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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days


High for some rain on Monday, showers Tuesday and Wednesday, then largely dry Thursday, Friday.

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Further outlook

Monday 16 July 2018

Weather hazards

Poor visibility High 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 Medium 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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Thunderstorms Low likelihood Show detail

Lightning is a significant mountain hazard which can result in serious injury or death. Mountain terrain often leaves one highly exposed to lightning strikes. Hail may give unpleasant conditions with torrential rain and localised flash flooding also possible, mainly in Summer months.

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Showery rain moving east.


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Cloudy Light shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Light shower day Sunny intervals
Chance of precipitation at 600m 30% 50% 70% 70% 50% 10%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m S 13 16 SW 11 15 SW 10 14 W 11 14 W 11 15 W 9 15
300m S 6 13 SW 6 11 SW 6 12 W 7 14 W 7 14 W 6 13
Valley S 6 13 SW 6 12 SW 5 12 W 5 11 SW 6 12 W 3 10


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 11 °
300m 15 ° 16 ° 16 ° 15 ° 15 ° 12 °
Valley 16 ° 16 ° 17 ° 16 ° 16 ° 13 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 9 °
300m 15 ° 15 ° 16 ° 15 ° 14 ° 12 °
Valley 16 ° 16 ° 17 ° 16 ° 16 ° 13 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,800 m 3,000 m 2,900 m 2,700 m 2,400 m 2,200 m
Sunrise: 04:56
Sunset: 21:33
Moon phase: Waxing crescent


Cloud and showery rain moving east through the morning with some locally heavy rain possible in the afternoon, with a low risk of thunder. Rain gradually clears through the evening, as drier, fresher conditions follow from the west.

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

10% in the morning with cloud persistent and extensive above 500-600m, often lowering to 400m in heavier bursts. Gradually improving to 90% by late afternoon as cloud lifts above the summits.


Poor in low cloud and showery rain through the morning, neighbouring dales often obscured with extensive fog on the summits. Gradually improving to good in the late afternoon.

Meteorologist's view

Poor navigation conditions developing by midday. Uncertainty in how quickly conditions improve in the afternoon.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Mon 16 Jul 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 0mm
  • Last 48 hours: 0mm
  • Last 72 hours: 5mm

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 17 July 2018

Sunrise: 04:57
Sunset: 21:32
Moon phase: Waxing crescent


Mostly dry start with sunny spells, but scattered showers developing from mid morning, perhaps locally heavy in afternoon. Becoming dry during evening, with clear spells overnight.

Maximum wind speed expected

West or southwest 10-15 mph, gusting 25 mph near any heavy showers.

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

90%, cloud bases mostly above the summits.


  • At 600m Plus 12 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 9 Celsius rising to 21 Celsius
  • Freezing level Well above the summits


Very good, temporarily falling to moderate in any passing heavy showers.

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Sunrise: 04:59
Sunset: 21:31
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

A dry start with some sunny spells. Scattered showers developing by the afternoon, less heavy than Tuesday. Light to moderate southwest winds.

Thursday 19 July 2018

Sunrise: 05:00
Sunset: 21:29
Moon phase: First quarter

Warm with dry, sunny spells and light winds.

Friday 20 July 2018

Sunrise: 05:02
Sunset: 21:28
Moon phase: First quarter

Largely dry, fine and warm. Winds light to moderate northwesterly.

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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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