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Mountain weather

Yorkshire Dales Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

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

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This evening forecast

Variable cloud with some clear spells Saturday evening and a chance of a blustery shower or two. 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 Heavy Persistent Rain
Heavy and persistent rain can lead to drenched clothing and footwear with waterproofs often becoming soaked through, especially if accompanied by strong winds. This can lead to significant loss of body heat and an increased likelihood of hypothermia. Terrain may turn increasingly boggy underfoot while streams can flood and become impassable. There may also be a risk of flooding in valleys or glens. If there is snow cover, a heightened avalanche hazard is possible and avalanche reports should be consulted where available.

Mountain weather forecast

A bright day with passing, blustery showers. Chance of lightning and hail increasing through Sunday.

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Weather
(at 600m)
Light shower (night) Partly cloudy (night) Cloudy Light shower (day) Light shower (day) Light shower (day) Heavy shower (day) Hail shower (night)
Chance of precipitation
(at 600m)
30% 20% 20% 30% 40% 80% 90% 80%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m W
26
W
24
W
17
SW
19
SW
22
SW
23
SW
25
SW
26
300m W
17
W
15
W
9
W
13
SW
17
SW
17
SW
17
SW
17
Valley W
13
W
10
SW
5
W
12
SW
14
SW
15
SW
15
SW
16
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m 38 35 25 27 33 34 37 39
300m 37 33 20 24 32 33 33 35
Valley 31 26 15 23 28 30 32 34

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
300m
Valley
Freezing Level
800m
900m
800m
900m
900m
900m
1,100m
1,200m

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
-4°
-4°
-4°
-2°
-1°
-2°
-3°
-3°
300m
Valley

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Strong winds will make wind-chill more marked by the evening period. Chance of gales, mainly across summits.

Weather

Variable cloud with passing, blustery showers and clear spells in early hours of Sunday morning, giving way to a cool start to Sunday with some brief brighter spells. Showers set to become more frequent through the afternoon and evening, with some becoming heavy giving a risk of hail and 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 to broken bases around 650m becoming occasionally broken to overcast bases around 350m by evening, with good morning visibility becoming moderate by evening, with occasionally poor or very poor visibility across summits by this time.

Recent rainfall

Location: Malham
Altitude: 375m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
1mm5.4mm9.4mm
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Mountain weather information

Weather

Unsettled, with blustery and heavy showers perhaps merging to longer spells of rain, especially in the early hours of Monday. Chance of hail and thunder for a time before most likely generally easing and brightening later. Some sleet or snow likely across summits. Strong perhaps gales strength west becoming northwesterly winds. 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 45-50mph across summits and near ridges.

Temperature

  • At 600m Zero degrees Celsius becoming Plus 3 degrees Celsius in afternoon.
  • Valley Plus 3 degrees Celsius becoming Plus 8 degrees Celsius in afternoon.
  • Freezing level Near summits.

Low cloud and visibility

Broken to overcast bases around 300m in showers, otherwise scattered to broken bases 500m. 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 with gusts to 30mph.

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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