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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales 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 in the day. Confidence then remains very low with the details and timings thereafter.

  • This evening
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Further outlook

Thursday 17 August 2017

Sunset: 20:36
Moon phase: Third quarter

Some brighter spells, however scattered showers will remain possible during the evening, especially after dark, along with some blustery winds..

Friday 18 August 2017

Weather hazards

Gales Medium likelihood Hide detail

Progress will be impeded by very strong winds. Walking will be difficult and strenuous at times with a potential for one to be blown over in gusts. There can be a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances often take longer to cover with compass bearings becoming more difficult to follow accurately.

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Thunderstorms Medium 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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Poor visibility Low likelihood Show 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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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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Overnight blustery showers clearing. Breezy, with sunny spells and showers, before heavy rain arrives later in the afternoon.


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Weather at 600m Light rain Heavy rain Thunder shower day Heavy shower day Thunder shower day Heavy shower day Cloudy Light rain
Chance of precipitation at 600m 30% 60% 70% 60% 40% 40% 30% 30%

Wind speed and direction

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Altitude above mean sea level
600m S 18 24 SW 23 31 W 23 32 W 23 31 SW 24 33 SW 24 33 SW 19 27 W 17 23
300m S 9 21 SW 14 29 W 15 31 W 15 31 SW 16 33 SW 14 30 SW 12 25 W 9 22
Valley S 10 23 SW 13 30 W 10 25 SW 12 27 SW 15 32 SW 16 34 SW 10 23 W 6 17


00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 °
300m 13 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 10 °
Valley 14 ° 13 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 11 °

Feels like temperature

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Altitude above mean sea level
600m 7 ° 6 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 °
300m 11 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 °
Valley 13 ° 11 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,200 m 2,100 m 1,800 m 1,600 m 1,600 m 1,700 m 1,800 m 1,800 m
Sunrise: 05:51
Sunset: 20:34
Moon phase: Waning crescent


Strong winds, and heavy thundery showers during the early hours of Friday will soon clear east, but staying rather breezy. A bright start to the day is then expected, although scattered showers and sunny spells will soon spread east, perhaps heavy at times, with further thundery bursts possible. Showers then gradually easing during the evening.

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

80% with cloud obscuring some hills above 600m during showers.


Often good visibility, with distant hills visible. However this reducing to moderate to poor, during showers with only nearby hills visible.

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 10-15mph stronger than indicated in the table above during heavy rain, especially across exposed summits.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Thu 17 Aug 2017
  • Last 24 hours: 13.8mm
  • Last 48 hours: 13.8mm
  • Last 72 hours: 30.2mm

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: 20:31
Moon phase: Waning crescent


Dry overnight and breezy. Sunny spells will develop through the morning but also occasional showers. These could be heavy at times. Turning cloudier during the evening, but likely staying dry.


  • At 600m Plus 7 Celsius becoming Plus 10 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 7 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 amongst the cloud.

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

80%, with some hills above 800m obscured. Increasing to 100% by midday. However cloud returning and descending on slopes during the afternoon, and falling to 80% by dusk.

Maximum wind speed expected

Westerly 25mph gusts 35-45mph.

Sunday 20 August 2017

Sunrise: 05:55
Sunset: 20:29
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 later in the day.

Monday 21 August 2017

Sunrise: 05:56
Sunset: 20:27
Moon phase: New

Further rain and strong winds likely during the morning, and only clearing to showers later in the afternoon. However many hills likely remaining shrouded in cloud.

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Sunrise: 05:58
Sunset: 20:25
Moon phase: New

Early cloud will break to sunny spells, and scattered showers. It is also likely to be feeling rather cool, with a risk of strong northerly winds developing.

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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.

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