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Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for settled theme over the weekend, low for gradual deterioration next week.

This evening forecast

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Some very thin high cloud persisting this evening, but feeling cold as temperatures fall quickly after dusk.

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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 bright day with long sunny spells in the afternoon.

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Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Feeling warm in sheltered spots but much cooler when exposed to the easterly breeze. UV levels are high and the thin cloud will offer little protection so sun protection is advised.

Weather

A cold, bright start with only very isolated frost patches that quickly clear. Dry with hazy sunshine throughout the day under a veil of thin high cloud, some sunnier spells during the afternoon.

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

100%

Visibility

Good visibility, distant hills looking hazy at times.

Recent rainfall

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

Weather

Variable cloud to start the day with frost patches in places. Becoming cloudier during the morning, mainly on eastern facing slopes, and feeling cooler than previous days. Some sunny spells are still possible at times in the afternoon. Staying dry.

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

60% in the morning, increasing to 80% in the afternoon.

Maximum wind speed expected

Easterly 15mph gusting 25mph

Temperature

  • At 600m Zero increasing to Plus 5 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 1 Celsius increasing to Plus 11 Celsius.
  • Freezing level 600m lifting above hill tops mid-morning.

Visibility

Generally good, poor in cloud on hill tops first thing

Mountain weather information

Monday 26 April

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A sunny start but becoming increasingly cloudy during the day. Some low cloud is possible over the hills in the evening with a risk of light rain by dawn. Freezing level above summits.

Tuesday 27 April

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A cloudy and showery day with a few brief sunny spells possible during the afternoon. Showers are likely to be heaviest in the morning, with poor visibilities over the hills. Strong northerly winds expected into the afternoon. Freezing level above summits.

Wednesday 28 April

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An overcast day with some light showers once again. Feeling colder than of late with a strong northerly wind. Frosts returning overnight. Freezing level just above the 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.