Peak District

The southernmost Pennines, covering the entire Peak District National Park, also extending north to hills accessed from Hebden Bridge, and including the hills immediately north of Manchester.

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Viewing Forecast For

Peak District
Saturday 29th February 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

Summary for all mountain areas

A complex weather situation. An early zone of rain and upland snow clears away eastwards, with cloud breaking widely. Then another area of heavy snow spreads in from the west into the afternoon. Wind speeds varied; least windy northern Scotland, but increasingly stormy across hills of England & Wales.

Headline for Peak District

Upland gales later severe. Dry for a time; snow & hail, may set in.

How windy? (On the summits)

Direction varied at first, soon mostly southwesterly; 30 to 40mph, perhaps brief lulls morning. Then abruptly strengthening mid afternoon to 50-60mph, strongest winds toward dusk.

Effect of the wind on you?

Generally arduous conditions on the hills. Beware of changing conditions during afternoon later making any mobility difficult plus severe wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow showers, may become persistent northern Peak.

Overnight snow & rain will clear east around dawn, leaving occasional snow showers. Abruptly snow setting in for a couple of hours late afternoon, heaviest northern Peak & north of M62. Perhaps briefly hail and chance isolated thunder. Rain only valleys. Very wet underfoot lower slopes; streams in spate or flood.

Cloud on the hills?

Hills frequently cloud free

Patches on higher slopes post dawn will clear, returning only late in day.

Chance of cloud free summits?

80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun and good visibility, clouding up from west again afternoon.

Temperature (at 600m)

-1C; briefly a few degrees higher just at or before dawn. Where exposed to strongest winds, later feeling close to -15C on high tops.

And in the valleys

Around 5C; will have been a few degrees higher up to dawn.

Viewing Forecast For

Peak District
Sunday 1st March 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

How windy? (On the summits)

West or southwesterly 30 to 50mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Difficult conditions for walking; significant wind chill.

How Wet?

Snow showers

Snow and hail showers mainly late morning onwards, although perhaps throughout the day near and north of the M62.

Cloud on the hills?

Often above the hills

Patches of cloud above 400 to 500m near precipitation, lowest near or north of M62, but the summits often cloud free.

Chance of cloud free summits?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Intermittent sunshine and very good or excellent visibility - although temporarily very poor visibility in snow.

Temperature (at 600m)

0C

And in the valleys

Max 5C, but dropping to 3C if precipitation becomes frequent.

Viewing Forecast For

Peak District
Monday 2nd March 2020
Last updated Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:34 AM

How windy? (On the summits)

Westerly, speeds varied (detail uncertain), short lived lulls, but often 20-30mph, risk at times 40mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Blustery much of the day on higher terrain, notable wind chill; conditions may vary through the day.

How Wet?

Showers, snow on hills

A few showers spreading from west, snow or hail flurries on the hills, mostly rain lower slopes. Locally may be frequent for a few hours, but mostly well scattered.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly above hills

Cloud bases varied depending on extent of precipitation. Often above 600m, but patches briefly below 500m around showers.

Chance of cloud free summits?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun, most common eastern moors. Visibility often very good, but reduced briefly around showers.

Temperature (at 600m)

0C

And in the valleys

2C rising to 6C.

Planning Outlook

Remaining cold into the start of March, with westerly winds generally prevailing. Scottish mountains staying sub-zero much of the time, whilst England & Wales will see periods of freeze and thaw, and snow more often confined to higher slopes. Precipitation remaining focused on western mountains. Lower terrain staying very wet underfoot. Wind speeds varied, occasional lulls, but also gales at times. Some indications of higher pressure into the second week of March.