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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for transition from showery to settled weather for Tuesday. Medium for the extent of poorer conditions Wednesday, then medium to high for quite cloudy but mild from Thursday.

  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Further outlook

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Weather hazards

Gales Low 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 Low 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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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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Headline

Showery start but turning settled from late morning. Windy.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Light shower night Light shower night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 600m 30% 20% 10% <05% <05% <05%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m SW 31 39 SW 26 34 SW 23 31 SW 20 27 SW 21 31 SW 23 34
300m SW 22 31 SW 18 27 SW 18 26 SW 13 21 SW 15 25 S 15 26
Valley SW 13 29 SW 11 26 SW 12 25 SW 8 19 SW 9 23 S 9 25

Temperature

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

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m -2 ° -2 ° 0 ° 2 ° 1 ° 2 °
300m 2 ° 2 ° 5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 °
Valley 4 ° 4 ° 7 ° 8 ° 6 ° 6 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,200 m 1,200 m 1,200 m 1,300 m 1,500 m 1,500 m
Sunrise: 07:28
Sunset: 16:14
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Occasional showers at first, these heaviest across the western most peaks such as Shining Tor. Showers decaying from early morning, with only a few light isolated outbreaks expected for the afternoon, these mainly confined to western most ranges. Cloud gradually lowering from the west during the evening, but staying dry with bases mostly above the summits come midnight.

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

85% at first with bases lowering 500-600m in showers, with patches lower across western and southwestern aspects, becoming 95%+ from late morning.

Visibility

Becoming moderate or poor in showers at first, otherwise very good.

Meteorologist's view

Risk gales across very highest summits at first, combining with occasional hill fog to bring some difficult conditions.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Tue 13 Nov 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 3.8mm
  • Last 48 hours: 6mm
  • Last 72 hours: 6.8mm

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.

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:30
Sunset: 16:13
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Cloud thickening to bring some of rain overnight. Rain turning more patchy from the south through the morning and afternoon, with clouds breaking to bring some late brightness. Mainly dry during the evening with clear spells developing.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southerly or Southwesterly initially mean 25-30mph over highest summits with gusts 40mph, slowly easing later.

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

Lowering 30% early Wednesday with bases extensive from 450-600m, increasing 90% during the afternoon as bases lift and fragment from the south.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 6 to 8C
  • Valley Plus 8C increasing 13C during the afternoon
  • Freezing level Above summits

Visibility

Under the cloud moderate in the rain, becoming good or very good later.

Thursday 15 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:32
Sunset: 16:11
Moon phase: First quarter

Generally fair with clear then bright spells. Cloud thickening and lowering to bring some drizzle later to southern and western ranges. Moderate southerly breezes. Freezing level well above the summits

Friday 16 November 2018

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

Rather cloudy with some drizzly showers, these mainly across southern peaks, but also some brighter spells mixed in. Again moderate southerly breezes with freezing level well above the summits.

Saturday 17 November 2018

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

Similar to Friday with rather cloudy skies bringing a few light showers. Light easterly breezes with freezing level well 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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