Mountain weather

Peak District

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Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

Medium confidence for details in the forecast currently with some doubts over timings of rainfall especially on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

This evening forecast

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Evening rain continuing but getting lighter later in the evening, there will be extensive low cloud forming particularly on the more eastern hills. Strong easterly winds will make for quite an unpleasant evening in the Peak District.

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Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

Hazards apply at or above 300m, reflecting the more severe conditions which can occur at altitude.

hazard Poor visibility
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.

Mountain weather forecast

Becoming dry and cloudy by daybreak with light winds.

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Additional weather information

Weather

Light and drizzly rain continuing overnight but this will eventually clear north by dawn to leave a cloudy day, there will be some sunny interludes breaking through more especially in the west later in the day. Cloud beginning to break more during the evening with a few clear spells for the early part of the night.

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

In the morning the chance of cloud free tops will be 20% with most tops being shrouded in broken cloudy about 3-400m. this will improve to 70% in the afternoon with peaks in the west likely to see the best clearance during the afternoon.

Visibility

Visibility will generally be moderate on Tuesday morning but will become good later in the day.

Meteorologist's view

Mainly light winds.

Recent rainfall

Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
Altitude: 511m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
0.4mm3.4mm4.6mm
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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.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

A wet start to the day with overnight rain taking some time to clear east. There may be some heavier outbreaks of rain during the morning but it will leave a brighter afternoon with some sunny spells.

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

30-40% chance of cloud free tops in the morning with cloud bases widely around 5-600m. Cloud lifting and thinning in the afternoon with the chance improving to 70-80% , some scattered cloud around 700m will be slow to clear the tops.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southeasterly winds 15-20mph with gusts 30mph, winds will veer southwesterly by late morning 10-15mph gusts 25-30mph.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 8 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 7 rising to plus 13 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Visibility

Visibility will be poor in the morning in rain and drizzle making navigation quite tricky on the hills, it will improve during the afternoon, becoming good or even very good by late afternoon with good views from the hill tops.

Mountain weather information

Thursday 17 October

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A dry and bright start but a showery outlook for the rest of the day. Strengthening southerly winds will become gusty too.

Friday 18 October

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A blustery and showery day, risk of hail and thunder in the showers. Strong and gusty southerly winds.

Saturday 19 October

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Another showery day with some heavy and thundery. Light, mainly southerly winds.

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Summit specific forecast

Mountain summit forecast map

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.