Area: 1624 sq km
The newest of all Great Britain's National Parks, the South Downs is also one of the longest, stretching out in a spear for 140km (87 miles). Despite its relatively recent designation, locals have been campaigning for the area's downland environment and chalk ridges to be protected since as far back as 1920.
Now, it has finally been given protected status, meaning that concerns over the future of its crowning glories – which include the famed Beachy Head cliffs and South Downs Way – can finally be put to bed.
This should illustrate the huge variations on offer in these areas of natural beauty. With awe-inspiring peaks, heavenly lakes, majestic coastlines and thriving animal habitats, it really is little wonder that Britain is so proud of its National Parks.
The South Downs Way spans the entire length of the park and is the only National Trail that lies wholly within a National Park. This National Park is recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty steeped in history and traditional English culture, from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester to the lively market town of Lewes.
The South Downs National Park weather page provides a 5 day weather forecast for many places within the Park and the surrounding area, featuring 3 hourly updates on weather conditions for rainfall, temperature, wind speed and wind direction.
Weather Warnings and alerts for the South Downs National Park are also displayed during periods of severe weather from the 5 day weather forecast available for each location by clicking on a marker on the map. We warn the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption through our National Severe Weather Warning Service. Weather warnings are displayed for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice. For more information please view our weather warnings guide page.
Weather hazards over 300m
Sorry, forecast is available in English only.
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