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 31st March 2015
Forecast last updated on Tuesday 31st March 2015 at 4:21pm

Summary for all mountain areas

Severe upland gales will produce significant wind chill and widely difficult walking conditions. Snow and hail showers for all regions, most frequent across western mountains, giving whiteout; risk of thunder and lightning.

Headline for Peak District and Yorkshire Dales

Severe upland gales. Snow and hail showers; isolated lightning.

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly 45 to 55mph, occasionally nearer 60mph, particularly north Yorkshire, gusts toward 70mph.

Effect of wind on you?

Considerable buffeting from lower slopes up; general mobility difficult on higher areas. Severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow and hail showers; risk lightning

Snow and hail showers across the region, often falling to valley level; may cluster together, becoming frequent over an hour or two, particularly south of Skipton & Peak District. Temporary whiteout. Isolated thunder.

Cloud on the hills?

Intermittently covering tops

Rapidly varying cloud base; cloud often above the hills, giving frequent views from higher summits, but shafts of cloud above 500m near showers.

Chance of cloud free summits?


Sunshine and air clarity?

Bursts of sunshine. The air very clear - but visibility suddenly poor in snow and appalling where also in cloud.

Temperature (at 600m)

Dropping from 2C to -1C; feeling as cold as minus 18 Celsius where directly exposed to strongest wind.

And in the valleys

6 to 8C only; if anything colder in the afternoon.

Planning Outlook

All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 1st April 2015

Wednesday will continue to see upland gales and frequent snow showers, although by Thursday conditions ease, particularly for Scotland, with lighter winds and fewer showers. Toward Easter weekend, a building area of high pressure brings the prospect of quieter but still cold conditions, although there are uncertainties by Monday. For the rest of this week, and also the Easter weekend, many upland areas, particularly the Scottish Highlands will remain in 'winter' condition, with frozen or part frozen terrain and recent snow on higher areas, which will melt only slowly.

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