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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days


High out to the end of the week, but low for Saturday. Higher confidence for colder increasingly settled conditions Sunday then turning more unsettled on Monday, but low for details.

  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Further outlook

Thursday 24 January 2019

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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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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Cloudy. Mostly dry through daylight hours. Cold on the tops.


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Fog Fog Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Mist Drizzle
Chance of precipitation at 600m 30% 20% 10% 10% 40% 60%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m W 9 14 W 8 12 W 8 10 SW 8 11 SW 8 11 S 10 14
300m W 3 12 NW 2 10 NW 2 8 SW 2 7 S 1 6 S 1 6
Valley N 1 4 NW 0 3 NW 0 3 NW 1 3 E 1 4 S 1 7


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

Feels like temperature

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

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 300 m 300 m 300 m 500 m 700 m 900 m
Sunrise: 08:10
Sunset: 16:33
Moon phase: Waning gibbous


A mostly dry day, with cloud lifting and breaking at times by afternoon. Cloud lowering again in the evening with rain and drizzle spreading from the west.

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

30% in the morning, cloud often extensive above 400-500m, but gradually lifting towards midday. 60% in the afternoon with variable cloud base, often above the summits. Falling to nil in the evening with extensive cloud down to 400m


Variable. Generally poor on the tops in the morning, but often good in the afternoon. Becoming very poor in the evening.

Meteorologist's view

A cold and often cloudy day.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Thu 24 Jan 2019
  • Last 24 hours: 5mm
  • Last 48 hours: 7.6mm
  • Last 72 hours: 13mm

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 25 January 2019

Sunrise: 08:09
Sunset: 16:35
Moon phase: Waning gibbous


Low cloud and rain through the early hours. Turning more patchy in the morning but further outbreaks of rain through the day and into the evening. Strong winds across the tops.

Maximum wind speed expected

West 25 gusting 30-35 mph.

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

Generally nil with cloud extensive above 400-500m.


  • At 600m Plus 5 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 2 Celsius rising to 7 Celsius
  • Freezing level Well above the summits.


Very poor at height with persistent low cloud. Falling moderate at low levels in rain.

Saturday 26 January 2019

Sunrise: 08:07
Sunset: 16:37
Moon phase: Third quarter

Very low confidence in details, but a wet day is expected. Outbreaks of rain for much of the time, and turning colder later in the day with strong northerly winds and a chance of snow.

Sunday 27 January 2019

Sunrise: 08:06
Sunset: 16:39
Moon phase: Third quarter

A cold day with strong northerly winds easing. Mainly dry and bright with a few scattered snow showers at first. Cold and frosty overnight.

Monday 28 January 2019

Sunrise: 08:04
Sunset: 16:41
Moon phase: Third quarter

Turning increasingly cloudy with strengthening west or northwest winds. Rain and perhaps summit snow spreading east.

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The Yorkshire Dales National Park covers an area of 683 square miles and is a collection of rivers, valleys and hills.

The National Park lies within the county boundaries of historic Yorkshire with much of the landscape consisting of limestone country; lush green valleys known locally as 'dales' crested with white limestone cliffs known as 'scars'. Hidden beneath these hills and peaks is an underground world of caves and potholes with stalactites and stalagmites, cathedral sized chambers, underground rivers and waterfalls.

A gentler outlook awaits visitors in the Yorkshire Dales, compared to the much more imposing ranges of the Lake District. The tallest of the gentle rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales is Whernside, which reaches 736 metres. Known as the 'King of the Dales', Whernside may not be the tallest of mountains on offer in the UK, but still rewards those who make the journey with views that stretch for miles.

Walkers shouldn't be under the illusion that the Yorkshire Dales doesn't offer challenges for ardent mountain walkers. Instead, a 'Three Peaks Challenge', which takes in Whernside, Ingelborough and Pen-y-Ghent, sees walkers cover over 23 miles and almost 1,600 metres of ascent. The record for completing all three currently stands at around two and a half hours.

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