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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days


High confidence for dry weather to start. Lower confidence for the extent of showers from Monday.

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Sunday 18 November 2018

Weather hazards

Severe chill effect Low 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.

Learn more about severe chill effect

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.

Learn more about poor visibility


Early mist clearing then dry and sunny. Windy at height.


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Partly cloudy night Sunny day Sunny day Clear night Clear night Fog
Chance of precipitation at 600m 00% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m NE 11 19 NE 12 18 E 16 21 E 15 21 E 16 24 NE 16 25
300m NE 9 26 NE 8 22 E 8 19 E 8 21 NE 9 24 NE 8 22
Valley E 12 21 E 14 26 E 9 21 E 8 19 NE 10 22 NE 7 18


06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 °
300m 5 ° 5 ° 8 ° 7 ° 5 ° 4 °
Valley 7 ° 8 ° 10 ° 9 ° 7 ° 6 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 1 ° 0 ° 0 ° 0 ° -1 ° -2 °
300m 2 ° 2 ° 5 ° 4 ° 2 ° 1 °
Valley 4 ° 4 ° 8 ° 7 ° 4 ° 4 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 1,400 m 1,100 m 1,000 m 900 m 800 m 900 m
Sunrise: 07:42
Sunset: 16:05
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous


A chilly start, with some patchy mist, fog, and low cloud at first, this clearing in the morning to leave a dry day with largely unbroken sunshine. Remaining dry and mostly clear through evening with patchy fog developing in the valleys and on lower slopes again.

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

60% at first with patchy cloud, mainly on east-facing slopes, but this lifting in the morning then all summits expected to be clear.


Early fog patches clearing, otherwise excellent air clarity.

Meteorologist's view

Wind mean 30 mph with gusts 40mph are likely over high summits and ridges with a marked wind chill.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Sun 18 Nov 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 0.2mm
  • Last 48 hours: 0.4mm
  • Last 72 hours: 0.4mm

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.

Monday 19 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:44
Sunset: 16:04
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous


Cloud will increase overnight to leave a mostly cloudy start to the day with the odd spot of rain but a few sunny spells will develop during the day. Scattered showers will also develop, these wintry on the highest summits. Feeling colder than of late with a significant wind chill on the summits.

Maximum wind speed expected

Easterly 25mph gusts 35mph, increasing 35mph gust 45mph.

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

20% at first with extensive cloud above 500m but cloud will lift and break. Becoming 70% by afternoon with patchy cloud above 650m.


  • At 600m Plus 4 Celsius, falling to Plus 1 Celsius in the evening.
  • Valley Plus 4 rising to 9 or 10 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the summits falling to 700m after dark.


Poor at times on the tops in the morning, but otherwise excellent air clarity.

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:46
Sunset: 16:02
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Mainly cloudy with sunny intervals and occasional showers, wintry above 600m and most frequent in the east. Feeling cold with strong easterly winds on the tops.

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:48
Sunset: 16:01
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Sunny intervals and showers, these wintry on the tops, and merging at times to give some more prolonged rain, sleet, and snow. Feeling cold with a strong east or northeasterly breeze.

Thursday 22 November 2018

Sunrise: 07:50
Sunset: 16:00
Moon phase: Full

Some bright or sunny spells, but further shower, falling as sleet or snow above 600m. Fresh to strong east to southeast winds across the 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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