Peak District and Yorkshire Dales Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at 12:38pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Severe conditions particularly across the western Scottish mountains; upland gales strengthening toward storm force, snow and hail almost constant over several hours. Elsewhere, snow showers, most frequent toward west. Risk occasional lightning.

Headline for Peak District and Yorkshire Dales

Strengthening upland gales. Snow and hail showers.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly, 30 to 35mph in the morning, increasing toward 45 or locally 50mph in north Yorkshire by afternoon, risk gusts toward 60mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting across the hills; walking increasingly difficult. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow and hail showers; risk lightning

Snow and hail showers, sometimes frequent over a few hours, particularly north from Saddleworth Moor. Risk thunder and temporary whiteout.

Cloud on the hills?

Intermittently covering tops

Most cloud often above the hills, especially eastern Dales and Peak Dist; the base varied between showers, occasionally dropping below 600m, particularly toward west.

Chance of cloud free summits?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Bright sunshine in and out, mostly toward the east. The air remaining very clear, but visibility suddenly appalling in cloud and snow.

Temperature (at 600m)


And in the valleys

Highs reaching 5C, but dropping to 2 or 3C as showers move through.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 4th March 2015

Remaining cold on Wednesday with further snow and hail showers, although conditions easing. By Thursday, rain and snow on higher areas, particularly western Scotland. A rise in freezing level will result in a steady thaw of lying snow, most substantial lower slopes. Toward the weekend, high pressure building across southern Britain brings widespread milder air. However upland gales are expected across Scotland, and substantial precipitation (mostly rain) particularly the West Highlands; resulting in significant snow melt.

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