Mountain weather

Yorkshire Dales

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Yorkshire Dales Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for a lot of dry weather but with low cloud often shrouding the hills. The height and extent of this low cloud will be the main forecasting challenge this week.

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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.

Mountain weather forecast

Low cloud but mainly dry. Some brightness in east. Light winds.

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Additional weather information

Weather

Dull conditions with extensive low cloud across most of the Dales, especially in the west, giving a little light drizzle at times. Best chance of bright intervals will be in the east, particularly lower slopes in the far east of the National Park. The highest ground may stand clear of the extensive cloud early on, but this should be enveloped later.

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

Mainly nil in west to 60% in east. Extensive cloud from low slopes upwards in the west, lifting onto high slopes and breaking off summits at times across the east, especially far east.

Visibility

Often very poor in extensive low cloud but clearer breaks at times in the east. Generally hazy below the cloud base with near to middle distant hills appearing faint.

Meteorologist's view

Challenging navigation conditions at most elevations due to extensive low cloud, especially across the west of the National Park.

Recent rainfall

Location: Malham
Altitude: 375m
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Mountain weather information

Weather

Cloudy and misty morning with the odd spot of light rain or drizzle. Staying mostly cloudy in the afternoon but some brightness coming through, more especially across the far east of the Park.

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

Mainly nil in the morning, becoming 60% in afternoon. Extensive cloud down to low slopes in morning, lifting onto high slopes in afternoon with some summits clearing, mainly east.

Maximum wind speed expected

West or Northwest 15-20mph easing to 10-15mph in afternoon.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 4 or 5 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 2 or 3 rising to 9 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above summits.

Visibility

Often poor at height, especially during the morning, with extensive low cloud. Generally hazy conditions under the cloud but improving through the afternoon, especially in east.

Mountain weather information

Thursday 23 January

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Another cloudy day with extensive hill fog, but some brighter interludes in the east. Mainly dry except for some patchy light drizzle. Light west or southwesterly winds. Freezing level above summits.

Friday 24 January

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Mainly cloudy with patchy rain, perhaps a little brightness in the east. Feeling cold on the tops with a fresh westerly breeze.

Saturday 25 January

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Cloudy but dry morning then rain becoming persistent in the afternoon. Southerly winds becoming strong or gale force with severe wind chill on the tops.

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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.