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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days


High for timings of rain clearance this afternoon. Low for aspects of the weather on Sunday and Monday, due to uncertainty in slow-moving weather fronts.

  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Further outlook

Thursday 21 September 2017

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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Heavy persistent rain Low 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.

Learn more about heavy persistent rain


Mainly dry first thing, but, occasionally heavy rain soon arriving, clearing late in the day.


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Sunny intervals Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain Sunny intervals Clear night
Chance of precipitation at 600m 30% 60% 90% 60% 10% 00%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m S 27 34 S 27 36 S 23 30 W 15 21 W 16 23 W 14 19
300m S 18 28 S 19 31 S 17 27 W 10 18 W 10 18 SW 8 14
Valley S 10 25 S 12 28 SW 11 25 W 7 16 W 7 16 SW 4 12


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 8 ° 7 °
300m 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 11 ° 9 °
Valley 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 11 ° 9 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 5 ° 4 °
300m 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 7 °
Valley 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 8 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,800 m 2,700 m 2,600 m 2,200 m 1,700 m 1,300 m
Sunrise: 06:51
Sunset: 19:09
Moon phase: New


A dull but dry start with cloud shrouding many of the highest peaks. Rain is likely to arrive in the west late morning, spreading to all parts and becoming heavy and persistent for a time before clearing late afternoon eastwards. Gusty southerly winds during the morning will ease to a lighter westerly by the afternoon. Dry and bright weather is likely to end the day, perhaps with some late sunshine before dusk. Remaining dry and becoming cold during the evening.

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

30% at first, with patches of cloud down to 400 metres across some parts. Quickly increasing to 90% later as the weather front clears.


Poor or very poor in any heavier rain and low cloud. Visibilities improving significantly during the afternoon with fresher, clearer air from the west arriving behind the weather front.

Meteorologist's view

Strong winds across high ridges in the southerly, but easing quickly as the westerly sets in during the afternoon, and feeling much cooler with the westerly.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Thu 21 Sep 2017
  • Last 24 hours: 1.6mm
  • Last 48 hours: 1.8mm
  • Last 72 hours: 5.6mm

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 22 September 2017

Sunrise: 06:52
Sunset: 19:07
Moon phase: New


A dry, cold and sunny start, and remaining dry and sunny until the afternoon with any valley fog clearing quickly. Becoming increasingly cloudy during the afternoon, with a little rain pushing eastwards. Southwesterly winds strengthening through the day. Cloud may lower onto high ridges during the late afternoon, more especially during the evening.


  • At 600m Plus 12 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 5 rising to plus 17 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.


Excellent during most of the day, but deteriorating a little as the rain arrives during the afternoon. Cloud should stay mostly above the high peaks until late afternoon, so reducing to poor visibilities by the end of the day.

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

100% during the morning, but falling to 60% during the afternoon, then 20% late afternoon and evening.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southerly 40mph.

Saturday 23 September 2017

Sunrise: 06:54
Sunset: 19:05
Moon phase: New

A mostly cloudy morning, with cloud covering highest peaks, and perhaps a little drizzle. A strong southerly wind should develop, which will help the cloud disperse and some warm sunshine to develop later in the day.

Sunday 24 September 2017

Sunrise: 06:56
Sunset: 19:02
Moon phase: New

Most likely dry and bright with sunshine during the morning, and relatively warm with moderate southeasterly winds. Rain is likely to edge into the west again during the afternoon, but timing of this is uncertain at this point.

Monday 25 September 2017

Sunrise: 06:58
Sunset: 19:00
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

A weather front looks likely to be nearby or overhead on Monday, but with some uncertainty at this stage. The most likely scenario is for a rather cloudy day, perhaps with hill fog and mainly light winds, and a few showery outbreaks of rain at times.

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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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