Mountain weather

Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for transition toward more settled conditions into the weekend, with daytime temperatures slowly recovering, but with some further chilly starts expected.

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This evening forecast

Sharp showers fading to leave a fine and increasingly clear evening. Temperatures dipping in valleys to give a slight frost and icy patches locally.

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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 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.

hazard Severe Chill Effect
Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect. Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature. This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow. Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia.

Mountain weather forecast

Fine early and late, with a cloudier and windier intervening period with a few blustery showers, wintry on the tops.

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Weather
(at 600m)
Partly cloudy (night) Clear night Sunny day Sunny intervals Sleet shower (day) Sleet shower (day) Sunny intervals Clear night
Chance of precipitation
(at 600m)
20% 00% 10% 10% 30% 40% 20% 10%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m NW
16
NW
14
W
13
NW
19
NW
19
NW
17
N
12
N
11
300m NW
11
NW
12
NW
12
NW
16
NW
17
NW
16
N
7
N
8
Valley NW
7
NW
6
NW
7
NW
12
NW
13
NW
12
N
9
NE
6
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m 22 21 19 27 28 25 19 18
300m 18 19 20 25 27 25 13 14
Valley 18 15 15 23 26 24 17 16

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
-1°
300m
Valley
Freezing Level
600m
500m
400m
500m
700m
700m
800m
600m

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
-5°
-6°
-7°
-4°
-2°
-1°
-2°
-4°
300m
-1°
-2°
-3°
Valley
-2°

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

The UV index will be moderate, with low temperatures and windchill perhaps masking the effect of the strong sun.

Weather

Fine during the early hours with frost. Fine but chilly to start, with cloud-cover increasing and with the risk of a few showers developing through the middle of the day. Some of these may be on the sharp side and blustery, falling as sleet over the highest ground but otherwise of rain. Becoming drier, clearer and colder again to end the day as winds ease. The UV index will be moderate, with low temperatures and windchill perhaps masking the effect of the strong sun.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

90%

Low cloud and visibility

Very good prevailing visibiliy, with well-broken cloud clear of the tops. Notable drops in visibility expected over high ground in sleet showers.

Recent rainfall

Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
Altitude: 511m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
4.6mm22.5mm24.6mm
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Mountain weather information

Weather

Fine and frosty first thing, perhaps with shallow mist and fog in sheltered valleys. High cloud soon invading from the northwest on strengthening winds, with spells of rain eventually arriving during the afternoon, perhaps becoming heavy as cloud descends into the evening.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

90% falling 60% by the end of the day.

Maximum wind speed expected

Increasing southwesterly, later westerly 30mph.

Temperature

  • At 600m Zero becoming plus 4 Celsius.
  • Valley Minus 3 Celsius becoming plus 11.
  • Freezing level Sub-zero at first in valleys, else 600 metres and rising.

Low cloud and visibility

Cloud-free to start, later thickening and lowering to approach the highest ground by dusk. Very good visibility falling good, perhaps moderate in heavier rain later.

Mountain weather information

Fri 19 Apr

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Early cloud and rain clearing to sunny spells. Temperatures nearer normal for the season. Moderate to strong northwesterly winds easing. Freezing level clear of the summits throughout this three-day period.

Sat 20 Apr

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Most likely fine with some warm, if rather hazy sunshine after a chilly start with some mist and frost in shelter. Light northwesterly winds.

Sun 21 Apr

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A similar day to Saturday, if perhaps slightly cloudier. Light northwesterly winds.

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