Peak District and Yorkshire Dales Forecast

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

Viewing Weather Forecast for Wednesday 4th March 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at 12:38pm

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Summary for all mountain areas

As a weak ridge of high pressure approaches from the west, strong to gale force winds on the mountains will ease, and snow showers become less frequent and mostly brief. Freezing level will rise slowly during the day.

Headline for Peak District and Yorkshire Dales

Wind easing slowly. Snow showers, mainly Peak District.

How windy? (On the summits)

Northwesterly 35 to 45mph, perhaps locally 50mph at first, easing slowly toward 30mph by late afternoon.

Effect of wind on you?

Difficult walking and severe wind chill on higher areas, particularly morning.

How Wet?

Snow showers, mainly Peak District

Generally a few snow and hail flurries. But, a band of frequent showers coming in off the Irish Sea may give frequent precipitation southern and western Peak District, and later in afternoon move to affect remainder of Peak District, hills north to Skipton and Bowland Forest.

Cloud on the hills?

Most hills frequently clear

Cloud often above the summits, although fragments on higher slopes near showers. But where shower are frequent, cloud widely forming at 350 to 450m over an for or two.

Chance of cloud free summits?

80%, but 60% Peak District

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of bright sunshine, most extensive eastern dales. Excellent visibility, but very poor near showers.

Temperature (at 600m)

Typically 0C, but rising slowly through the day.

And in the valleys

6C by early afternoon, but locally dropping to 3C around showers.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Thursday 5th March 2015

A change in weather pattern will bring extensive thaw to all mountain areas - although the higher Scottish Highlands will intermittently be below freezing point again early next week. Until this weekend, often strong winds, extensive low cloud focussed on western mountains, and also areas of rain and drizzle. A front may well drift slowly and erratically south across the W & NW Highlands this weekend, bringing considerable rainfall. Although there are differences between different model forecasts, next week is likely to be substantially dry, although it may be later in the week before these conditions extend to N Scotland.

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