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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days

Confidence

Generally high for mostly settled conditions, but lower confidence for amounts of cloud.

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Further outlook

Sunday 24 March 2019

Weather hazards

Gales Medium 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.

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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.

Learn more about severe chill effect

Headline

A chilly but dry and sunny start, but scattered cloud developing in the morning. A rather cloudy and increasingly windy afternoon, with rain later.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Sunny day Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Heavy rain Light rain
Chance of precipitation at 600m 00% 00% 10% 20% 60% 40%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m SW 14 18 W 21 25 W 24 31 W 25 33 W 28 36 W 28 37
300m SW 9 11 W 15 20 W 17 27 W 19 29 W 19 30 NW 18 28
Valley W 3 10 W 9 18 W 13 27 W 14 30 W 13 30 NW 12 28

Temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 1 ° 1 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 °
300m 3 ° 4 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 °
Valley 2 ° 5 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m -5 ° -5 ° -3 ° -3 ° -4 ° -4 °
300m -1 ° -1 ° 2 ° 2 ° 1 ° 1 °
Valley 0 ° 2 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 ° 2 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 500 m 700 m 700 m 900 m 1,000 m 900 m
Sunrise: 06:01
Sunset: 18:27
Moon phase: Waning gibbous

Weather

A chilly but dry and sunny start to the day. Patchy cloud will develop through the morning then a rather cloudy and increasingly windy afternoon, culminating in a spell of rain punctuated by showers to end the day. Becoming clearer and colder later in the evening.

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

90% or better, with cloud well above the summits. Decreasing to around 60% through the morning then 40% in the afternoon, with increasing amounts of cloud down to 600m.

Visibility

Mostly good or very good, though perhaps a little haziness on lower slopes early in the day. Falling moderate at times in rain later.

Meteorologist's view

Gales are possible on exposed ground later in the afternoon.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Sun 24 Mar 2019
  • Last 24 hours: 0mm
  • Last 48 hours: 2mm
  • Last 72 hours: 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 25 March 2019

Sunrise: 05:59
Sunset: 18:29
Moon phase: Waning gibbous

Weather

A little rain overnight and at first Monday but soon clearing away, leaving a dry, bright day with some good spells of sunshine. Cloudier in the evening but mostly high cloud.

Maximum wind speed expected

Northwesterly 10 or 15 mph, but 25 to 30mph gust 40mph early in the day over higher peaks.

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

30 or 40% overnight and at first Monday with broken perhaps overcast cloud down to 500m, but 90% by mid-morning with little, if any cloud below the summits.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 2 or 3 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 4 rising to plus 11 Celsius
  • Freezing level Above the tops

Visibility

Perhaps moderate at times early in the day then mostly good or very good, though distant hills will be rather hazy.

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Sunrise: 05:56
Sunset: 18:31
Moon phase: Third quarter

Dry and bright with some sunny spells in the morning, but cloud building through the day with perhaps a little rain in the evening. Light or moderate northwesterly winds. Freezing level above the tops.

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Sunrise: 05:54
Sunset: 18:33
Moon phase: Third quarter

Mostly dry and bright with sunny spells, but possibly the odd light shower. Feeling warm with light, mainly northwesterly winds. Freezing level well above the tops.

Thursday 28 March 2019

Sunrise: 05:52
Sunset: 18:35
Moon phase: Third quarter

Generally dry and bright but mostly cloudy, though feeling warm where sun does break though. Light winds and freezing level well above the tops.

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The Peak District is home to a wide variety of magnificent hills, moors, outcrops and gritstone edges.

The National Park itself covers an area of 555 square miles with a high point on Kinder Scout of 636 metres. Despite its name, the landscape generally lacks sharp peaks, being characterised by rounded hills and gritstone escarpments.

Despite what its name may suggest, the Peak District is similar in geography to the more gentle Yorkshire Dales. Its highest point is Kinder Scout, although Bleaklow Head (610 metres) and Black Hill (582 metres) offer great alternatives while losing little in terms of total elevation. Black Hill is a point of interest with its covering of peat and lack of vegetation giving the peak its name. However, conservation work has since transformed the peak so that large areas of the bare peat are now covered with native shrubs.

While the Peak District may lack sharp elevations, the whole area covers huge upland stretches, meaning that much of the National Park is on land that's more than 300 metres above sea level.

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