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Peak District

Confidence

High for general trends. Medium in details from Monday.

  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Further outlook

Friday 19 January 2018

Weather hazards

Severe chill effect Medium likelihood Hide detail

Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect. Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature. This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow. Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia.

Poor visibility Medium 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.

Blizzards Low likelihood Show detail

Blizzards and whiteouts present challenging and serious conditions due to a combination of falling or blowing snow, strong winds and cold temperatures. They can be highly disorientating, often resulting in near-zero visibility with limited or no visual references and no distinction between ground and sky. Cliff edges and cornices may not be apparent, even close up. These conditions require very good navigational skills.

Heavy snow Low likelihood Show detail

Expect snow to rapidly accumulate with deep drifts also possible during windy conditions. Progress will be time consuming and physically strenuous, which will significantly affect the distance one is able to travel on foot. Paths will become hidden and difficult to follow, while very poor visibility during snowfall will make route-finding challenging. A heightened avalanche risk is likely and avalanche reports should be consulted where available.

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.

Headline

Snow showers.

Weather at 600m

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Heavy snow Heavy snow Heavy snow Heavy snow Heavy snow Heavy snow
30% 30% 50% 50% 50% 30%
Chance of precipitation
300 300 300 300 300 300
Freezing level (m)
The level above which snow is expected to settle or the ground is expected to be frozen

Wind speed and direction (mph) By altitude above mean sea level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m W 23 28 W 25 31 W 26 35 W 26 35 W 27 36 W 26 34
300m W 15 21 SW 16 24 W 16 27 W 17 31 SW 16 28 SW 17 29
Valley W 8 21 W 8 21 W 11 27 W 12 29 SW 10 27 SW 11 27

Temperature (°C) By altitude above mean sea level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2
300m 0 0 1 1 0 0
Valley 0 1 1 1 1 1

Feels like temperature (°C) By altitude above mean sea level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m -9 -10 -10 -10 -10 -10
300m -6 -6 -5 -5 -6 -6
Valley -4 -3 -4 -4 -4 -4
Sunrise: 08:12   Sunset: 16:25
Moon phase: New

Weather

Occasional bright or clear spells with snow showers are expected, with temporary near blizzard conditions at times over the highest tops. Rain or sleet at times is more likely below 200m.

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

50 to 80%, occasional or extensive cloud, bases 600m to 900m, lowering to 300m or less in snow showers

Visibility

Occasionally poor or very poor over the tops and in snow showers. Otherwise very good.

Meteorologist's view

Wind chill and temporary blizzard conditions at height.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Fri 19 Jan 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 3.2mm
  • Last 48 hours: 20.2mm
  • Last 72 hours: 20.2mm

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 20 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:11   Sunset: 16:27
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Mainly dry, bright and cold, although a few snow showers possible during the early hours.

Maximum wind speed expected

West or Northwest 10 to 20mph

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

60 to 90%, patchy or occasional cloud expected during daylight hours, bases 600 to 900m.

Temperature

  • At 600m Zero to Minus 2 Celsius
  • Valley Minus 4 rising to Plus 3 Celsius
  • Freezing level Rising to around 400m during daylight hours

Visibility

Mainly very good or excellent, but put poor in any early snow showers.

Sunday 21 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:09   Sunset: 16:29
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Outbreaks of rain, heavy at times with sleet or snow for a time, and hill fog. A thaw of lying snow is expected later with strong to gale force southwest winds developing.

Monday 22 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:08   Sunset: 16:31
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Mainly dry and rather cloudy with some bright spells possible. Light to moderate southwesterly winds, strengthening later with the freezing level above the summits.

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:07   Sunset: 16:33
Moon phase: First quarter

Occasional rain or showers is likely with fresh to strong southwest winds. The freezing level will be above the summits.

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