Mountain weather

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Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for unsettled theme, low for detail on Thursday and Friday.

This evening forecast

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Showers easing this evening, mainly clear overnight.

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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 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

Cloudy with showers, clear later.

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Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

A cool and cloudy morning with heavy showers impacting visibility at times. Conditions improving significantly during the afternoon with clear skies and good visibility, but high UV levels are expected so sun protection is advised.

Weather

Patchy low cloud with mist and fog over summits first thing, lifting and breaking after dawn. Blustery showers developing quickly during the morning, possibly heavy at times with a very low risk of thunder. During the afternoon showers will clear away to the east, with cloud gradually dissipating to leave a bright evening. Clear skies continuing overnight.

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

30% quickly increasing to 80%. 100% from mid-afternoon.

Visibility

Poor to start in fog and cloud base 300-500m. Generally good throughout the day but sharp deteriorations likely in showers.

Recent rainfall

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

Weather

A dry and bright start with cloud and rain rapidly moving in from the west during the morning. The rain will be fairly persistent throughout the day with poor visibility expected and cloud occasionally lowering to the summits. Strong southerly winds are expected during the afternoon, but possibly easing for a short time overnight.

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

90% deteriorating to 30% in the morning.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southerly 25 mph gusting 45 mph.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 4 Celsius becoming Plus 7 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 4 Celsius becoming Plus 8 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above summits.

Visibility

Good at first, quickly becoming poor during the morning with only brief improvements during the day.

Mountain weather information

Friday 21 May

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Strong winds and spells of heavy rain continue throughout the day. Widespread poor visibility across the mountains with low cloud and heavy rain, improving overnight as the inclement weather clears to the south. Freezing level above summits.

Saturday 22 May

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A dry and bright start, feeling cooler than previous days with a light northerly breeze. Light showers possible during the day but plenty of sunny spells as well. Freezing level just above summits.

Sunday 23 May

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Similar conditions to Saturday with a mixture of sunny spells and isolated showers. Still feeling cool with a light northerly wind. Freezing level just 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.