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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for general trend. Low for detail of low cloud and poor visibility from Tuesday to Friday.

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Further outlook

Monday 25 September 2017

Weather hazards

Poor visibility Medium 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.

Learn more about poor visibility

Forecast

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain and widespread mist and fog.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Heavy rain Light rain Light rain Light rain Cloudy Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 600m 90% 80% 80% 60% 30% 10%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m SE 12 18 SE 15 22 SE 10 13 E 10 13 E 9 13 E 9 12
300m NE 5 8 E 8 15 SE 5 9 SE 5 10 E 4 9 E 5 9
Valley E 6 10 E 5 10 SE 4 8 E 4 8 E 4 7 E 4 9

Temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 °
300m 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 °
Valley 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 15 ° 14 ° 14 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 °
300m 13 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 °
Valley 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,600 m 2,700 m 2,800 m 2,800 m 2,700 m 2,700 m
Sunrise: 06:58
Sunset: 19:00
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Cloudy with extensive mist and fog and outbreaks of locally heavy rain to start the day. During the morning the cloud base will lift as the rain becomes lighter and intermittent improving conditions at lower levels but higher peaks are expected to remain shrouded in cloud all day. While some dry spells are likely during the afternoon, further light rain or drizzle is expected for a time.

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

10% becoming 40%.

Visibility

Generally poor but improving to moderate at times during the morning at lower elevations.

Meteorologist's view

Nothing to add.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Mon 25 Sep 2017
  • Last 24 hours: 1mm
  • Last 48 hours: 1mm
  • Last 72 hours: 2.6mm

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.

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Sunrise: 06:59
Sunset: 18:57
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

A dry start, but with extensive low cloud, mist, and fog. Cloud should slowly lift and break from mid-morning with some spells of sunshine developing, but with the risk of the odd light shower in the afternoon.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 8 becoming Plus 11 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 5 becoming Plus 15 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above summits.

Visibility

Poor during the morning improving to good by the afternoon.

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

20% becoming 80% during the afternoon.

Maximum wind speed expected

South-easterly 15 mph

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:01
Sunset: 18:55
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Starting dry and largely fine on Wednesday with a moderate south easterly breeze. Winds will slowly increase through the day as a band of rain and associated hill fog moves in from the west during the late afternoon. The rain may turn heavy and persistent towards midnight with strong winds developing.

Thursday 28 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:03
Sunset: 18:52
Moon phase: First quarter

A cloudy start with rain and drizzle but becoming drier and brighter from the west during the morning with winds also easing.

Friday 29 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:05
Sunset: 18:50
Moon phase: First quarter

Cloudy with heavy rain and strong winds during the morning. However, during the afternoon the rain will clear eastwards and cloud will break allowing some drier brighter spells to develop. Further showers are also possible.

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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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