Peak District and Yorkshire Dales Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Friday 23rd March 2018
Forecast last updated on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 3:51pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

A complex area of low pressure pulls away from Scotland, but leaves a legacy of snow and rain across the Highlands, breaking up into showers through the day. Locally frequent showers for northern England, but Wales should be largely dry. Winds varied, up to gale force for a few hours, focused on the Lakes/Pennines & Snowdonia in the morning.

Headline for Peak District and Yorkshire Dales

Patchy rain north; becoming dry many areas. Upland gales easing.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwest veering westerly through the morning, 35 to 45mph until about midday, then easing through afternoon toward 20-25mph, or less by dusk.

Effect of wind on you?

Widely arduous walking with frequent buffeting and significant wind chill in morning, but conditions improving during afternoon.

How Wet?

Patchy rain, mainly Yorks

Overnight rain may linger post-dawn, perhaps on and off for a few hours in the western Yorks Dales in the morning. Toward the Peak District, largely dry most of the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Most persistent western Yorks Dales; breaking elsewhere.

Covering many higher areas in the morning, focused on west, particularly Yorks Dales. Away from rain, most cloud lifting above the tops. Patches may come and go above 600m into afternoon western Yorks Dales.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30% western Yorks Dales; 70% elsewhere by mid-morning.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Some glimpses of sun breaking through, especially across eastern areas in the afternoon. Visibility poor some areas at first, but becoming very good away from rain.

Temperature (at 600m)

3C Feeling close to -12C where exposed to strongest wind in morning.

And in the valleys

6 to 8C, locally a degree or so higher eastern valleys by afternoon.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 24th March 2018

A cool westerly pattern this weekend, with temperatures sub-zero above 700-800m, and overnight frost in valleys. Scattered showers, focused on western Scotland, but plenty of dry and bright weather. Cloud breaking to many high tops and visibility excellent. A chilly breeze, although winds relatively light for many areas. Changeable next week, with frontal systems approaching from the Atlantic, but then a switch to colder northerly winds from midweek and toward Easter. The freezing level dropping widely, and very cold conditions are possible on many mountains. Further accumulating snowfalls are likely, although detail is uncertain.

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