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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days


High for unsettled theme throughout, and for a very mixed day on Friday, with cloud obscuring hills. Also high for a dry start Saturday, but confidence is low regarding timing and extent of rainfall later. Confidence then remains very low with the details and timings thereafter.

  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Further outlook

Friday 18 August 2017

Weather hazards

Poor visibility Low likelihood Hide detail

Poor visibility presents challenging route finding conditions. Visibility could be significantly less than 50 metres in all directions with few or no visual references, especially on featureless moors or plateaux. Distances become hard to judge and cliff or cornice edges can be difficult to recognise. These conditions require good navigational skills. There is a risk of white-out conditions when mist or fog is combined with extensive snow cover.

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Thunderstorms Low likelihood Show detail

Lightning is a significant mountain hazard which can result in serious injury or death. Mountain terrain often leaves one highly exposed to lightning strikes. Hail may give unpleasant conditions with torrential rain and localised flash flooding also possible, mainly in Summer months.

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Heavy persistent rain Low likelihood Show detail

Prolonged exposure to heavy rain can result in drenched clothing and a risk of hypothermia if not wearing good quality waterproofs. Terrain may turn increasingly boggy underfoot, while mountain streams will rapidly rise into spate and may become impassable. There may also be a risk of flooding in valleys or glens. If there is snow cover, a heightened avalanche hazard is possible and avalanche reports should be consulted where available.

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Strong sunlight Low likelihood Show detail

Harmful UV levels from sunlight increase with altitude giving a greater risk of sunburn and eye damage, even on some overcast days. On breezy days, the cooling effect of wind on exposed skin may disguise any feeling of sunburn until it is too late. If there is snow cover, glare increases the effect of UV rays especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block, protective clothing such as a long-sleeved top and hat and have good quality eye protection.

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Windy with sunny spells and showers, some of these heavy.


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Light shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower night
Chance of precipitation at 600m 50% 60% 60% 50% 70% 50%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m SW 26 32 W 26 33 W 23 33 SW 24 34 SW 21 29 W 18 26
300m SW 18 25 SW 20 30 W 18 32 SW 18 31 SW 14 25 W 12 23
Valley SW 11 24 W 13 26 W 14 31 SW 13 30 SW 10 24 W 8 20


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 °
300m 11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 11 °
Valley 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 12 ° 11 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 4 ° 5 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 °
300m 8 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 °
Valley 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 10 ° 10 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,800 m 1,700 m 1,700 m 1,800 m 1,800 m 1,900 m
Sunrise: 05:51
Sunset: 20:30
Moon phase: Waning crescent


A bright and breezy start to the day is expected, although scattered showers will soon spread east, perhaps heavy at times. The odd rumble of thunder is also possible. A more organised area of heavy, showery rain may reach the park later this afternoon or early evening, this clearing east by midnight.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 600m

90% during the morning, with cloud obscuring some hills above 800m during showers. Decreasing to 70% during the evening, with some ragged cloud descending to around 600m. This then gradually clearing later, with 90% chance of cloud free tops by midnight.


Good visibility at first, with distant hills visible, and only becoming hazy during showers. This reducing to moderate to poor, during the heavier showers with only nearby peaks visible. Some very poor visibility possible across highest summits.

Meteorologist's view

A very mixed day, with showers and rain interspersed with some drier, brighter intervals, leading to the potential for conditions to change rapidly. Winds likely 10-20mph stronger than indicated in the table above especially across exposed ridges and summits, so some care will be needed across any exposed sections at height.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Fri 18 Aug 2017
  • Last 24 hours: 9.8mm
  • Last 48 hours: 23.4mm
  • Last 72 hours: 23.4mm

Rainfall data provided by the Environment Agency. The Met Office is not responsible for content provided by third parties and may remove this data without warning.

Saturday 19 August 2017

Sunrise: 05:53
Sunset: 20:28
Moon phase: Waning crescent


The odd shower likely to blow in overnight on the still brisk wind. Sunny spells will develop through the morning along with some scattered showers. However the showers should be lighter than those of Friday and will tend to die away through the afternoon. The evening should be fine with some clear spells.


  • At 600m Plus 9 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 8 Celsius becoming Plus 18 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.


Good to very good during the morning, with distant hills visible. Some minimal reduction likely during showers, but very poor when in cloud.

Chance of cloud-free mountain/hill tops at 600m

90%, with some hills above 600m obscured. Increasing to 100% by midday.

Maximum wind speed expected

Westerly 25 to 30 mph.

Sunday 20 August 2017

Sunrise: 05:55
Sunset: 20:26
Moon phase: Waning crescent

A cloudy and humid start, with hills above 500m obscured, and outbreaks of drizzle likely. Winds strengthening ahead of a band of rain, turning heavy and persistent for a time later.

Monday 21 August 2017

Sunrise: 05:57
Sunset: 20:23
Moon phase: New

Monday is likely to be dry but warm and humid with low cloud likely to plague some south-west facing slopes especially. Rain may return from the north-west later.

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Sunrise: 05:58
Sunset: 20:21
Moon phase: New

Early cloud will break to sunny spells, and scattered showers. It is also likely to be feeling much fresher once again.

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The Peak District is home to a wide variety of magnificent hills, moors, outcrops and gritstone edges.

The National Park itself covers an area of 555 square miles with a high point on Kinder Scout of 636 metres. Despite its name, the landscape generally lacks sharp peaks, being characterised by rounded hills and gritstone escarpments.

Despite what its name may suggest, the Peak District is similar in geography to the more gentle Yorkshire Dales. Its highest point is Kinder Scout, although Bleaklow Head (610 metres) and Black Hill (582 metres) offer great alternatives while losing little in terms of total elevation. Black Hill is a point of interest with its covering of peat and lack of vegetation giving the peak its name. However, conservation work has since transformed the peak so that large areas of the bare peat are now covered with native shrubs.

While the Peak District may lack sharp elevations, the whole area covers huge upland stretches, meaning that much of the National Park is on land that's more than 300 metres above sea level.

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