Mountain weather

Peak District

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Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for somewhat unsettled, medium for the best of the weather expected Thursday, but lowering confidence in the detail of worst of the weather as the week progresses.

This evening forecast

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Occasional patchy rain initially, then erratically turning drier from the south towards midnight. Strong summit winds. Freezing level above summits.

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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 Thunderstorms
Lightning is a significant mountain hazard which can result in serious injury or death. Mountain terrain often leaves one highly exposed to lightning strikes. Hail may give unpleasant conditions with torrential rain and localised flash flooding also possible, mainly in Summer months.

Mountain weather forecast

Sunshine and showers by day.

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Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Data looks reasonable.

Weather

Band of occasionally heavy rain crossing from the west overnight, clearing to showers towards dawn. Sunshine and a few isolated showers through the morning and afternoon. Building showers or longer periods of rain spreading from the south through the evening, bringing a risk of hail and thunder.

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

80% by day, becoming 25% for the evening as bases become extensive from 450-700m with patches lower down across western ranges.

Visibility

Good falling moderate or poor in rain or showers, and very poor in hill fog.

Recent rainfall

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

Weather

Sunshine and showers with outbreaks occasional through the morning, becoming isolated through the afternoon as sunshine increases.

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

75% during the morning becoming 90% for the afternoon as the showers dwindle.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwest 15-20mph

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 7-9 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 7 Celsius increasing 16 Celsius during the afternoon
  • Freezing level Above summits

Visibility

Good becoming moderate in showers.

Mountain weather information

Thursday 22 October

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Mainly dry with only a few isolated light showers cropping up. Freezing level above summits.

Friday 23 October

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Active band of rain crossing from the west, clearing to sunshine and showers later. Freezing level above summits.

Saturday 24 October

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Rather cloudy with showers or longer periods of rain. Strong summit winds. Freezing level above summits.

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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.