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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days

Confidence

High for generally settled conditions and high pressure becoming more dominant over southern parts of the British Isles, but lower confidence for amounts of cloud

  • This evening
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Further outlook

Sunday 24 March 2019

Sunset: 18:29
Moon phase: Waning gibbous

Cloudy with showery rain, but clearing towards midnight though northwest winds becoming strong over the tops.

Monday 25 March 2019

Weather hazards

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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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Headline

A dry and generally sunny morning, but becoming rather cloudy in the afternoon with perhaps the odd light shower.

Weather

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Weather at 600m Partly cloudy night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Chance of precipitation at 600m 00% 00% 00% 00% 00% <05% <05% 00%

Wind speed and direction

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Altitude above mean sea level
600m NW 23 30 NW 20 28 NW 20 28 NW 15 21 NW 9 15 NW 11 17 NW 9 14 W 9 13
300m NW 14 33 NW 11 27 NW 9 19 NW 11 23 NW 7 16 NW 7 17 NW 5 14 NW 4 10
Valley NW 8 26 NW 7 23 NW 3 14 NW 6 17 NW 6 16 NW 7 17 NW 4 12 W 2 7

Temperature

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 1 ° 0 ° 0 ° 1 ° 4 ° 5 ° 4 ° 3 °
300m 3 ° 2 ° 1 ° 4 ° 7 ° 8 ° 6 ° 5 °
Valley 4 ° 3 ° 2 ° 6 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 6 °

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 -6 ° -7 ° -7 ° -4 ° 0 ° 1 ° 1 ° 0 °
300m -2 ° -2 ° -3 ° 1 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 3 °
Valley 1 ° 1 ° 0 ° 4 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 5 °

Freezing level

00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 600 m 500 m 400 m 600 m 700 m 800 m 900 m 1,000 m
Sunrise: 06:00
Sunset: 18:31
Moon phase: Waning gibbous

Weather

Cloud will break up in the early hours then clear periods overnight and becoming quite chilly. Dry and mostly sunny through Monday morning but cloud will build somewhat in the afternoon, especially over western hills with the risk of the odd light shower. Becoming cloudier in the evening but mostly high cloud.

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

50% becoming 90% in early hours, with only very patchy cloud at summit level. Lower chance in the afternoon, between 40 and 70 %, with best chance in the east as occasionally broken cloud develops down to 600 or 700m. .

Visibility

Mostly good or very good, though distant hills will be rather hazy

Meteorologist's view

Rather chilly at height with a cold feel, especially at first.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 15:00 on Sun 24 Mar 2019
  • Last 24 hours: 0mm
  • Last 48 hours: 1.4mm
  • Last 72 hours: 1.8mm

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.

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Sunrise: 05:58
Sunset: 18:33
Moon phase: Third quarter

Weather

Large amounts of high cloud overnight and patchy low cloud and fog may develop at lower levels, but dry. Then dry but rather cloudy on Tuesday, though some bright or sunny spells, with the best of these in the east in the afternoon.

Maximum wind speed expected

Generally light northwesterly winds, but fresher winds, 20mph over higher slopes and close to the cloud base

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

90% overnight with only patchy cloud, but some cloud and fog developing at lower levels. Then between 50 and 70% with broken cloud down to 600m at times and best chance in east in afternoon.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 2 rising to 4 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 1 or 2 Celsius rising to 11 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Lowering to 800 perhaps 700m overnight but rising again through the morning.

Visibility

Generally good or very good beneath the cloud, though fog at low levels at first and some haziness over lower slopes in the morning and again through the evening

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Sunrise: 05:55
Sunset: 18:35
Moon phase: Third quarter

Mostly dry and bright with sunny spells, but perhaps some early mist or fog at low levels. Feeling warm with light, mainly northwesterly winds. Freezing level above the tops.

Thursday 28 March 2019

Sunrise: 05:53
Sunset: 18:37
Moon phase: Third quarter

Generally dry and bright but mostly cloudy, though warm where sun does break through. Light winds and freezing level well above the tops.

Friday 29 March 2019

Sunrise: 05:50
Sunset: 18:39
Moon phase: Third quarter

Another mostly cloudy day, but some bright or perhaps sunny spells, especially in the east, though risk of a little rain in the evening with fresher westerly winds over the tops. Freezing level well above the tops.

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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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