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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days

Confidence

High.

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Further outlook

Sunday 23 July 2017

Weather hazards

Strong sunlight High likelihood Show less detail

Strong sunlight has a heightened effect at altitude with a higher risk of sunburn and eye damage. High temperatures, especially when combined with high humidity, may lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Snow-covered terrain will increase the effect of harmful UV rays, especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block and good quality eye-protection even on overcast days.

Learn more about strong sunlight

Thunderstorms Low likelihood Show more details

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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Forecast

Sunshine and showers. More widespread rain later.

Weather

0600 0900 1200 1500 1800 2100
Weather at 600m Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Light rain Heavy rain Light rain
Chance of precipitation at 600m 20% 30% 40% 40% 60% 50%

Wind speed and direction

0600 0900 1200 1500 1800 2100
Altitude above mean sea level
600m NE 6 9 N 7 9 N 10 16 N 11 17 NW 14 20 N 17 23
300m N 3 8 N 5 10 N 6 14 N 9 17 NW 9 19 N 10 21
Valley W 1 3 N 3 8 NW 4 13 NW 7 17 NW 7 18 N 9 23

Temperature

0600 0900 1200 1500 1800 2100
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 9 ° 11 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 °
300m 11 ° 15 ° 16 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 °
Valley 12 ° 16 ° 17 ° 16 ° 15 ° 15 °

Feels like temperature

0600 0900 1200 1500 1800 2100
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 8 ° 10 ° 11 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 °
300m 11 ° 14 ° 16 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 °
Valley 13 ° 16 ° 17 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 °

Freezing level

0600 0900 1200 1500 1800 2100
Freezing level i 2,100 m 2,100 m 2,300 m 2,500 m 2,700 m 2,900 m
Sunrise: 05:06
Sunset: 21:24
Moon phase: New

Weather

The odd shower may continue into the early hours though much of the park will be dry. A dry and bright start with some warm sunshine. Further showers are likely to break out through the late morning with the odd heavier one possible. Showers are likely to merge into a more widespread spell of rain, especially across the north-east of the park during the afternoon, then spreading southwards to all parts by the evening. Some of this rain could be heavy, particularly over north east facing slopes.

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

70 to 90% through the day with bases above the peaks even in showers. 10% through the evening with north-east facing slopes likely to pick up some low cloud.

Visibility

Outside showers generally very good with distant hills visible. Showers will reduce visibility to a few kilometres as will the heavier rain late in the day. Perhaps some poor visibility in the north-east towards midnight.

Meteorologist's view

Afternoon temperatures in valleys likely to be a couple of degrees warmer than indicated.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Sun 23 Jul 2017
  • Last 24 hours: 12.8mm
  • Last 48 hours: 17.8mm
  • Last 72 hours: 18mm

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.

Monday 24 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:08
Sunset: 21:22
Moon phase: New

Weather

A rather grey start with extensive low cloud covering hills and some outbreaks of mostly light rain. Becoming slowly brighter through the morning with a dry afternoon and evening to follow, perhaps with some late sunshine.

Temperature

  • At 600m 11 C.
  • Valley Plus 10 rising to 19 C.
  • Freezing level Well above the summits.

Visibility

Becoming very good once low cloud lifts and breaks.

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

10% at first. 90% by midday.

Maximum wind speed expected

Northerly or north-easterly 20 to 25 gust 35 at first.

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:09
Sunset: 21:21
Moon phase: New

A fine start with some sunshine. Risk of the odd shower developing through the day. Light winds.

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:11
Sunset: 21:19
Moon phase: New

A band of rain, some heavy, is likely to cross the park through the course of Wednesday. This may linger through the evening.

Thursday 27 July 2017

Sunrise: 05:13
Sunset: 21:17
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Overnight rain clearing to leave a dry day with sunny periods developing. A gentle westerly wind may bring some low cloud onto western slopes at times.

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The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers an area of 683 square miles and is a collection of rivers, valleys and hills.

The National Park lies within the county boundaries of historic Yorkshire with much of the landscape consisting of limestone country; lush green valleys known locally as 'dales' crested with white limestone cliffs known as 'scars'. Hidden beneath these hills and peaks is an underground world of caves and potholes with stalactites and stalagmites, cathedral sized chambers, underground rivers and waterfalls.

A gentler outlook awaits visitors in the Yorkshire Dales, compared to the much more imposing ranges of the Lake District. The tallest of the gentle rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales is Whernside, which reaches 736 metres. Known as the 'King of the Dales', Whernside may not be the tallest of mountains on offer in the UK, but still rewards those who make the journey with views that stretch for miles.

Walkers shouldn't be under the illusion that the Yorkshire Dales doesn't offer challenges for ardent mountain walkers. Instead, a 'Three Peaks Challenge', which takes in Whernside, Ingelborough and Pen-y-Ghent, sees walkers cover over 23 miles and almost 1,600 metres of ascent. The record for completing all three currently stands at around two and a half hours.