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Patterdale MRT issues reminder over wintry conditions

Credit: Patterdale Mountain Rescue

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team has issued a reminder to the public that conditions on the fells can still be wintry despite it now being April.

It follows an incident last night where a 69-year-old man got stuck while ascending Helvellyn at the end of Striding Edge.

While he was eventually able to free himself , Patterdale MRT have since stressed that sheet ice, sleet, snow, and very strong winds can still cause tough conditions for those walking on the fells.

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Border Weather - Monday

It's always beach weather........ Credit: TRACEY LAING

A bright and mainly dry start with a few scattered showers, wintry over hills.

Turning cloudier by lunchtime with longer spells of rain in the afternoon, wet snow temporarily over the higher ground in east.

Winds strengthening again. Highs at best to 9°C

Border Weather - Sunday

Windy Galloway NANCY VENMAN Credit: NANCY VENMAN

Dry, bright start over The Borders. Showers will soon develop though, becoming frequent and heavy over Dumfries and Galloway, extending eastwards during the afternoon.

A mix of fewer showers and more sunshine later but with strengthening westerly winds. Highs to 9 °C.

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Border Weather - Saturday

Wastwater on Friday Credit: MARK HARWOOD

A wet and windy start, with overnight rain clearing during the morning. Gales possible in exposure with gusts reaching 50-60mph.

Sunny spells will then follow but also blustery showers feeding in along the strong west wind.

Milder highs of 13°C, so feeling warm in shelter.

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