowdon Summit

The met office has a very good 7 day forecast for the actual summit of Snowdon. It is worth bearing in mind that the weather at the summit is very likely to be different to the weather at the start of your walk so it’s worth checking to make sure you’ve got the right equipment. Also, bear in mind that if you’re not familiar with your route, cloud can cover the mountain making visibility very poor.

Met Office Weather for Snowdon Summit

Mountain Forecast for Snowdon Summit

Mountain Forecast offers a very detailed 12 day forecast for the summit of Snowdon which can be very useful if you’re planning a visit a while in advance. It’s a really handy tool for planning which weekend or day in the near future to visit Snowdon and combined with one of the other sites, can help you make sure you pick the best day to travel.

Mountain Forecast for Snowdon Summit

Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) Snowdonia

The mountain weather information service was established in 2003 to give brief weather information to people who used various mountains and ranges. Being updated by both walkers and meteorologists, it is a very handy tool in the Swiss army knife of the mountain walker. Since it’s conception it has grown in both size and popularity and gives a good summary of upcoming Snowdonia weather.

Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) Snowdonia

Snowdonia ground condition report

The Snowdonia ground conditions report is different from the forecasts above because it’s completed by Snowdonia National Park Wardens who have actually done the walk and have documented the conditions underfoot. This is a very useful resource in the winter months when you want to know what equipment to take and see the particulars of ice and snow, especially as you can see where and when the report was made from.

Snowdonia ground condition report

Met Office Specialist Mountain Forecast

The Met Office offer a specialist weather forecast for Snowdonia giving a detailed look at the weather for the next 48 hours as well as a good forecast for the following 72 hours. This is helpful if you’re planning on visiting Snowdon or any of the many other mountains in Snowdonia

Met Office specialist mountain forecast

Snowdon Weather Forecast

The weather on Snowdon can have a dramatic impact on how enjoyable your day is, or rather, knowing what the weather will be and making sure you’ve got the right equipment will make a huge difference. If it’s a clear day, the views form the summit and along the routes are spectacular but even in cloudy days, you can still see some amazing views.

If the weather’s warm and sunny, be sure to take plenty of water and sun cream however, if the weather’s cooler, you’d be wise to take some warm clothes. Whatever the weather forecast, the summit of Snowdon can be roughly 10° C cooler than at the base so even if it’s warm and mild when you set off, it will be colder by the time you reach the summit.

Not only is there a difference in temperature between the base and summit of Snowdon, but the weather system throughout Snowdonia is very changeable and has the potential to turn from a glorious sunny day to cold and raining in a very short space of time so it’s always worth being prepared and checking the Snowdon weather forecast before setting off for your day to ensure you’re well prepared.

As well as checking the weather forecast, you can also take a look at some of the webcams around Snowdon and Snowdonia