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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days


High for a cool showery day again on Thursday but lower from Friday due to uncertainties regarding track of lows across the southern UK, especially on Friday and Sunday.

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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Sunset: 20:26
Moon phase: First quarter

Late sunny or clear spells and showers dying out. Strong westerly winds.

Thursday 26 April 2018

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 Medium 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.

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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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Poor visibility Low 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 Low likelihood Show detail

Heavy and persistent rain can lead to drenched clothing and footwear with waterproofs often becoming soaked through, especially if accompanied by strong winds. This can lead to significant loss of body heat and an increased likelihood of hypothermia. Terrain may turn increasingly boggy underfoot while streams can flood and 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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Sunny spells and showers. Strong westerly winds easing later


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Weather at 600m Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Light shower day Heavy shower day Light shower day Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
Chance of precipitation at 600m 10% 10% 10% 30% 60% 40% 20% 10%

Wind speed and direction

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Altitude above mean sea level
600m W 24 33 W 25 35 W 23 32 W 26 37 W 28 41 W 26 38 W 20 29 SW 14 21
300m W 17 27 W 18 28 W 16 26 W 19 32 W 21 35 W 20 33 W 14 24 SW 9 16
Valley W 12 27 W 14 28 W 13 27 W 15 33 W 18 37 W 16 34 W 12 27 SW 7 16


00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 5 ° 3 °
300m 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 6 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 6 °
Valley 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 7 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 6 °

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 ° -5 ° -3 ° -2 ° -1 ° 0 ° -2 °
300m 0 ° 0 ° 0 ° 1 ° 3 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 °
Valley 2 ° 1 ° 1 ° 3 ° 5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 4 °

Freezing level

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Freezing level i 1,000 m 900 m 800 m 900 m 900 m 900 m 1,000 m 1,000 m
Sunrise: 05:44
Sunset: 20:28
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous


Mainly dry overnight with some long clear spells. Then a bright day with sunny spells and showers, the showers becoming heavy at times by early afternoon. The showers gradually become lighter and less frequent from mid-afternoon and largely die out by evening.

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

Around 75% with occasional or periods of cloud lowering to 600m at times in or near showers.


Very good or excellent falling to several kilometres in showers and a few hundred metres or less in cloud.

Meteorologist's view

A significant chill is expected with temperatures around freezing at height and strong winds, with gusts around 45mph over summits. Valley temperatures rise to around 12 Celsius by day.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Wed 25 Apr 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 16.6mm
  • Last 48 hours: 21mm
  • Last 72 hours: 21.6mm

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.

Friday 27 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:42
Sunset: 20:29
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous


Mainly dry through the early hours but cloud increasing. Outbreaks of rain spread east around or soon after dawn, becoming persistent and heavy at times, especially through the late morning and afternoon.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwesterly, gradually backing northeasterly 10-15mph.

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

Around 80% through the early hours becoming near zero through the morning with periods or persistent cloud above 450m developing, with patches below.


  • At 600m Around plus 4 Celsius
  • Valley Around plus 5 Celsius through the early hours rising to plus 10 Celsius by day
  • Freezing level Above the summits.


Very good falling to several kilometres in rain and a few hundred metres or less in cloud. .

Saturday 28 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:40
Sunset: 20:31
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

A bright day with sunny spells and occasionally heavy showers. Mainly light northerly winds. Freezing level above the summits.

Sunday 29 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:38
Sunset: 20:33
Moon phase: Full

Mainly dry and bright, but rather a lot of cloud around. Freshening northerly winds. Freezing level above the summits..

Monday 30 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:36
Sunset: 20:35
Moon phase: Full

Sunny spells with just a few mainly light showers. Fresh northerly winds. Freezing level above the summits.

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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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