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Yorkshire Dales


High confidence for the general weather until Wednesday. Low confidence from Wednesday onwards for position of rain band over the UK.

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Saturday 16 December 2017

Sunrise: 08:23   Sunset: 15:46
Moon phase: Waning crescent

A dry evening with clear spells and light winds. Patchy fog will develop in the valleys, mainly western side of the Yorkshire Dales.

Sunday 17 December 2017

Weather hazards

Poor visibility High 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.

Heavy persistent rain Medium 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.

Gales Low likelihood Show 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.

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.


Winds strengthening with low cloud and rain.

Weather at 600m

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Partly cloudy night Cloudy Overcast Light rain Heavy rain Drizzle Cloudy Cloudy
<05% <05% 30% 60% 90% 90% 30% 20%
Chance of precipitation
100 300 700 1,600 1,900 1,500 800 800
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

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m SW 9 12 SW 12 18 SW 18 24 SW 22 31 SW 24 35 W 24 32 NW 22 30 W 15 22
300m SW 3 7 SW 4 11 S 4 11 SW 9 21 SW 12 30 W 13 29 NW 12 28 NW 6 16
Valley E 1 4 E 2 6 SW 3 11 SW 6 20 SW 8 25 W 7 17 NW 6 18 NW 3 9

Temperature (°C) By altitude above mean sea level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m -1 0 1 2 4 5 3 2
300m -3 -1 1 3 5 6 4 2
Valley -2 0 2 4 6 7 5 2

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

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m -6 -6 -5 -4 -3 0 -3 -4
300m -5 -4 -2 -1 1 3 0 -1
Valley -4 -2 0 2 3 5 3 0
Sunrise: 08:24   Sunset: 15:46
Moon phase: New


Dry overnight with some fog in the valleys. Outbreaks of rain will arrive during the morning and will become heavy for a time. Rain turning drizzly in the afternoon then clearing soon after dark with clear spells and patchy valley fog developing.

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

40% overnight but becoming almost nil during the morning with cloud bases descending to around 300 or 400m. Becoming 70% in the evening with cloud turning patchy and clearing most summits.


Patchy fog in the valleys and on some developing on higher slopes overnight. Turning poor during the morning with low cloud and rain or drizzle. Improving through the evening once rain clears.

Meteorologist's view

Winds across some of the highest summits will gust 45mph at times during the day.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Sat 16 Dec 2017
  • Last 24 hours: 0mm
  • Last 48 hours: 7.2mm
  • Last 72 hours: 12.6mm

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 December 2017

Sunrise: 08:25   Sunset: 15:46
Moon phase: New


Staying dry with bright or sunny spells during the day, thick cirrus cloud will invade from the west at times. Patchy fog in the valleys and on low slopes will be slow to clear in places and will develop again in the evening.

Maximum wind speed expected

West 15mph in early hours but mainly South or SW 5-10mph.

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

Good chance of clear summits for much the day but with some patches of cloud on low slopes and in the valleys.


  • At 600m Plus 2 rising to 5 Celsius.
  • Valley Minus 1 rising to 7 Celsius, remaining lower where any fog lingers.
  • Freezing level 1000-1200m.


Very poor in some of the glens where fog lingers, otherwise good.

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Sunrise: 08:26   Sunset: 15:46
Moon phase: New

Dry start with some brightness, fog in some valleys. Patchy low cloud becoming more extensive in the afternoon bringing the odd spot of rain. Light southwesterly winds becoming strong later. Very mild with freezing levels well above the summits.

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Sunrise: 08:26   Sunset: 15:47
Moon phase: New

A lot of uncertainty. Mild conditions are expected at first with low cloud and occasional rain or drizzle, Turning dry and a little colder by the end of the day. Strong southwest winds easing.

Thursday 21 December 2017

Sunrise: 08:27   Sunset: 15:47
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Dry conditions likely with bright spells but some fog possible in the valleys. Light winds. Freezing level just above summits.

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