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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for very cold conditions and snow. Lower confidence for snow amounts and for timings of events later in the week, with doubt over how quickly and to what extent somewhat milder air spreads north.

  • This evening
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Further outlook

Sunday 25 February 2018

Sunset: 17:37
Moon phase: First quarter

Cold with clear skies, but patchy cloud developing later. Fresh to strong easterly winds.

Monday 26 February 2018

Weather hazards

Severe chill effect High likelihood Hide 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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Blizzards Low likelihood Show detail

Blizzards and whiteouts present challenging and serious conditions due to a combination of falling or blowing snow, strong winds and cold temperatures. They can be highly disorientating, often resulting in near-zero visibility with limited or no visual references and no distinction between ground and sky. Cliff edges and cornices may not be apparent, even close up. These conditions require very good navigational skills.

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Heavy snow Low likelihood Show detail

Expect snow to rapidly accumulate with deep drifts also possible during windy conditions. Progress will be time consuming and physically strenuous, which will significantly affect the distance one is able to travel on foot. Paths will become hidden and difficult to follow, while very poor visibility during snowfall will make route-finding challenging. A heightened avalanche risk is likely and avalanche reports should be consulted where available.

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Gales Low likelihood Show 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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Strong sunlight Low 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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Headline

Cold, with sunny spells and scattered snow showers

Weather

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Weather at 600m Partly cloudy night Cloudy Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Light snow shower day Light snow shower day Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night
Chance of precipitation at 600m 20% 30% 10% 30% 60% 50% 40% 20%

Wind speed and direction

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Altitude above mean sea level
600m E 21 27 E 21 27 E 20 26 E 19 25 E 22 30 NE 20 28 NE 17 23 NE 16 22
300m E 11 16 E 13 19 E 12 19 E 14 22 E 18 28 NE 18 28 NE 15 24 NE 12 19
Valley E 7 18 E 8 17 E 8 19 E 11 21 E 13 27 NE 14 28 NE 10 23 NE 8 18

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

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 -13 ° -13 ° -14 ° -13 ° -13 ° -12 ° -13 ° -14 °
300m -8 ° -8 ° -8 ° -9 ° -8 ° -8 ° -9 ° -9 °
Valley -6 ° -6 ° -6 ° -6 ° -5 ° -6 ° -7 ° -7 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 0 m 0 m 0 m 0 m 0 m 0 m 0 m 0 m
Sunrise: 07:03
Sunset: 17:39
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

A widespread frost overnight with clear spells but also a few light snow showers. Sunny spells and scattered, mainly light snow showers on Monday, but risk of heavier and more frequent showers in the early afternoon with possibly blizzard conditions and blowing or drifting snow.

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

Around 60 or 70% with occasionally broken cloud down to 500 or 600m, though possibly lower chance, around 40% in afternoon with more showers around.

Visibility

Mainly excellent, but reducing to a few kilometres in snow showers, though possibly blizzard conditions in afternoon

Meteorologist's view

An inversion close to summits at first could bring stronger winds, perhaps 35 to 40 gust 50mph, but inversion lifting during the morning. Bitterly cold with a severe chill and possibility of frost bite

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Sat 24 Feb 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 0mm
  • Last 48 hours: 0mm
  • Last 72 hours: 0.6mm

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 27 February 2018

Sunrise: 07:01
Sunset: 17:41
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Staying very cold with a severe chill. Clear spells and a few snow showers overnight but mostly cloudy by the morning with heavy outbreaks of snow and blizzards over even lower tops. Some blowing snow and drifting also likely. Cloud becoming more broken through the morning with then bright spells and occasional snow showers in the afternoon. Clear spells in the evening but with further snow showers

Maximum wind speed expected

Northerly 30 to 35 gust 50mph at first but turning mainly easterly in the morning and easing 25 gust 35mph.

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

20% at first, with quite extensive cloud down to 500m, but improving to 60% in morning with more broken cloud around 700m, though lower in showers

Temperature

  • At 600m Minus 6 Celsius falling to minus 9 Celsius
  • Valley Minus 2 Celsius rising to between zero and plus 3 Celsius by day
  • Freezing level At all levels

Visibility

Poor or very poor in snow at first, with local whiteout conditions, but improving good or very through the morning, though marked reductions with showers.

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Sunrise: 06:59
Sunset: 17:43
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Bright spells and scattered snow showers, with further snow accumulations. Extremely cold with a fresh or strong easterly wind.

Thursday 1 March 2018

Sunrise: 06:56
Sunset: 17:45
Moon phase: Full

Still bitterly cold, though mainly dry and bright, with only a few snow showers around, though cloud thickening from the south with outbreaks of light snow in the evening. Easterly winds increasing gale force over the summits

Friday 2 March 2018

Sunrise: 06:54
Sunset: 17:47
Moon phase: Full

A mostly cloudy start with some light snow, but heavier and more prolonged snow by the end of the morning. Turnign to rain on lower slopes before slowly clearing through the afternoon and evening with then more broken cloud and a few showers, these still of snow on mid to higher level slopes. Gale force easterly winds turning southeasterly and easing in the afternoon. Freezing level rising to around 500m.

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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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