Peak District and Yorkshire Dales Forecast
The Peak district and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and the area immediately between them.
Forecast last updated on Saturday 20th December 2014 at 12:08pm
Summary for all mountain areas
Widespread severe gales, rain and low cloud across upland Britain. Rain will rarely cease most western mountains, and be substantial western Scotland where runoff will be augmented by significant snowmelt.
Headline for Peak District and Yorkshire Dales
Severe upland gales; heavy rain and very low cloud.
How windy? (On the summits)
Westerly 50 to 65mph. Least wind Peak District.
Effect of wind on you?
Walking difficult from low levels up and any mobility arduous on higher areas. Severe wind chill.
Rain and drizzle, most persistent western dales in Yorkshire. The rain will gradually extend to western areas further south, but total rain amounting to very little during daylight in Peak District and eastern dales in Yorkshire.
Cloud on the hills?
Persistent; from many lower slopes upward
Shrouding many western hills above about 300m, perhaps lower in Ingleborough area. Eastern Yorks Dales and Peak District, cloud perhaps confined to highest tops in morning, but will tend to lower with patches above 350m by afternoon.
Chance of cloud free summits?
Less than 10% north of Saddleworth to 40% later 10% Peak District
Sunshine and air clarity?
Sunshine unlikely. Foggy on higher areas. Hazy at low levels.
Temperature (at 600m)
4 rising to 6 or 7C
And in the valleys
6 rising to 9 or 10C in afternoon.
All mountain areas of Britain from Monday 22nd December 2014
The outlook for the Christmas period remains complicated (to say the least) with forecasts from the models variation considerably. 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 following weekend, areas of snow and freezing levels dropping rapidly. However, forecasts now overwhelmingly resume often gale force westerly winds & frequent rain (or snow Scottish Highlands).