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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High confidence for mostly dry weather through the next few days but lower confidence for cloud amounts and height of the cloud base.

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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Sunset: 16:13
Moon phase: First quarter

A windy evening on the tops with strong southerly winds but mainly dry with clear spells.

Thursday 15 November 2018

Weather hazards

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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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Headline

Dry with bright spells and patchy low cloud. Breezy on the tops and high moors.

Weather

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Fog Fog
Chance of precipitation at 600m <05% <05% <05% <05% <05% <05% 30% 40%

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 S 19 29 S 15 23 S 18 27 S 18 26 S 18 26 S 19 25 S 18 24 S 18 24
300m S 12 22 S 12 20 S 13 21 SE 13 23 S 13 20 S 11 18 S 10 17 S 8 16
Valley SE 6 15 SE 5 15 SE 6 16 SE 6 16 S 7 16 S 8 17 SE 7 18 S 6 16

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 °
300m 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 11 °
Valley 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 °

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 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 4 ° 5 °
300m 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 °
Valley 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,700 m 1,700 m 1,500 m 2,300 m 2,300 m 2,200 m 2,200 m 2,200 m
Sunrise: 07:32
Sunset: 16:11
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

A dry day with sunny spells, the best of these across the north of the Peak District. Patchy low cloud is likely, mainly across the south and this low cloud will become extensive soon after dark with patchy rain and drizzle spreading eastwards by midnight.

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

70% in north, 30% in south with patchy cloud above about 400m. Becoming 10% in the evening with extensive cloud developing above 400m.

Visibility

Away from any low cloud, the clarity of the air will be good from the tops but slightly hazy at low levels.

Meteorologist's view

Occasional gusts of 30-40mph are possible above 500m. Low cloud will becoming more extensive quite quickly through the evening.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Wed 14 Nov 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 2mm
  • Last 48 hours: 3.4mm
  • Last 72 hours: 5.8mm

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.

Friday 16 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:34
Sunset: 16:10
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

A misty start with patchy light rain or drizzle but this will clear in the morning then a mainly dry but cloudy afternoon. A chance of a few limited bright spells across the west of the Peak District.

Maximum wind speed expected

South or southeast 10-15mph.

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

20% in the morning with extensive cloud, bases 200-400m, but becoming 60% early afternoon as cloud lifts on to the summits for a while. 20% in evening with cloud becoming extensive again above 400m.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 8 or 9 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 9 rising to 12 or 13 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Well above summits.

Visibility

Below the cloud base, the clarity of the air will be poor at first with extensive mist. Improving slowly through the morning but remaining hazy with distant hills obscured from view.

Saturday 17 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:36
Sunset: 16:08
Moon phase: First quarter

A dry day with low cloud in the morning lifting to give sunny spells. Fresh east or southeasterly winds on the tops.

Sunday 18 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:38
Sunset: 16:07
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Dry with sunny or clear spells but turning colder. Strong east or southeasterly winds.

Monday 19 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:40
Sunset: 16:05
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Cloudier than the weekend with scattered showers, these wintry on the summits. Cold and windy with strong or gale force easterly 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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