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Peak District


High confidence for overall weather story but medium confidence for cloud amounts on Saturday.

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Saturday 20 October 2018

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.


Dry, with early cloud, mist and fog lifting to sunny spells.

Weather at 600m

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20%
Chance of precipitation
2,300 3,100 3,200 3,400 3,300 3,200
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 SW 11 14 SW 14 18 SW 16 21 SW 16 21 SW 18 24 SW 16 22
300m SE 5 7 SW 6 9 SW 8 12 SW 9 14 SW 9 15 SW 8 13
Valley SE 2 8 S 4 10 SW 4 10 SW 6 13 SW 6 14 SW 4 11

Temperature (°C) By altitude above mean sea level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m 8 8 9 10 10 9
300m 8 9 11 12 12 10
Valley 7 10 12 13 12 11

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

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m 5 4 6 7 6 5
300m 7 8 9 11 10 9
Valley 7 9 11 12 11 10
Sunrise: 07:43   Sunset: 18:01
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous


There will be some early valley mist and fog, with patchy cloud also obscuring some hills during the morning. This is likely to clear by midday, with sunny spells developing across the Peak District. Into the evening cloud is likely to spread in from the northwest.

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

40% during the morning, with occasional cloud at 500m, and some patchy mist or fog within the valleys. This soon lifting, with 90% chance of cloud free tops. However this falling to 70% in after dark, as cloud returns around 500m.


Visibility will be good during the day with views over 10km, however it may be around 2-5km first thing in the morning, and notably less in early mist and fog patches.

Meteorologist's view

A largely fine day on the hills, with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine, once any early poor conditions lift. However some cloud could spread south after dusk, with poorer conditions returning.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Fri 19 Oct 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 0mm
  • Last 48 hours: 0.2mm
  • Last 72 hours: 1.8mm

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.

Sunday 21 October 2018

Sunrise: 07:45   Sunset: 17:59
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous


A dull start with quite a lot of low cloud and mist around, although it will be dry during the morning with the odd brighter interval perhaps developing in the east. Some light rain and drizzle will then spread southeast during the afternoon, with cloud descending onto the summits. Cloud will begin to thin and clear by the evening, with clear skies developing.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwesterly 20mph veering Northwesterly in the evening.

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

20% in the morning, with widespread cloud at 500m, improving by midday to 60%. Likely falling again to 30% with rain band as cloud thickens at 5600m again. However this clearing after dark to 90% by midnight as rain band clears south.


  • At 600m Plus 11 Celsius falling to 5 Celsius overnight.
  • Valley Plus 14 Celsius falling to 8 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Well above summits.


Visibility will be moderate or poor in the morning, perhaps briefly lifting to good around midday, but soon falling to again as rain spreads south. Visibility then becoming very good later in the evening.

Monday 22 October 2018

Sunrise: 07:47   Sunset: 17:56
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

A fine dry day with good sunny periods over the Peak District. However it will be feeling colder than recent days, especially at first. Turning milder with cloud increasing during the evening.

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Sunrise: 07:49   Sunset: 17:54
Moon phase: Full

A cloudy day with summits obscured, however it should remain largely dry. However strong winds are likely, with gales across the summits.

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Sunrise: 07:50   Sunset: 17:52
Moon phase: Full

Winds will ease overnight, becoming moderate northeasterlies, and it will be cloudy for much of the day. However some clearer spells are likely in the south and east

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