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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days

Confidence

High on Saturday, then Medium for details on Sunday. Remaining Medium for early next week.

  • This evening
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Friday 17 November 2017

Sunset: 16:07
Moon phase: Waning crescent

Windy and mostly dry. Patchy cloud.

Saturday 18 November 2017

Weather hazards

Severe chill effect Medium likelihood Hide 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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Gales Low 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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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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Forecast

Bright spells and a few showers. Windy with a severe wind chill over the tops.

Weather

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Weather at 600m Cloudy Cloudy Light shower night Light shower day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Clear night Clear night
Chance of precipitation at 600m 20% 40% 50% 50% 30% 20% 10% 10%

Wind speed and direction

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Altitude above mean sea level
600m W 26 35 W 26 36 W 24 32 W 20 26 NW 21 28 NW 18 25 NW 18 26 NW 18 26
300m W 16 36 W 17 37 W 15 33 NW 11 25 NW 12 27 NW 10 23 NW 11 26 NW 10 26
Valley W 10 28 W 8 25 W 11 27 W 7 19 NW 8 21 NW 6 18 NW 5 18 NW 5 16

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 1 ° 0 °
300m 5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 3 ° 2 °
Valley 6 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 6 ° 4 ° 3 °

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 -3 ° -3 ° -3 ° -4 ° -4 ° -4 ° -5 ° -6 °
300m 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° -1 ° -2 °
Valley 3 ° 5 ° 3 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 2 ° 0 °

Freezing level

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Freezing level i 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 800 m 700 m 600 m 500 m 400 m
Sunrise: 07:42
Sunset: 16:05
Moon phase: New

Weather

Mostly cloudy overnight and early morning with some showers, these possibly wintry over the highest tops. Any showers soon dying out during the morning with some bright or sunny spells. It will be windy over the tops with a significant wind chill. Mainly dry with well broken cloud in the evening, clear spells possible. However, isolated wintry cannot be ruled out.

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

70 to 90% during daylight hours, the cloud often patchy near or above the summits. The cloud more extensive and lower overnight and early morning.

Visibility

Generally good or very good, but moderate or poor in any showers.

Meteorologist's view

Any significant gusts in the valleys will be isolated.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Fri 17 Nov 2017
  • Last 24 hours: 0.2mm
  • Last 48 hours: 5.4mm
  • Last 72 hours: 12.2mm

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.

Sunday 19 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:44
Sunset: 16:04
Moon phase: New

Weather

Clear spells overnight leading into a mainly dry and bright day with sunny spells. Cloudier later with some rain, sleet or snow in the evening.

Temperature

  • At 600m Around Zero Celsius, perhaps 2 late evening.
  • Valley Minus 2 Celsius rising to plus 7 Celsius
  • Freezing level 300 to 600m, late evening 1000m

Visibility

Mainly very good, but moderate or poor, occasionally very poor in the evening.

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

70 to 90% overnight and during daylight hours. 20 to 40% in the evening as the cloud thickens and lowers.

Maximum wind speed expected

Northwest 10 to 20mph, late in period turning into the southwest.

Monday 20 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:46
Sunset: 16:02
Moon phase: New

Overcast with rain, drizzle and mist. The rain occasionally heavy. Hill fog. Variable winds, mainly moderate.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:48
Sunset: 16:01
Moon phase: New

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times. Hill fog. Southeast to Southwest winds, strong at times.

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sunrise: 07:50
Sunset: 16:00
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times. Hill fog. Gale or severe gales force southwest winds.

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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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