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Peak District


High confidence for a southwesterly airflow for several days, but medium confidence for timings and amounts of rain.

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Further outlook

Sunday 17 February 2019

Weather hazards

Gales Low likelihood Hide detail

Gale force winds (gusts over 50mph) make walking difficult and strenuous with a potential to be blown over by gusts. There is often a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances can take longer to cover and compass bearings become harder to follow accurately.

Severe chill effect Low likelihood Show 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 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.

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.


Dry, bright start, but cloudier by the afternoon with a spell of drizzly rain, but clearing later with clear spells.

Weather at 600m

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Drizzle Sunny intervals Clear night Partly cloudy night
10% <05% 30% 20% 10% <05%
Chance of precipitation
1,700 1,700 1,900 1,400 1,100 1,100
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 S 30 40 S 30 43 S 32 40 SW 27 35 SW 26 35 SW 25 34
300m SE 25 36 S 25 35 S 20 28 SW 18 28 S 14 24 S 13 21
Valley SE 11 30 S 14 33 S 13 28 SW 12 27 S 9 25 S 7 22

Temperature (°C) By altitude above mean sea level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m 8 9 7 7 6 5
300m 7 8 9 10 8 7
Valley 7 8 10 11 8 7

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

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m 3 4 1 2 1 -1
300m 2 3 6 6 5 4
Valley 4 4 8 8 6 5
Sunrise: 07:23   Sunset: 17:21
Moon phase: Full


A dry and bright start with some sunshine, but cloud will build towards midday with a spell of drizzly rain around midday, then clearing before dusk.

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

Patchy cloud above the tops on Sunday morning, but chance reducing to 30% around midday with broken cloud around 500m, perhaps 400 m in drizzle.


Mainly good, but misty beneath cloud into the afternoon, and falling moderate or poor at times in rain.

Meteorologist's view

A windy morning with gales 35mph gusts 45 mph over higher slopes and exposed ridges and summits, easing slightly later.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Sun 17 Feb 2019
  • Last 24 hours: 0mm
  • Last 48 hours: 0mm
  • Last 72 hours: 0.2mm

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.

Monday 18 February 2019

Sunrise: 07:21   Sunset: 17:23
Moon phase: Full


Mainly dry with bright spells in the morning, but cloudier with showers by the afternoon, then mainly dry in the evening with long clear periods developing.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwesterly 30 gusts 45mph, but westerly 20 gusts 30mph later

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

60 or 70% at first and again later with well broken cloud just above 600 m, but 30% in the afternoon with cloud increasing down to 500m.


  • At 600m Plus 3 or 4 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 5 rising to plus 11 Celsius
  • Freezing level 900m


Good occasionally moderate in showers.

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Sunrise: 07:19   Sunset: 17:25
Moon phase: Full

Mainly dry with some sunshine in the morning, but cloudier in the afternoon and evening with perhaps a little rain at times. Fresh or strong winds over peaks at times with the freezing level above the tops.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Sunrise: 07:16   Sunset: 17:27
Moon phase: Full

Mainly dry but generally cloudy, with perhaps a little rain later in the day. Fresh or strong southwest winds. The freezing level will be above summits.

Thursday 21 February 2019

Sunrise: 07:14   Sunset: 17:29
Moon phase: Waning gibbous

Mostly cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle, perhaps locally bright in east. Moderate or fresh southwest winds with the freezing level above the peaks.

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