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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for Wednesday then Medium for details on Thursday and Friday but High for cold conditions to become established.

  • This evening
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Further outlook

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sunset: 16:03
Moon phase: New

Heavy rain at first becoming light and patchy through the evening but low cloud will shroud most summits. Strong southwesterly winds.

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Weather hazards

Gales High likelihood Hide 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.

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Poor visibility High likelihood Show 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.

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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.

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Storm force winds Low likelihood Show detail

Walking will be very strenuous with any mobility virtually impossible over exposed ground. There is a high likelihood of being blown over or taken off one’s feet, while even standing up may be impossible at times. Basic tasks such as using a map, eating, putting on extra clothing or communication become extremely difficult away from any shelter.

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Headline

Cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain.

Weather

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Weather at 600m Drizzle Heavy rain Heavy rain Drizzle Light rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain
Chance of precipitation at 600m 80% 80% 80% 80% 80% 80% 80% 80%

Wind speed and direction

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m SW 32 41 SW 31 40 SW 35 45 SW 36 48 SW 39 51 SW 43 56 SW 41 54 S 38 51
300m SW 23 32 SW 20 32 SW 25 38 S 25 39 S 27 41 S 31 47 S 29 46 S 28 44
Valley SW 14 30 SW 13 29 SW 15 35 S 16 37 S 17 38 S 19 45 S 19 44 S 18 42

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 °
300m 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 °
Valley 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 °

Feels like temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 4 ° 4 °
300m 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 °
Valley 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,200 m 2,300 m 2,200 m 2,500 m 2,300 m 2,400 m 2,300 m 2,200 m
Sunrise: 07:45
Sunset: 16:01
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Rain will be heaviest and most persistent across the north Peak District with patchy rain in the south and east of the National Park.

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

Almost nil. Cloud will be persistent and extensive above 600m, occasionally lowering to 400m in the north but sometimes clearing from summits in the south.

Visibility

Below the cloud, hazy and occasionally poor in rain or drizzle, mainly across the north.

Meteorologist's view

Winds will gust 70mph at times in the afternoon across the high summits and ridges.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Tue 21 Nov 2017
  • Last 24 hours: 3.6mm
  • Last 48 hours: 8.6mm
  • Last 72 hours: 8.8mm

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.

Thursday 23 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:47
Sunset: 16:00
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Rain clears overnight then a bright day with sunny spells and just isolated wintry showers. Turning colder with a significant wind-chill on the summits.

Maximum wind speed expected

West or Southwesterly 30-40mph with gusts 60mph, easing to 15-20mph later.

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

Almost nil overnight with cloud down to 300 or 400m. Becoming 80% by dawn as cloud lifts and breaks up off the summits.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 9 falling to Plus 2 around dawn.
  • Valley Plus 12 overnight, falling Plus 8 in the morning.
  • Freezing level Above summits overnight falling to 800m around dawn.

Visibility

Generally good with clear views during the day.

Friday 24 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:48
Sunset: 15:59
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Mainly dry, cloudy and cold with light winds. A few wintry showers are possible, mainly afternoon. Freezing level 500 or 600m.

Saturday 25 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:50
Sunset: 15:58
Moon phase: First quarter

Sunny intervals and scattered sleet or snow showers, falling as rain at low levels. Strong west or northwesterly winds and a severe wind chill. Freezing level 500 or 600m.

Sunday 26 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:52
Sunset: 15:57
Moon phase: First quarter

Remaining cold with bright spells and scattered wintry showers. Fresh westerly winds.

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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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