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Peak District - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Peak District over the next 5 days

Confidence

Medium for details throughout the period.

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Further outlook

Monday 15 October 2018

Weather hazards

Poor visibility Low 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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Headline

Some early rain and cloud, especially in the east. Drier, brighter spells following.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Drizzle Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast
Chance of precipitation at 600m 30% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m NE 17 23 NE 17 23 NE 17 23 NE 17 24 NE 16 23 E 15 21
300m NE 11 21 NE 12 23 NE 11 20 NE 12 21 NE 11 22 E 10 20
Valley NE 11 23 NE 11 22 NE 6 16 NE 9 19 E 9 21 E 10 22

Temperature

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

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 0 ° 0 ° 1 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 °
300m 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 °
Valley 5 ° 5 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,600 m 2,400 m 2,300 m 2,600 m 2,500 m 2,600 m
Sunrise: 07:34
Sunset: 18:12
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Some patchy low cloud and mist is possible at first, with one or two outbreaks of rain. This will gradually ease during the morning with some bright spells developing by the afternoon. However further low cloud, mist and fog then expected to become extensive in the evening, with drizzle possible.

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

80%,in west, but 40% in the east with occasional cloud around 500m. This falling to 20% in the evening with extensive cloud at 500m, and some patches down to 300m in the east.

Visibility

Only moderately distant hills likely to be visible in the east at first and later in the day, due to cloud and occasional drizzle. The best visibility in the west during the afternoon.

Meteorologist's view

A mixed day, especially in the east, where views could be limited due to cloud and some rain, although confidence is low regarding the extent of this. Best of the conditions in the west.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
  • Altitude: 511m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Mon 15 Oct 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 16.6mm
  • Last 48 hours: 33.8mm
  • Last 72 hours: 45.8mm

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.

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Sunrise: 07:36
Sunset: 18:10
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Low cloud, mist and fog possible overnight and during the morning as well as drizzle, but this should clear to give some bright or sunny spells in the afternoon. However, becoming cloudy with outbreaks of rain in the evening.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwest 15 to 25mph gusting 35mph

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

20% early and later in the day with extensive cloudy around 600m, and some patches down to bases 300m. This improving to 60% in the afternoon with broken cloud at around 600m.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 10 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 6 Celsius rising to 14 Celsius
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Visibility

Mostly good or very good in the afternoon, but moderate or poor in rain, drizzle and mist. Very poor in fog.

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Sunrise: 07:37
Sunset: 18:07
Moon phase: First quarter

Patchy cloud and a few showers during the early hours. Mainly dry and bright with sunny spells during daylight hours, although isolated light showers possible. Light or moderate northwest winds.

Thursday 18 October 2018

Sunrise: 07:39
Sunset: 18:05
Moon phase: First quarter

Dry and bright. Occasional sunny or clear spells. Light and variable winds. Mist and fog patches possible overnight and during the morning.

Friday 19 October 2018

Sunrise: 07:41
Sunset: 18:03
Moon phase: First quarter

Mostly cloudy with occasional rain and drizzle. Possibly drier and clearer early and late in the day. Moderate west or northwest winds.

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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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