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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days


High for a dull day Friday, with rain later. Also for this clearing Saturday, before a period of wet weather early Sunday. However only moderate on details including timing. Moderate for cloudy and humid conditions thereafter.

  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Further outlook

Friday 17 August 2018

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.

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Strong sunlight Medium likelihood Show detail

Harmful UV levels from sunlight increase with altitude giving a greater risk of sunburn and eye damage, even on some overcast days. On breezy days, the cooling effect of wind on exposed skin may disguise any feeling of sunburn until it is too late. If there is snow cover, glare increases the effect of UV rays especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block, protective clothing such as a long-sleeved top and hat and have good quality eye protection.

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Dry, bright morning. Becoming cloudy in afternoon with rain later. Strengthening southwesterly winds.


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Overcast Drizzle Drizzle
Chance of precipitation at 600m 10% 10% 20% 30% 40% 40%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m SW 17 20 SW 21 26 SW 21 28 SW 24 32 SW 24 32 SW 26 34
300m SW 12 16 SW 15 20 SW 15 23 SW 17 26 SW 17 26 SW 16 24
Valley SW 7 14 SW 10 20 SW 11 22 SW 11 25 SW 10 24 SW 8 21


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 9 ° 9 ° 11 ° 12 ° 11 ° 12 °
300m 11 ° 12 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 °
Valley 12 ° 13 ° 15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 14 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 6 ° 6 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 8 °
300m 8 ° 10 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 °
Valley 10 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,000 m 2,000 m 2,900 m 3,200 m 3,500 m 3,600 m
Sunrise: 05:50
Sunset: 20:32
Moon phase: Waxing crescent


A bright or sunny start, although cloud will increase through the day. Most places remaining dry throughout, however some outbreaks of light rain or drizzle are likely to spread onto western hills during the late afternoon and evening.

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

Greater than 90% at first, with sunny spells likely, and only patchy cloud around 600m. However this will thicken and descend during the afternoon, especially across western hills. Falling to 20% in the west by dusk, with broken cloud at 500m with patches down to 400m during rain, and 70% in the east.


Very good at first, but reducing to just middle distance hills being visible during the afternoon, and falling to just a few kilometres in any rain later.

Meteorologist's view

Gusts around 40mph likely over summits from late afternoon. Temperatures reaching 20 Celsius in eastern valleys.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Fri 17 Aug 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 2.6mm
  • Last 48 hours: 3.2mm
  • Last 72 hours: 3.8mm

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.

Saturday 18 August 2018

Sunrise: 05:51
Sunset: 20:30
Moon phase: First quarter


Rather cloudy overnight with further outbreaks of rain or drizzle, especially across northern parts of the Peak District. This easing during the morning, with a mainly bright day following. Some afternoon sunny spells likely, however cloud will increase again later in the day.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwesterly 25mph, with gusts around 40mph over summits, gradually decreasing to 10-15mph from early afternoon.

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

Around 30% at dawn with broken cloud around 500m and patches around 400m in the north and west. Chances improve to 90% or more by mid-morning with little cloud expected below summit level. However these fall again to 70% towards midnight as cloud increases and lowers to around 600m.


  • At 600m Plus 15 Celsius
  • Valley Around plus 13 Celsius at dawn rising to 23 Celsius
  • Freezing level Above the summits.


Some good views of distant hills possible from lower levels, but visibility of just a few kilometres in overnight rain and drizzle.

Sunday 19 August 2018

Sunrise: 05:53
Sunset: 20:28
Moon phase: First quarter

Heavy rain overnight. This clearing east through the morning, with a few sunny spells possible during the afternoon, but staying rather cloudy. Feeling warm. Winds also becoming light.

Monday 20 August 2018

Sunrise: 05:55
Sunset: 20:26
Moon phase: First quarter

A cloudy day, with summits often shrouded and also occasional outbreaks of drizzle. Feeling warm and humid despite the dull conditions and a slight breeze. The best of any brighter spells in the east.

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Sunrise: 05:57
Sunset: 20:23
Moon phase: First quarter

Variable cloud and some sunny spells. Mostly dry, although a few showers and a risk of more persistent rain later. Cloud perhaps obscuring highest summits during any showers or rain. Light 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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