Mountain weather

Peak District

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Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for the mainly dry conditions. Medium for cloud amounts

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Mountain weather forecast

Bright but rather cloudy.

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Additional weather information

Weather

Rather cloudy for much of the time, although mostly bright during daylight hours, perhaps the odd light shower which would be wintry over the highest tops. A few sunny or clear spells possible.

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

90%, cloud mainly above the tops, but patches possible early and late in the day.

Visibility

Good or very good, perhaps moderate over the tops early and late in the day.

Meteorologist's view

Nothing further to add.

Recent rainfall

Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
Altitude: 511m
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Mountain weather information

Weather

Mainly dry and bright with a few sunny or clear spells. Mostly cloudy around the middle of the day with the odd shower possible, these wintry over the tops.

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

90%, patches near the summits, mainly early and late in the day.

Maximum wind speed expected

Northwest 10 to 20 gusts 30mph

Temperature

  • At 600m Zero Celsius rising to around plus 3 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 2 Celsius rising to 10 Celsius
  • Freezing level 500m at first, rising above the summits around the middle of the day.

Visibility

Mostly good or very good, occasionally moderate over the highest tops.

Mountain weather information

Thursday 2 April

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Mostly cloudy with showers, these turning wintry over the highest tops. Brighter later. Strong westerly winds over the top with a significant wind chill. Freezing level lowering to around 600m later in the day.

Friday 3 April

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Sunny or clear spells. Light or moderate northwest winds at height. Frost early in the day. Freezing level well down at first, but rising above the tops during the day.

Saturday 4 April

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Some sunny or clear spells. Moderate or fresh southwest winds at height. Frost possible early in the day. Freezing level well down at first, but rising above the tops during the day.

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The National Park itself covers an area of 555 square miles with a high point on Kinder Scout of 636 metres. Despite its name, the landscape generally lacks sharp peaks, being characterised by rounded hills and gritstone escarpments.

Despite what its name may suggest, the Peak District is similar in geography to the more gentle Yorkshire Dales. Its highest point is Kinder Scout, although Bleaklow Head (610 metres) and Black Hill (582 metres) offer great alternatives while losing little in terms of total elevation. Black Hill is a point of interest with its covering of peat and lack of vegetation giving the peak its name. However, conservation work has since transformed the peak so that large areas of the bare peat are now covered with native shrubs.

While the Peak District may lack sharp elevations, the whole area covers huge upland stretches, meaning that much of the National Park is on land that's more than 300 metres above sea level.