Mountain weather

Yorkshire Dales Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High confidence in overall weather but moderate in shower detail overnight and into tomorrow.

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This evening forecast

Remaining cloudy throughout this evening with a chance of a light shower early on.

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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

Variable cloud and scattered showers

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Weather
(at 600m)
Partly cloudy (night) Partly cloudy (night) Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Light shower (day) Light shower (day) Sunny intervals Sunny intervals
Chance of precipitation
(at 600m)
20% 20% 10% 20% 40% 30% 10% 10%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m NE
10
NE
9
NE
13
NE
12
N
10
N
11
NW
10
W
8
300m NE
5
N
6
NE
10
NE
9
N
7
N
9
NW
6
W
7
Valley NE
8
NE
5
NE
7
NE
6
N
7
N
5
NW
7
NW
4
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m 14 14 19 18 14 16 15 14
300m 14 17 18 16 13 16 12 14
Valley 18 14 14 14 14 11 14 10

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
300m
10°
11°
10°
Valley
10°
12°
13°
12°
Freezing Level
1,400m
1,200m
1,000m
1,000m
1,100m
1,200m
1,300m
1,300m

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
-1°
300m
Valley
10°
12°
11°

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

A mostly fine day but feeling cold, particularly in the morning, so warm layers are recommended. Strong sunshine is also possible in any prolonged sunny spells.

Weather

Cloudy with a change of light rain during the early hours. Some clear spells around dawn but quickly clouding over and feeling cold with a north-easterly breeze. Cloud will lift and break to allow some sunny spells during the morning, however the odd light shower will also start to develop. Early afternoon there is a low risk of isolated heavier showers, particularly towards the south, before it turns dry again into the evening with some sunny spells once again.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

80% early morning, increasing to >95% by mid-morning

Low cloud and visibility

Moderate to poor visibility on highest summits near dawn with cloud base around 600m, quickly improving to good as cloud lifts. Visibility deteriorating briefly to moderate in any afternoon showers.

Recent rainfall

Location: Malham
Altitude: 375m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
0mm0.2mm13.2mm
Measurement date:

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Patchy low cloud over summits at first, lifting in the morning but remaining cloudy throughout the day. Heavy showers developing by late morning, possibly with hail and thunder during the afternoon. Showers slowly fading away into the evening. A cool day again with a moderate westerly breeze.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

70% increasing to >95%

Maximum wind speed expected

West-southwesterly 12-15mph gusting 22mph

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 6 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 7 Celsius increasing to plus 12 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above summits.

Low cloud and visibility

Moderate to poor visibility at first with cloud base 500-600m. Poor visibility is possible in heavy showers throughout the day, otherwise generally good visibility outside of showers.

Mountain weather information

Tue 31 May

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Similar to Monday. A cloudy day with showers developing early on and a risk of hail or thunder. Freezing level above summits.

Wed 1 Jun

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A slightly warmer day with south-westerly winds and occasional sunny spells, however there remains a risk of afternoon showers. Freezing level about summits.

Thu 2 Jun

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A cloudy but mostly dry day with north-easterly winds. Freezing level above summits.

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Summit specific forecast

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The National Park lies within the county boundaries of historic Yorkshire with much of the landscape consisting of limestone country; lush green valleys known locally as 'dales' crested with white limestone cliffs known as 'scars'. Hidden beneath these hills and peaks is an underground world of caves and potholes with stalactites and stalagmites, cathedral sized chambers, underground rivers and waterfalls.

A gentler outlook awaits visitors in the Yorkshire Dales, compared to the much more imposing ranges of the Lake District. The tallest of the gentle rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales is Whernside, which reaches 736 metres. Known as the 'King of the Dales', Whernside may not be the tallest of mountains on offer in the UK, but still rewards those who make the journey with views that stretch for miles.

Walkers shouldn't be under the illusion that the Yorkshire Dales doesn't offer challenges for ardent mountain walkers. Instead, a 'Three Peaks Challenge', which takes in Whernside, Ingelborough and Pen-y-Ghent, sees walkers cover over 23 miles and almost 1,600 metres of ascent. The record for completing all three currently stands at around two and a half hours.