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Yorkshire Dales - Mountain weather forecast

Weather warnings

Warnings affecting Yorkshire Dales over the next 5 days

Confidence

Generally high confidence today and tomorrow. Lower with risk of showers later in the week.

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  • Further outlook

Sunday 27 May 2018

Weather hazards

Strong sunlight High likelihood Hide 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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Gales Medium likelihood Show detail

Gale force winds (gusts over 50mph) make walking difficult and strenuous with a potential to be blown over by gusts. There is often a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances can take longer to cover and compass bearings become harder to follow accurately.

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Poor visibility Medium 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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Headline

Mainly dry today with warm sunny spells. Some mist and low cloud may cover peaks at first. Strong winds, local gales.

Weather

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Weather at 600m Mist Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
Chance of precipitation at 600m <05% <05% <05% <05% <05% <05%

Wind speed and direction

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m E 22 31 E 24 30 E 26 34 E 23 32 E 18 25 E 16 25
300m NE 15 36 E 15 31 E 15 32 E 15 31 E 10 23 E 10 24
Valley NE 13 30 E 18 37 E 17 37 E 10 25 E 10 24 E 10 20

Temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 11 ° 13 ° 16 ° 17 ° 16 ° 13 °
300m 14 ° 18 ° 21 ° 21 ° 18 ° 15 °
Valley 15 ° 19 ° 21 ° 22 ° 20 ° 17 °

Feels like temperature

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Altitude above mean sea level
600m 8 ° 9 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 10 °
300m 11 ° 15 ° 17 ° 17 ° 16 ° 13 °
Valley 13 ° 16 ° 17 ° 20 ° 18 ° 15 °

Freezing level

06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Freezing level i 2,800 m 3,000 m 3,100 m 3,100 m 3,100 m 3,100 m
Sunrise: 04:49
Sunset: 21:24
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Most places will be dry today with some early mist and low cloud. This should soon burn off. Sunshine may be strong with risk of sunburn. Winds will be gusty over exposed peaks and ridges today, possibly gale strength.

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

At first and again during the evening 30% across eastern ranges with lower cloud spreading from the west below around 400 to 500m. Otherwise 70%.

Visibility

At first and again during the evening across eastern ranges poor, perhaps very poor, with lower cloud spreading from the east. Otherwise mainly good.

Meteorologist's view

Winds look to be too low particularly across higher peaks and ridges where local gales are possible. Strong afternoon sunshine bringing a risk of sunburn.

Recent rainfall

  • Location: Malham
  • Altitude: 375m
  • Measurement date: 03:00 on Sun 27 May 2018
  • Last 24 hours: 0mm
  • Last 48 hours: 1.8mm
  • 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.

Monday 28 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:47
Sunset: 21:26
Moon phase: Waxing gibbous

Weather

Early mist and low cloud will burn off, then often sunny weather is forecast with risk of sunburn. Becoming less windy over peaks. Warm in valleys.

Maximum wind speed expected

East initially 25 gusts 35-40mph across exposed ridges and summits, decreasing from early morning, becoming light from early afternoon.

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

At first and again during the evening 30% across eastern ranges with lower cloud spreading from the west below from around 700m. Otherwise 80%.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 10C rising 17C for a time during the afternoon
  • Valley Plus 9C rising 23C for a time during the afternoon
  • Freezing level Around 3000m

Visibility

At first and again during the evening poor, perhaps very poor, across eastern ranges with lower cloud spreading from the west. Otherwise mainly good.

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:46
Sunset: 21:27
Moon phase: Full

Western ranges staying dry and seeing the best of the sunshine, while eastern ranges turn cloudy with some drizzly upslope showers early and late in the day. Summit winds moderate or fresh from the east. Freezing level remaining well above all summits.

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:45
Sunset: 21:28
Moon phase: Full

Rather cloud with mist and fog on peaks, especially in east. However some brighter spells still expected, particularly across the west. Thundery showers may arrive during the afternoon, evening. Summit winds light to moderate from the east. Freezing level above all summits.

Thursday 31 May 2018

Sunrise: 04:44
Sunset: 21:30
Moon phase: Full

Sunshine and possible isolated showers. Warm in valleys. Light winds. Freezing level remaining well 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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