Mountain weather

Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High confidence for a cloudy start to the weekend with some rain and drizzle but exact amounts of cloud are hard to determine, high confidence for a more settled outlook towards the beginning of next week with high pressure building from the south.

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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 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

Remaining windy and cloudy with the chance of light rain or drizzle at times.

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Weather
(at 600m)
Fog Light rain Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Chance of precipitation
(at 600m)
40% 40% 40% 40% 20% 20%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m W
26
W
27
W
23
W
19
W
17
W
13
300m W
18
W
17
W
18
W
14
W
11
SW
9
Valley W
12
W
12
W
11
W
10
W
8
SW
5
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m 32 35 30 26 24 18
300m 25 25 25 21 18 16
Valley 26 25 24 21 19 14

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
300m
Valley
Freezing Level
1,600m
2,000m
2,000m
1,700m
1,300m
1,300m

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
300m
Valley

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Westerly winds will ease during the afternoon but winds remaining strong. Feeling cold on the summits with low cloud and drizzle, despite freezing levels above all summits. Due to a technical error the wind/temperature details can currently only be viewed in the printable pdf version of this forecast, which can be found to the top right of this page.

Weather

A dull morning with overcast cloud cover and the chance of light rain or drizzle especially around northern uplands, best chance of a few periods of brighter conditions is over to the south towards Matlock. Any drizzle will die out in the early afternoon and cloud bases lifting but still not that bright by mid afternoon. A dry evening with the chance of some clear spells but some mist and fog patches are a possibility.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

30%, more chance in the southern Peak District, improving to 60% by late afternoon, low cloud lingering in the north.

Low cloud and visibility

Broken low cloud layers above 400m in the morning, dull and hazy at low levels too. Cloud will begin to lift and break from the west around late morning but scattered low cloud above 500m lingering through the afternoon and evening especially in the north. Visibility will improve during the afternoon but far reaching views are unlikely on Friday.

Recent rainfall

Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
Altitude: 511m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
0.8mm2.4mm8mm
Measurement date:

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

Cloudy with some mist and fog patches early in the day. A dry day but rain spreading south during the evening, cloud clearing later in the evening and feeling fresher.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

60%, improving 90% later during the evening.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwesterly 15-20mph veering northwesterly later in the evening.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 4 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 8 - 9 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the summits falling to 800m later in the evening.

Low cloud and visibility

During the morning patchy or scattered cloud will shroud the hills at times with layers of cloud above 500m, the clearest tops will be south of Kinder Scout. Visibility will be good below the cloud but a little hazy at times. Later cloud will thicken and lower as rain spreads south and visibility will be poor for a time during the rain. By late evening visibility will improve and cloud begin to clear.

Mountain weather information

Sun 5 Feb

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A dry and bright day with some sunny spells after a frosty start, feeling quite cool out on the hills but very good visibility. Light winds.

Mon 6 Feb

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A dry start with some sunny spells developing, light winds expected, still a chilly feel out on the hills.

Tue 7 Feb

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Cloudy but mainly dry, some brighter conditions too, mostly light winds.

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Summit specific forecast

Mountain summit forecast map

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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.