Peak District and Yorkshire Dales Forecast
The Peak district and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and the area immediately between them.
Forecast last updated on Sunday 21st December 2014 at 12:23pm
Summary for all mountain areas
Upland gales will continue to be widespread. Snow showers Scottish Highlands. Elsewhere, persistent low cloud and widespread rain, this concentrated western mountains where near north Irish Sea the rain often heavy or torrential.
Headline for Peak District and Yorkshire Dales
Severe upland gales; heavy rain - except Peak District where drizzly.
How windy? (On the summits)
Westerly 45 to 55mph.
Effect of wind on you?
Significant wind chill and difficult walking where exposed across higher areas.
Incessant rain Yorkshire Dales; patchy drizzle Peak District
North of the M62: Rain rarely if ever ceasing, especially north of Skipton where often heavy with stream levels rising, and in northwestern dales there may be flooding. Peak District: Drizzle intermittently, mainly western areas.
Cloud on the hills?
Extensive and very low
Blanket low cloud throughout the day, typical base 300 to 500m.
Chance of cloud free summits?
Less than 10%
Sunshine and air clarity?
No sunshine. Visibility often restricted by rain and widely foggy across the hills.
Temperature (at 600m)
And in the valleys
11 to 13C.
All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 23rd December 2014
The outlook for the Christmas period remains complicated (with into the weekend after Christmas up to 40mb pressure difference near the UK in the numerous model forecasts run by the four main centres). Until Christmas frequent upland gales, rain, or in Scotland intermittently snow falling to lower slopes. Then a transient high will give lighter winds Christmas Day and perhaps Boxing Day England and Wales. Then further upland gales, and more likely than not over the weekend, areas of snow and freezing levels dropping rapidly. Toward New Year, forecasts now overwhelmingly resume often gale force westerly winds & frequent rain (or snow Scottish Highlands).