Peak District and Yorkshire Dales Forecast

The Peak district and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and the area immediately between them.

Viewing Weather Forecast for Thursday 18th January 2018
Forecast last updated on Wednesday 17th January 2018 at 2:20pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A deep low will clear quickly eastwards in the morning - early storm force winds in England & Wales will ease. Then another day of cold westerly winds bringing snow or hail showers frequently to western mountains. Isolated thunder. Driest and brightest in eastern Scotland.

Headline for Peak District and Yorkshire Dales

Upland gales. Snow and hail showers, locally persistent.

How windy? (On the summits)

West to northwesterly; overnight risk 70-90mph, but stormy winds easing toward dawn. During daylight, starting around 50-60mph, easing toward 35-40mph by middle of day; gusty during showers.

Effect of wind on you?

Walking often difficult on higher areas, particularly morning. Sudden considerable buffeting near precipitation, even on lower slopes. Significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Overnight snow/rain, then snow & hail showers, most frequent west

Heavy snow overnight (rain lower slopes - making it very wet underfoot), may continue in some northern areas post-dawn, then fading during the morning. Clusters of heavy showers will follow from the west, locally frequent over several hours; snow or hail to increasingly low levels (rain only valleys). Isolated thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Intermittently clearing higher areas

Covering many hills in morning, but cloud base tending to lift and becoming more variable between showers. Often capping higher western tops, but breaks forming, best toward east.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30% morning; 60% afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Glimpses of sun, most frequent north of Sedburgh and eastern dales. Persistent haze.

Temperature (at 600m)

-1C Feeling like -15C where exposed to wind.

And in the valleys

Reaching 4 or 5C, but closer to freezing some valleys in Yorkshire, especially morning.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Friday 19th January 2018

Cold westerly winds will bring further clusters of snow or hail showers into western regions for the rest of the week. Fewer showers by Saturday as winds ease and pressure builds. However, a front which moves in from the south-west later Saturday into Sunday brings a risk of persistent snow in some areas, which may transition widely to rain as temperatures lift. A chance that across much of the Scottish Highlands, it remains as snow much of Sunday. Into next week, expect periods of rain or snow and possible gales, with cycles of freeze and thaw, although the Scottish Munros rarely above freezing point.

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