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
Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Last updated Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 3:50 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Most mountains remain clear and sunny above an inversion, whilst low level cloud or fog will thin only slowly in some areas, focused toward the east, leaving low level haze. Very little wind overall. In south Wales, risk localised bursts of rain occurring.

Headline for Peak District

Little wind. Fog and low cloud tending to break; hazy.

How windy? (On the summits)

Direction varying, little wind; mostly 5mph or less. May become southerly 10mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Negligible.

How Wet?

Rain unlikely

Chance of local spots of rain moving from the south if cloud builds.

Cloud on the hills?

Widely foggy morning, gradually thinning

Fairly extensive banks of low cloud and fog from some valleys upwards in the morning. Will gradually thin and break, soonest in western areas. By afternoon, fog gradually clearing most areas whilst lingering locally on some slopes, mainly in east.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30% rising to 70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sunshine breaking through fog in some areas. Visibility suppressed in cloud and low level murk, tending to improve but staying hazy.

Temperature (at 600m)

6C. Then dropping below 0C from northeast overnight.

And in the valleys

Close to 0C at dawn in the valleys, then lifting to 8 to 10C; suppressed where fog lingers.

Viewing Forecast For

Peak District
Thursday 4th March 2021
Last updated Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 3:50 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Northeasterly 15 to 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small effect on walking, but may become increasingly blustery, with marked wind chill developing on higher terrain.

How Wet?

Local showers may develop

Increasing risk of a few showers spreading in from the northeast, turning to snow flurries on higher slopes above 400-500m later in the day.

Cloud on the hills?

Covering higher tops for periods

May vary: from dawn, banks of cloud at various levels over the hills, with some breaks mostly toward west. Through the day, cloud covering higher slopes at times, mostly above 600m. At times may clear, particularly western areas.

Chance of cloud free summits?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patches of sun, best toward west. Visibility very good.

Temperature (at 600m)

1C, but likely falling to -1C from east through daytime.

And in the valleys

Slight frost possible at dawn. Max 7C; soon falling to freezing point into evening.

Viewing Forecast For

Peak District
Friday 5th March 2021
Last updated Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 3:50 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Easterly 15 to 20mph, but may drop out through the day.

Effect of the wind on you?

Fairly small, but a distinct chill in exposure for at least part of the day.

How Wet?

Precipitation unlikely

Small chance of an isolated brief shower or snow flurry moving onto eastern moors.

Cloud on the hills?

Little if any

Most cloud above the hills. Briefly patches may cap highest terrain in morning.

Chance of cloud free summits?

80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Patchwork of sun, most frequent sun toward west. Excellent visibility.

Temperature (at 600m)

-3C, rising slowly to -1C.

And in the valleys

Frost into most valleys at dawn; rising to 6 to 8C by afternoon, highest in west.

Planning Outlook

High pressure will dominate through to the weekend and substantially dry conditions prevail. Much colder air arrives from the north for a few days - dropping several degrees below freezing on higher mountains. Also notably harder frosts in most glens and valleys late this week. Gradual changes are likely over the weekend, becoming generally unsettled next week as westerly winds return, with precipitation then becoming frequent again. Temperatures are likely to vary next week, but perhaps often chilly with some upland snowfalls likely; periods of gales returning.