Mountain weather

Peak District

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Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High confidence for fine weather through Thursday, low confidence for timings of any outbreaks of rain on Friday and through the bank holiday weekend.

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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.

Mountain weather forecast

A fine and dry day with some warm sunshine.

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Additional weather information

Weather

The weather is likely to stay fine and dry through the day, with strong sunshine and high UV levels at times.

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

95%, with a small chance of some patchy cloud around during the early morning.

Visibility

Hazy conditions possible in the early morning, but clearing to leave excellent air clarity through the rest of the day, with all hills in sight seen in good detail.

Meteorologist's view

Sometimes breezier over exposed ridges, but otherwise a fine day for walking. UV levels will be high at times so be sure to protect yourself from the sun, and take plenty of water.

Recent rainfall

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

Weather

Another mainly fine and dry day, but a little cloudier than recently with a chance of catching a few showers through the day.

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

60% chance during the morning, although thick low cloud is likely below 500m. Cloud lifting into the afternoon, with 80% chance of cloud free hilltops.

Maximum wind speed expected

15-20mph top gusts on exposed ridges.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 5 Celsius around dawn, increasing to plus 10 Celsius in the afternoon.
  • Valley Plus 7 Celsius around dawn, increasing to plus 17 Celsius in the afternoon.
  • Freezing level Above the highest peaks throughout.

Visibility

Mainly good air clarity, although decreasing in any afternoon showers, with only neighbouring hills visible at times.

Mountain weather information

Saturday 25 May

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A mainly fine day is expected, with high UV levels, but with a chance of the odd shower. Rain and low cloud is expected later in the day.

Sunday 26 May

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Poor visibility expected through much of the day in rain and low cloud. Windier than recent days, with a small chance of gales over the most exposed ridges.

Monday 27 May

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Sometimes dry and bright, with chance of showers, and high UV levels likely. Fresh or strong winds.

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Summit specific forecast map

Summit specific forecasts for Peak District

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.