Peak District and Yorkshire Dales Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Monday 30th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Sunday 29th March 2015 at 8:28pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread upland gales, briefly easing a little. With the likely exception of northern Scotland, rapidly deteriorating - becoming stormy by mid or late afternoon onward; heavy snow setting in, but turning to rain from Southern Uplands southwards.

Headline for Peak District and Yorkshire Dales

Upland gales, briefly easing, stormy later. Rain (brief snow) setting in.

How windy? (On the summits)

West or southwesterly. Speeds changing, 25 to 40mph for several hours, least wind around midday, but by mid-late afternoon, rapidly strengthening toward 45 to 60mph; risk gusts 75mph late in day.

Effect of wind on you?

Expect very difficult walking conditions most of the day, particularly later afternoon, when mobility difficult & wind chill severe.

How Wet?

Snow then rain afternoon

Substantially dry morning. However, a sudden deterioration likely around or soon after midday, with snow (higher tops) turning to rain afternoon, heaviest west, setting in for rest of the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive afternoon

Peak District south of Saddleworth: hills often cloud free, but will lower toward 350m in rain during afternoon. Saddleworth north to Yorkshire Dales NP: Breaks to 550 to perhaps 750m. But will deteriorate to 300 to 450m into afternoon.

Chance of cloud free summits?

60% morning; less than 10% afternoon.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine, mainly Peak District, will soon give way as cloud thickens. A haze, and in snow and cloud appalling or near zero visibility.

Temperature (at 600m)

0 or 1C, will rise to 4 to 6C later afternoon. Feeling as cold as minus 15C directly in the wind.

And in the valleys

Will reach 9 to 11C, highest eastern valleys in afternoon, mainly Peak District.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Tuesday 31st March 2015

Expect cold and showery weather for all mountain regions during both Tuesday and Wednesday, precipitation most frequent over western mountains, snow falling to lower slopes, with freezing level typically 500 to 700m, highest Wales. Widespread upland gales will also continue until mid-week. There is now moderate confidence of much 'quieter' weather as pressure builds over Easter. It may remain cold, but substantially dry and winds frequently light.

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