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Mountain area forecasts

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Why have we done this?

Mountains can be inhospitable and dangerous places for the ill prepared. From one hour to the next, from one hill to the next, they can exhibit a dramatic variation in weather conditions. Whether it's a well-planned expedition or a spur of the moment decision to go to the hills, it is important to check the forecast.

Map showing areas used in forecasts

Yorkshire Dales East Highlands Peak District Brecon Beacons Snowdonia West Highland Lake District

Forecasts available

The forecasts are issued twice daily

These Mountain area forecasts can also be obtained by calling the Customer Centre

Useful information

Guide to mountain forecasts

How to stay safe on the mountains — A video guide

Related Internet links

Basecamp mountain rescue support group

What the forecasts include

Mountain forecasts are provided for the main mountain areas and those which have the highest visitor figures.

Forecasts cover daylight hours and contain the following information.

  • Hazard risk
  • Overview
  • 3 hourly weather summary
  • Probability of precipitation
  • Visibility
  • Hill fog
  • Maximum winds
  • Valley and summit level temperatures
  • Freezing level
  • Latest pressure chart
  • General outlook for the next few days


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