Mountain weather

Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for colder and windier weather next few days with heavy showers.

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This evening forecast

A cloudy start with some showers and rain soon clearing southeastwards. Feeling colder with strong winds. Risk of gales across summits.

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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 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.
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.

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.
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 passing, blustery showers. Chance of lightning increasing through Sunday.

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Weather
(at 600m)
Partly cloudy (night) Light shower (night) Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Light shower (day) Light shower (day) Heavy shower (night)
Chance of precipitation
(at 600m)
30% 10% 10% 20% 20% 60% 50% 70%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m W
30
W
21
SW
16
W
17
W
20
W
21
SW
24
SW
26
300m W
20
W
16
SW
13
W
13
W
16
W
16
SW
17
SW
20
Valley W
14
W
10
SW
8
W
10
W
13
W
13
SW
11
SW
13
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m 40 28 21 23 28 29 32 37
300m 30 24 19 19 23 24 25 30
Valley 30 23 17 19 24 25 24 28

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
300m
Valley
Freezing Level
900m
900m
900m
900m
900m
1,000m
1,000m
1,200m

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
-4°
-4°
-4°
-2°
-2°
-3°
300m
Valley

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Strong winds will make wind-chill more marked by the evening period.

Weather

Mostly dry with clear spells in early hours of Sunday morning, giving way to a cool start to the day with some brief bright or sunny spells. Isolated showers will become more frequent through the afternoon and evening, with some heavy later giving a risk of lightning.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

50% becoming 80% by mid-morning on Sunday, reducing to 20% or less through afternoon and into the evening as showers turn more frequent with lowering cloud at times.

Low cloud and visibility

Scattered bases around 700m becoming occasionally broken around 350m by evening, with good or very good morning visibility becoming moderate by evening, with occasionally very poor visibility across summits by this time.

Recent rainfall

Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
Altitude: 511m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
1.4mm2.5mm4.5mm
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Mountain weather information

Weather

Unsettled, with blustery passing showers perhaps merging to longer spells of rain, especially earlier in the day. Chance of hail and thunder for a time before most likely generally easing and brightening later. Some sleet or snow likely across highest summits. Strong west becoming northwesterly winds, perhaps gale. Significant wind chill developing.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

60% becoming 30% during showers.

Maximum wind speed expected

West or NW with gusts reaching 50mph across summits and near ridges.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 1 degrees Celsius becoming Plus 4 degrees Celsius in afternoon.
  • Valley Plus 4 degrees Celsius becoming Plus 9 degrees Celsius in afternoon.
  • Freezing level Near highest summits.

Low cloud and visibility

Broken to overcast bases around 350m in showers, otherwise scattered bases 600m. Visibility moderate to poor in showers and very poor in snow across summits, otherwise mostly good visibility prevailing.

Mountain weather information

Tue 16 Apr

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Bright and breezy with sunny spells and a few further showers, with these of snow over the highest ground. Showers lighter and less frequent than Monday Strong northwesterly winds.

Wed 17 Apr

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A cloudier and damper end to the day with increasing risk of some rain and drizzle. Winds mainly west of northwest. Cloud likely to be covering summits by evening.

Thu 18 Apr

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Overnight rain and low cloud clearing to a brighter day with some light showers and moderate northwest winds. Remaining rather cold.

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Summit specific forecast

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