Mountain weather

Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

Generally high for sunny spells and showers over the next couple days. Moderate for Thunderstorms Monday. Low for details toward mid-week.

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This evening forecast

Any showers soon clearing this evening. Bright with some late sunshine but remaining rather gusty.

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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 Gales
Gale force winds (gusts over 50mph) make walking difficult and strenuous with a potential to be blown over by gusts. There is often a marked increase in winds through cols or on exposed ridges and summits. Distances can take longer to cover and compass bearings become harder to follow accurately.

Mountain weather forecast

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Weather
(at 600m)
Clear night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Light shower (day) Light shower (day)
Chance of precipitation
(at 600m)
<05% <05% <05% <05% <05% 20% 40% 30%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m S
20
S
23
S
26
S
27
S
28
S
26
SW
23
S
21
300m S
17
S
18
S
21
S
23
S
23
SW
23
S
19
S
17
Valley S
10
SE
11
S
14
S
18
S
19
S
18
S
14
S
13
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m 30 32 35 38 40 37 33 29
300m 26 28 30 35 35 34 30 26
Valley 25 26 29 35 36 35 29 27

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
11°
13°
14°
12°
10°
300m
10°
10°
13°
16°
17°
14°
13°
Valley
10°
10°
11°
15°
18°
18°
15°
13°
Freezing Level
1,600m
1,600m
1,700m
1,700m
1,800m
1,900m
2,000m
2,000m

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
300m
11°
11°
11°
10°
Valley
11°
13°
13°
12°
11°

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Strong sunlight between patchy cloud may necessitate sun protection. Isolated gusts to 45mph possible.

Weather

A largely dry day with sunny intervals. A risk of isolated showers developing into the late afternoon and evening as it becomes increasingly cloudy. Windy with a chance of isolated gusts to gale force on peaks through the afternoon.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

80% initially, soon becoming 95%

Low cloud and visibility

Patchy cloud down to 600m initially, but cloud soon lifting above summits by mid morning. Very good visibility with clear views of distant hills, a chance of briefly moderate in any light showers later in the day

Recent rainfall

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

Weather

A cloudy start with bands of heavy showers moving east across the Peak District through the day. A chance of showers turning thundery. Showers and cloud clearing into the afternoon with some late sunshine. Breezy.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

40% becoming 80% by midday.

Maximum wind speed expected

Southwesterly 15 mph gusting 25 mph.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 8 Celsius becoming plus 11 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 10 Celsius becoming plus 17 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above summits.

Low cloud and visibility

Cloud down to 400-500m during the morning, this lifting by midday to above 600m.

Mountain weather information

Tue 28 Jun

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Bright but increasingly cloudy and windy, with outbreaks of rain tentatively moving east during the afternoon. Risk of gales over summits.

Wed 29 Jun

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Generally cloudy with low cloud, mist and drizzle breaking to sunny spells and showers. Less windy and warmer than Tuesday.

Thu 30 Jun

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A bright start with outbreaks of rain or showers. Becoming drier and brighter later in the day. A moderate southwesterly breeze.

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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.