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Peak District


High confidence in Fridays forecast but a lot of uncertainty surrounding the detail and timings of snow and wind speeds on Saturday and Sunday.

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Friday 14 December 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.

Gales Low likelihood Show 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.


A dry bright day with long sunny intervals but strong winds on the hills.

Weather at 600m

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Clear night Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Fog
00% 00% 10% 10% 10% 20%
Chance of precipitation
0 100 300 300 200 200
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 SE 11 20 SE 22 33 SE 13 17 SE 14 18 SE 18 27 SE 22 30
300m E 8 12 SE 7 15 SE 10 14 SE 9 15 SE 12 22 SE 14 24
Valley E 5 13 SE 1 9 SE 6 13 SE 6 14 SE 7 18 SE 7 19

Temperature (°C) By altitude above mean sea level

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

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

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m -7 -8 -8 -8 -9 -10
300m -3 -3 -3 -3 -5 -6
Valley -3 -2 -1 -1 -3 -4
Sunrise: 08:16   Sunset: 15:48
Moon phase: First quarter


After an overnight frost and some isolated pockets of hill fog, a fine day is expected with good sunny intervals. There will be some patchy cloud around making the sunshine hazy at times.

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

90%, there may be some hill fog over the highest peaks first thing but otherwise hilltops will be cloud free.


Visibility will be poor in any hill fog but very good throughout the day otherwise, with good views across the Peak District.

Meteorologist's view

Note the feels like temperatures with a significant wind chill expected.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Fri 14 Dec 2018
  • 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.

Saturday 15 December 2018

Sunrise: 08:17   Sunset: 15:48
Moon phase: First quarter


A cloudy start to the day with cloud thickening and lowering as a band of rain, freezing rain and snow moving in from the west during the afternoon. Freezing rain may fall at all levels for short time before precipitation turns to snow above 200m. It will continue snowing for most of the evening becoming heavy at times with some accumulations expected combined with the severe gales it will be blizzard and whiteout conditions on the hills. Severe chill effect expected.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southeasterly mean winds 30-35mph gusts 45-50 mph, isolated gusts around 60mph.

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

60 % in the morning becoming 10% or less in the afternoon as cloud base falls below the summits. In heavy snowfall cloud base may fall to around 200m.


  • At 600m Minus 4 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 1 Celsius
  • Freezing level 100m


Visibility will be good in the morning falling moderate at lunchtime as initial precipitation moves in. Visibility will become very poor in the afternoon, during blizzards visibility may fall below 200m at times.

Sunday 16 December 2018

Sunrise: 08:18   Sunset: 15:48
Moon phase: First quarter

Rain, sleet and snow will clear by mid morning, allowing a few sunny spells but also one or two showers to develop. Freezing level rising to 700m.

Monday 17 December 2018

Sunrise: 08:18   Sunset: 15:48
Moon phase: First quarter

A cloudy day with moderate southerly winds, low cloud may be a hazard on the hills. Freezing level rising above the summits.

Tuesday 18 December 2018

Sunrise: 08:19   Sunset: 15:49
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

A wet and windy day expected with gales and outbreaks of heavy rain.

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