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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days


High, becoming Medium from Tuesday.

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  • Further outlook

Sunday 16 December 2018

Weather hazards

Severe chill effect Low 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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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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Dry and bright for most of the day, but evening rain expected.


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Light shower night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Heavy rain
Chance of precipitation at 600m 30% 20% 20% 20% 40% 90%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m SW 24 32 SW 19 27 SW 17 22 S 16 22 SE 16 22 S 14 19
300m SW 16 25 S 13 22 S 11 18 SE 10 18 SE 11 19 SE 9 15
Valley SW 9 24 S 7 21 S 6 16 SE 5 15 SE 6 16 SE 5 14


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

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m -5 ° -4 ° -3 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 °
300m -1 ° 0 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 °
Valley 1 ° 0 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 3 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 900 m 900 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,100 m 1,000 m
Sunrise: 08:18
Sunset: 15:48
Moon phase: First quarter


A few light rain showers possible at first, but otherwise dry and bright for much of the day with some sunny spells, especially in the morning and early afternoon. Turning cloudier in the late afternoon towards sunset, with outbreaks of heavy rain arriving from the west in the evening, persisting for a few hours before clearing away east towards midnight.

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

80% through the morning and early afternoon, falling to 60% later in the afternoon, and 20% by evening.


Good or very good for most of the day. Moderate in evening rain, perhaps poor or very poor over the tops.

Meteorologist's view

Note sub-zero 'feels like' temperatures at 600m.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Sun 16 Dec 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 1.2mm
  • Last 48 hours: 1.2mm
  • Last 72 hours: 1.2mm

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.

Monday 17 December 2018

Sunrise: 08:18
Sunset: 15:48
Moon phase: First quarter


Mainly dry in the early hours, though staying rather cloudy. A cloudy start to the daytime, but dry and bright and with light winds, and a few sunny spells developing during the morning and into the afternoon. Turning cloudier and breezier towards sunset, with some outbreaks of rain likely in the evening, with winds increasing further during the evening and overnight, though largely dry overnight.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwest 20 to 30 mph gust 40mph in the afternoon, increasing 40mph gusting 60mph overnight.

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

40% at first, rising to 70% for much of the day.


  • At 600m Plus 5 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 3 Celsius rising to Plus 9 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the highest summits.


Good or very good, but moderate in evening rain, and perhaps poor or very poor over the tops.

Tuesday 18 December 2018

Sunrise: 08:19
Sunset: 15:49
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Very windy with gales or severe gales, and outbreaks of heavy driving rain for much of the day.

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Sunrise: 08:20
Sunset: 15:49
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Windy with scattered blustery showers through the day, some heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.

Thursday 20 December 2018

Sunrise: 08:21
Sunset: 15:49
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Breezy with further showers, less heavy than on Wednesday.

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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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