A drystone wall leading up a hill in the Yorkshire Dales.
Mountain weather

Yorkshire Dales Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for mild, breezy and rather cloudy conditions through the coming days with outbreaks of rain. Lower confidence for the chance to cooler, clearer and drier conditions Sunday.

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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 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 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 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.

Mountain weather forecast

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain. Westerly winds easing a little

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Weather
(at 600m)
Sleet Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain
Chance of precipitation
(at 600m)
20% 30% 30% 30% 20% 20%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m W
31
W
29
W
27
W
27
W
26
W
25
300m W
17
W
16
W
17
W
17
W
17
W
16
Valley W
13
W
10
W
15
W
14
W
12
W
10
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m 40 38 36 37 36 34
300m 36 35 35 34 35 33
Valley 31 26 31 30 28 25

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
300m
Valley
Freezing Level
900m
1,000m
1,000m
1,100m
1,200m
1,200m

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
-5°
-4°
-4°
-3°
-3°
-2°
300m
Valley

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Isolated gusts of 40-50mph possible over ridges and summits, especially through the morning. Poor conditions expected at times, with rain or drizzle turning persistent in the west.

Weather

Cloudy for much of the day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, heavy and persistent at times across some western hills. Drier across eastern hills, but still a few outbreaks of rain.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

30% in the west 60% in the east.

Low cloud and visibility

Occasional cloud obscuring some hills above 500m. Otherwise visibility will be good when dry, but falling to several kilometres in rain and drizzle.

Recent rainfall

Location: Malham
Altitude: 375m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
8.6mm9.6mm12mm
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Rainfall data provided by the Environment Agency. The Met Office is not responsible for content provided by third parties and may remove this data without warning.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

A mostly cloudy day with occasional, mainly light rain and drizzle. Best of any brighter spells likely across more eastern hills.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

30%

Maximum wind speed expected

Westerly 20-25mph gusting 45mph.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 3 Celsius rising to Plus 6 Celsius
  • Valley Plus 6 Celsius rising to Plus 9 Celsius
  • Freezing level Above the summits

Low cloud and visibility

Periods of cloud obscuring hills above 500m, especially in the west with the odd patch down to 400m. Otherwise good visibility falling to several kilometres in rain and drizzle.

Mountain weather information

Fri 3 Feb

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Mostly cloudy with light rain and drizzle. Best of any brighter spells in the east. Fresh westerly winds. Freezing level above the summits.

Sat 4 Feb

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Cloudy with rain and drizzle, becoming more persistent for a time in the evening. Occasionally fresh westerly winds. Freezing level above summits.

Sun 5 Feb

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A dry and bright day with long sunny spells. Mainly light winds. Freezing level falling to 600m for a time.

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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.