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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for rather cool, showery conditions through much of the forecast period, but low for details from Friday due to uncertainties in development and track of a low across the southern UK

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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Sunset: 20:27
Moon phase: First quarter

Rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain or showers. Occasionally strong southwesterly winds.

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Weather hazards

Strong sunlight Medium likelihood Hide detail

Harmful UV levels from sunlight increase with altitude giving a greater risk of sunburn and eye damage, even on some overcast days. On breezy days, the cooling effect of wind on exposed skin may disguise any feeling of sunburn until it is too late. If there is snow cover, glare increases the effect of UV rays especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block, protective clothing such as a long-sleeved top and hat and have good quality eye protection.

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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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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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Headline

Bright day with a mix of sunshine and showers. Strong westerly winds.

Weather

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Weather at 600m Light shower night Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Light shower day Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Light shower night
Chance of precipitation at 600m 60% 20% 20% 20% 40% 60% 60% 30%

Wind speed and direction

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Altitude above mean sea level
600m SW 14 19 W 16 23 W 15 22 W 17 26 SW 22 34 W 23 35 W 22 33 W 19 28
300m W 9 19 W 10 21 W 11 21 W 12 25 W 16 32 W 16 34 W 15 31 W 13 27
Valley SW 8 18 W 9 20 W 9 21 W 12 26 SW 15 31 SW 15 33 W 13 28 W 10 24

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 °
300m 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 5 °
Valley 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 7 °

Feels like temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m -1 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -2 ° -1 ° -3 ° -3 °
300m 3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 3 ° 4 ° 2 ° 1 °
Valley 5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 4 ° 4 °

Freezing level

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Freezing level i 1,200 m 1,100 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m
Sunrise: 05:46
Sunset: 20:29
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Any remaining showers dying out through the early hours with some long clear spells developing. Then a bright morning with sunny spells but cloud bubbling up through the morning with occasionally heavy showers developing, with a risk of hail and thunder, perhaps a little wintriness at times on higher summits. Showers then gradually ease through the evening.

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

Around 75% with occasional or periods of cloud above about 600m at times, especially in or near showers.

Visibility

Very good or excellent falling to several kilometres in showers and a few hundred metres or less in cloud.

Meteorologist's view

A significant chill expected, especially over higher summits, with temperatures just above freezing and gusts around 40mph over ridges and summits. Valley temperatures likely to reach around 12 Celsius.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Tue 24 Apr 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 3.8mm
  • Last 48 hours: 4.2mm
  • Last 72 hours: 7mm

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.

Thursday 26 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:44
Sunset: 20:31
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Mainly dry overnight with clear spells followed by another day of sunny spells and heavy showers, with a risk of hail and thunder. Showers ease again during the evening.

Maximum wind speed expected

Westerly 25-30mph, with gusts around 45mph over ridges and summits, combined with temperatures at height close to freezing producing a significant chill effect. Winds easing later.

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

Around 75% with occasional or periods of cloud above 600m at times in or near showers.

Temperature

  • At 600m Around plus 3 Celsius
  • Valley Falling to around 4 Celsius by dawn then rising to plus 12 Celsius by day
  • Freezing level Just above the summits.

Visibility

Very good or excellent falling to several kilometres in showers and a few hundred metres or less in cloud.

Friday 27 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:41
Sunset: 20:33
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

A bright day expected with just a few showers, however there is some uncertainty with a risk of more persistent rain edging into the area for a time. Winds becoming light. Freezing level remaining just above the highest summits.

Saturday 28 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:39
Sunset: 20:35
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Another day of sunny spells and showers. Light northeasterly winds. Freezing level remaining just above the highest summits.

Sunday 29 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:37
Sunset: 20:37
Moon phase: Full

Continuing bright with sunny spells and a few showers. Fresh northeasterly winds. Freezing level remaining just above the highest summits.

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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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