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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for a breezy, rather unsettled and generally milder week, but only medium for details and timings of precipitation.

  • This evening
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Further outlook

Sunday 21 January 2018

Sunset: 16:27
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Mostly cloudy with patchy light rain and summit sleet. Extensive hill fog. Strong to gale force westerly winds.

Monday 22 January 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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Gales Medium likelihood Show detail

Progress will be impeded by very strong winds. Walking will be difficult and strenuous at times with a potential for one to be blown over in gusts. There can be a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances often take longer to cover with compass bearings becoming more difficult to follow accurately.

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Severe chill effect Medium 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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Headline

Mostly cloudy with a little rain at times. Strong westerly winds.

Weather

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Cloudy Partly cloudy night Cloudy Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain
Chance of precipitation at 600m 40% 30% 40% 60% 30% 30% 40% 60%

Wind speed and direction

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m W 24 37 W 20 31 W 15 24 W 18 28 W 20 31 W 19 30 SW 18 28 SW 18 28
300m W 16 35 W 15 34 W 9 23 W 11 27 W 12 30 W 11 28 W 10 25 SW 9 24
Valley W 8 21 W 9 21 W 7 19 W 8 21 W 12 26 W 11 25 SW 10 23 SW 9 23

Temperature

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

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 -5 ° -5 ° -4 ° -5 ° -4 ° -4 ° -4 ° -4 °
300m -2 ° -2 ° -1 ° -2 ° -1 ° -1 ° -1 ° 0 °
Valley 3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,000 m 900 m 900 m 900 m 900 m 900 m 900 m 1,000 m
Sunrise: 08:13
Sunset: 16:29
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Mostly cloudy with patchy light rain, with perhaps a little sleet on the highest summits, especially across more western hills. Eastern hills will see less in the way of rain and, especially during the afternoon there may be some brighter spells developing.

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

Around 30% across western hills with periods above about 600m lowering to 450m at times in rain but nearer 60% in the east with cloud lifting above 750m at times.

Visibility

Good falling to several kilometres in rain and any summit sleet

Meteorologist's view

Gusts around 50mph possible through the early hours over ridges and summits. A continuing thaw at all levels.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Sun 21 Jan 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 0.4mm
  • Last 48 hours: 7.2mm
  • Last 72 hours: 14.2mm

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 23 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:11
Sunset: 16:31
Moon phase: First quarter

Weather

Continuing mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain, most persistent and occasionally heavy across the west for a time during the afternoon. Best of any brighter spells expected across the east through the morning.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwesterly winds 25-30mph, with gusts around 50mph over ridges and summits, easing later

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

Similar to Monday with the best chances across eastern hills with periods above 750m at times, especially through the morning and again in the evening. Across the west periods or persistent cloud around 600m is expected to lower to 450m at times in rain, especially in the afternoon.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 2 Celsius rising to plus 6 Celsius.
  • Valley Falling to around plus 4 Celsius at dawn, rising to plus 12 Celsius by day.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Visibility

Good falling to several kilometres in rain

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:10
Sunset: 16:33
Moon phase: First quarter

Early rain clearing to sunny spells and occasional showers, perhaps giving some wintriness on the highest summits later. Gale or severe gale force southwesterly winds at times. Freezing level remaining above the summits.

Thursday 25 January 2018

Sunrise: 08:09
Sunset: 16:35
Moon phase: First quarter

Clear or sunny spells and showers, falling increasingly as snow above about 600m, the showers may merge to give a longer spells of rain or snow around the middle of the day. Strong southwesterly winds turning more westerly and easing later. Freezing level falling close to the highest summits.

Friday 26 January 2018

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

Mainly dry with some decent spells of sunshine. Cloud increasing later with risk of more persistent rain and summit snow during the evening. Occasionally strong westerly or northwesterly winds backing southwesterly later. Freezing level close to 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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