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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for overall evolution, but lower for low cloud and visibility detail Tuesday and Wedneday, and also timings of rain bands later this week.

  • This evening
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Further outlook

Monday 25 September 2017

Sunset: 19:01
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Rather cloudy with low cloud particularly affecting eastern upslopes.

Tuesday 26 September 2017

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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Forecast

Poor visibilities and low cloud at first, improving by afternoon.

Weather

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Cloudy Cloudy Mist Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 600m 10% 10% 10% 00% 10% 10% 00% 00%

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 SE 7 11 SE 6 10 E 6 12 E 9 13 SE 9 14 SE 9 14 SE 9 15 SE 12 19
300m E 5 10 E 4 9 E 5 12 SE 8 13 SE 8 14 SE 7 14 E 6 15 SE 8 17
Valley E 5 10 E 6 12 E 6 12 SE 8 14 SE 7 13 SE 7 13 E 6 15 E 7 17

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 10 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 10 °
300m 12 ° 11 ° 10 ° 13 ° 15 ° 15 ° 13 ° 12 °
Valley 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 14 ° 17 ° 17 ° 14 ° 13 °

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 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 8 °
300m 12 ° 10 ° 9 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 12 ° 11 °
Valley 13 ° 12 ° 11 ° 13 ° 16 ° 16 ° 13 ° 12 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,400 m 2,200 m 2,200 m 2,200 m 2,200 m 2,200 m 2,300 m 2,300 m
Sunrise: 07:01
Sunset: 18:59
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

A dull start with areas of low cloud giving hill fog conditions, especially on eastern upslopes, and perhaps still the odd spot of drizzle. However, cloud bases lifting during the morning and visibilities improving to give some bright or sunny spells by the afternoon. An isolated light afternoon shower is possible, but most places should be dry with light winds across the park.

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

20% becoming 90%.

Visibility

Poor to start the morning but improving to moderate to good by the afternoon.

Meteorologist's view

Nothing to add.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Mon 25 Sep 2017
  • Last 24 hours: 0.8mm
  • Last 48 hours: 0.8mm
  • Last 72 hours: 6mm

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 27 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:03
Sunset: 18:56
Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Weather

Early hill and valley fog patches will readily disperse through the morning as the east to southeast breeze increases. A bright morning but increasing amounts of cloud through the afternoon, with rain arriving later in the evening, turning heavy at times by midnight.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 12 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 11 Celsius rising to Plus 17 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above summits.

Visibility

Poor at first in the morning, soon improving to good by the afternoon, but deteriorating again moderate to poor into the evening.

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

20% at first, but an improvement to 90% from late morning through until late evening, when a deterioration to 50% likely.

Maximum wind speed expected

East to southeast 20mph.

Thursday 28 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:05
Sunset: 18:54
Moon phase: First quarter

Early cloud and rain quickly clearing to leave a fine and dry day with very good visibilities and largely cloud free hill tops. Light to moderate winds.

Friday 29 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:06
Sunset: 18:51
Moon phase: First quarter

A further band of cloud, rain and strong winds crossing the park around the middle of the day with improving conditions again later.

Saturday 30 September 2017

Sunrise: 07:08
Sunset: 18:49
Moon phase: First quarter

Sunny intervals and occasional showers, with moderate to fresh southwesterly winds. Cloud probably thickening from the west later with strengthening winds and outbreaks of rain arriving by midnight.

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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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