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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days


High for transition from showery to settled weather for Tuesday. Medium for the extent of poorer conditions Wednesday, then medium to high for quite cloudy but mild from Thursday.

  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Further outlook

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Weather hazards

Gales Medium likelihood Hide detail

Gale force winds (gusts over 50mph) make walking difficult and strenuous with a potential to be blown over by gusts. There is often a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances can take longer to cover and compass bearings become harder to follow accurately.

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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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Showery start but turning settled from late morning. Windy.


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Heavy shower night Light shower day Light shower day Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 600m 70% 40% 20% 10% 10% 10%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m W 28 39 W 26 37 W 24 34 SW 19 28 SW 17 25 S 19 29
300m W 18 36 W 17 36 W 15 31 SW 11 24 SW 9 22 S 10 26
Valley W 12 29 W 12 28 W 13 29 SW 9 21 S 7 22 S 9 26


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 6 °
300m 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 °
Valley 8 ° 8 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 °

Feels like temperature

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

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,300 m 1,200 m 1,200 m 1,300 m 1,500 m 1,500 m
Sunrise: 07:33
Sunset: 16:13
Moon phase: Waxing crescent


Frequent showers at first, these heaviest across the western most peaks such as Calf Top, bringing a risk of thunderstorms. Showers decaying from early morning, with only a few light isolated outbreaks expected for the afternoon, these mainly confined to western most ranges. Cloud gradually lowering from the west during the evening, but staying dry with bases mostly above the summits come midnight.

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

75% at first with bases lowering 500-600m in showers, with patches lower across western and southwestern aspects, becoming 95%+ from late morning.


Becoming moderate or poor in showers at first, otherwise very good.

Meteorologist's view

Gales across highest summits at first, combining with occasional hill fog to bring difficult conditions.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Tue 13 Nov 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 4.2mm
  • Last 48 hours: 8.2mm
  • Last 72 hours: 14.4mm

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.

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:35
Sunset: 16:11
Moon phase: First quarter


Cloud thickening to bring periods of rain overnight, perhaps turning heavy for a time. Rain turning slowly more patchy from the south through the morning and afternoon, with clouds perhaps breaking to bring some late brightness before dusk. Mainly dry during the evening with clear spells developing.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southerly or Southwesterly initially mean 30-35mph over highest summits with gusts 45mph, slowly easing later.

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

Lowering 20% early Wednesday with bases extensive from 450-600m, increasing 75% during the afternoon as bases lift and fragment from the south.


  • At 600m Plus 6 to 8C
  • Valley Plus 8C increasing 11C during the afternoon
  • Freezing level Above summits


Under the cloud moderate or poor in the rain, becoming good or very good later.

Thursday 15 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:37
Sunset: 16:10
Moon phase: First quarter

Generally fair with clear then bright spells. Cloud thickening and lowering to bring some drizzle later to southern and western ranges. Moderate southerly breezes. Freezing level well above the summits

Friday 16 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:39
Sunset: 16:08
Moon phase: First quarter

Rather cloudy with some drizzly showers, these mainly across southern and western peaks, but also some brighter spells mixed in. Again moderate southerly breezes with freezing level well above the summits.

Saturday 17 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:40
Sunset: 16:07
Moon phase: First quarter

Similar to Friday with rather cloudy skies bringing a few light showers. Light southeasterly breezes with freezing level well above the 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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