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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days


High for generally unsettled weather, but low for detail in timing of rain.

  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Further outlook

Friday 22 September 2017

Weather hazards

Poor visibility Low 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.

Learn more about poor visibility

Heavy persistent rain Low likelihood Show detail

Prolonged exposure to heavy rain can result in drenched clothing and a risk of hypothermia if not wearing good quality waterproofs. Terrain may turn increasingly boggy underfoot, while mountain streams will rapidly rise into spate and may 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.

Learn more about heavy persistent rain


A dry and bright morning. Turning cloudy later with rain and a strengthening breeze.


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Sunny day Cloudy Light rain Light rain Fog Fog
Chance of precipitation at 600m 00% 00% 30% 70% 60% 60%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m S 12 19 S 18 22 S 18 24 S 20 27 S 19 26 S 17 23
300m SE 4 13 S 10 19 S 11 22 S 10 23 S 10 23 S 10 21
Valley SE 3 11 S 9 19 S 9 22 SE 8 22 S 10 25 S 9 21


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 6 ° 6 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 °
300m 6 ° 9 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 °
Valley 8 ° 11 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 3 ° 2 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 °
300m 5 ° 7 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 °
Valley 7 ° 9 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,500 m 1,400 m 1,600 m 2,400 m 2,200 m 2,100 m
Sunrise: 06:54
Sunset: 19:09
Moon phase: New


A dry and clear start, with a few valley fog patches. The fog will lift quickly, with cloud then pushing in from the west. The cloud may touch some of the tops and thicken to produce patchy hill fog. Some mainly light and patchy rain is forecast through the afternoon, with some heavier bursts also possible for a time.

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

90% at first, with cloud well above the tops, but decreasing to 10% as cloud thickens and descends to 400 metres through the afternoon and early evening. Some patches down to 300 metres are possible in heavier bursts.


Good or very good for much of the day, but decreasing to moderate at times in the heavier bursts of patchy rain.

Meteorologist's view

Gusts may be up to 10mph above values stated for the higher tops.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Fri 22 Sep 2017
  • Last 24 hours: 2.6mm
  • Last 48 hours: 4.4mm
  • Last 72 hours: 4.4mm

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.

Saturday 23 September 2017

Sunrise: 06:56
Sunset: 19:06
Moon phase: New


Starting cloudy with some light and patchy rain, but this will soon die out to leave a cloudy day. The cloud will linger throughout daylight hours, giving a dull feel with an odd spot of drizzle possible. Skies clearing during the late afternoon and early evening.


  • At 600m Plus 9 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 10 rising to plus 20 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.


Good or very good outside of the cloud, but perhaps moderate or poor in the early rain.

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

10% through much of the day, with a widespread area of cloud across the Dales, descending down to 400 metres widely, and 300 metres in places. Increasing up to 100% through the evening as the cloud clears north.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southerly strong with gusts to 30mph.

Sunday 24 September 2017

Sunrise: 06:57
Sunset: 19:04
Moon phase: New

Winds easing and then a mainly dry day, with sunny spells. Cloud should stay above all summits through the day, but some rain and thicker cloud could reach the far west by dusk.

Monday 25 September 2017

Sunrise: 06:59
Sunset: 19:01
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Any overnight rain should soon clear away westwards to leave another dry day with hazy sunshine. Some isolated showers possible overnight.

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:01
Sunset: 18:59
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Overnight rain again clearing to leave a mainly dry and bright day with an odd chance of a shower.

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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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