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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days


High for cooler more unsettled weather than the last few days as the flow veers to the west, but medium for timing of heavier rain or showers.

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Further outlook

Sunday 22 April 2018

Weather hazards

Poor visibility Medium 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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Strong sunlight Medium likelihood Show 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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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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Band of rain crossing from west during the morning, before clearing for the afternoon with winds veer to the west bringing clearer, cooler conditions.


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Overcast Heavy rain Drizzle Cloudy Light shower day Light shower night
Chance of precipitation at 600m 20% 90% 70% 10% 60% 50%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m S 19 24 SW 19 24 SW 23 30 SW 23 30 SW 20 26 SW 23 30
300m S 9 20 SW 15 28 SW 13 27 SW 15 30 SW 12 26 SW 12 27
Valley S 6 17 SW 6 17 SW 11 26 SW 11 25 SW 10 24 SW 9 25


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 10 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 °
300m 12 ° 9 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 7 °
Valley 13 ° 10 ° 9 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 6 ° 3 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 0 °
300m 10 ° 6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 4 °
Valley 12 ° 8 ° 6 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,300 m 1,900 m 1,800 m 1,300 m 1,400 m 1,300 m
Sunrise: 05:52
Sunset: 20:24
Moon phase: First quarter


A mostly dry but largely dull start. Cloud lowering and thickening from early Sunday morning, with a band of rain crossing from west to east mid to late morning. This soon clearing early afternoon, with most seeing a dry end to the day. However showers will gradually increasing towards early evening, with some heavier outbreaks possible before midnight.

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

70% at first, soon becoming 20% with bases becoming extensive from 600m, and down to 450m across southwestern aspects, then increasing 70% during the afternoon as the cloud lifts and breaks.


Good becoming moderate or poor in showers and rain and very poor in cloud.

Meteorologist's view

As the rain pushes through during the morning cloud lowering across peaks will bring difficult navigational conditions for a time and during the afternoon as sunshine increases, there will be a significant risk of sunburn and dehydration at altitude.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Sun 22 Apr 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 0mm
  • Last 48 hours: 0.2mm
  • Last 72 hours: 0.2mm

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.

Monday 23 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:50
Sunset: 20:26
Moon phase: First quarter


Showers locally heavy during the night, but tending to be isolated and light the morning with sunny spells increasing. Cloud gradually lowering and thickening from the west from mid-day with a band of locally heavy rain crossing the area for a time during the evening.

Maximum wind speed expected

West or Southwest 25 gusts 35mph

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

80% through the morning becoming late afternoon 40% as main bases lower 700-800m with patches below, particularly on western aspects, then 20% during the evening.


  • At 600m Plus 5C
  • Valley Plus 6C increasing 15C for a time during the afternoon
  • Freezing level Well above the summits


Good becoming moderate or poor in showers and rain and very poor in cloud.

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:48
Sunset: 20:27
Moon phase: First quarter

Occasional rain or showers spreading from the west through the morning, but tending to turn drier and brighter later in the day. Summit winds strong westerly with freezing levels staying above all summits.

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Sunrise: 05:46
Sunset: 20:29
Moon phase: First quarter

Sunshine and showers, these more focused in the west. Summit winds fresh or strong westerly with freezing levels staying above all summits.

Thursday 26 April 2018

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

Sunshine and showers, again these mainly across western ranges. Summit winds strong westerly with freezing levels staying above all 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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