Mountain weather

Peak District

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Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High in overall trend, lower in detail regarding cloud amounts and possible drizzle or showers on Tuesday.

This evening forecast

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Dry this evening with sunny spells, then cloud will increase after dark.

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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.
hazard Strong sunlight
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.

Mountain weather forecast

Cloudier tomorrow with limited sunny spells. Chance of isolated showers, possible drizzle, low cloud on western upslopes.

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Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Generally mild with moderate or fresh winds over peaks. Locally warm in any sunshine in east.

Weather

Rather cloudy through the day with limited sunny spells, any cloud breaks more likely in the east. Cloud may give a little drizzle in west, and chance of a shower over the hills. Cloud may cover peaks for a time during the morning.

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

40 percent during the early morning, otherwise 70 percent.

Visibility

Mainly good or very good. Moderate in mist or drizzle, and poor in any low cloud cover.

Recent rainfall

Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
Altitude: 511m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
0mm0.4mm1.4mm
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Mountain weather information

Weather

A dry day with lots of sunny weather, sufficiently strong to give sunburn on exposed skin. Pleasant at altitude, with winds light, warm in valleys.

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

90 to 100 percent.

Maximum wind speed expected

Northwest gusts 15 mph.

Temperature

  • At 600m 7 bec 15 deg C
  • Valley 5 bec 18 deg C
  • Freezing level Will be above the peaks.

Visibility

Very good.

Mountain weather information

Thursday 28 May

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Dry with sunny spells and little cloud cover. Sunshine will be strong with risk of sunburn. A warm afternoon in sheltered areas. Light or moderate southeast winds.

Friday 29 May

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Dry with long sunny spells, feeling warm in sheltered valleys, and a pleasant afternoon over peaks. Risk of sunburn on exposed skin. Moderate or fresh southeasterly winds.

Saturday 30 May

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Dry with sunny spells and moderate to fresh southeast winds. A warm afternoon in sheltered areas.

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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.