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
Tuesday 26th October 2021
Last updated Mon 25th Oct 21 at 4:05PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Widespread gales across the hills, severe on higher terrain, increasingly stormy. A period of rain associated with a warm front, leaving a legacy of drizzly rain and low cloud for many hills. In western Scotland, staying generally wet and heavier rain returns later.

Headline for Peak District

Gales or near-gales on tops. Some rain, mostly morning.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, marked increase of speed with height to 30 or 35mph, at times 40mph high tops.

Effect of the wind on you?

Very blustery even on modest hills, arduous walking conditions on higher terrain, suddenly gusty around edges. Considerable wind chill on tops.

How Wet?

Drizzly rain mainly morning and Lancs Pennines

Drizzly rain in the morning, little more than spots in the wind south & eastern Peak District. Some steadier rain in western areas for a few hours, most persistent on the Lancashire Pennines. Tending to break up by afternoon, patchy drizzle may linger some western hills.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly higher tops and in west

Low cloud banks on some slopes in the morning, mainly western areas, will generally lift to higher slopes or above. May linger on western side of Kinder/Bleaklow above 550-600m.

Chance of cloud free summits?

50%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy west, occasional sun toward east. Visibility good below cloud, mistier around rain in morning.

Temperature (at 600m)

6C rising to 10C, then little change onward into night. Where directly in the wind on tops, chill factor feels close to 0C.

And in the valleys

7C at dawn, rising toward 14C, then staying mild into the evening and night.

Viewing Forecast For

Peak District
Wednesday 27th October 2021
Last updated Mon 25th Oct 21 at 4:05PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southwesterly, rapid increase with height to 40mph on higher terrain, but in places over 50mph for periods.

Effect of the wind on you?

Arduous conditions across the hills, difficult on higher terrain with powerful gusts around exposed edges.

How Wet?

Rain mostly northern Peak & Lancs

Pulses of rain mostly areas north from Manchester, may set in over the Lancashire Pennines. Much of the Peak District NP may see little more than spots in the wind. Mainly dry south/east.

Cloud on the hills?

Often above many hills

Occasional banks of cloud above 500m, but most cloud often above the hills. Lowering across the Lancashire Pennines if rain becomes persistent.

Chance of cloud free summits?

60%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Generally cloudy, any sun weak due to high cloud. Visibility good, but slight haze, reducing around rain.

Temperature (at 600m)

11C

And in the valleys

Mild from dawn, 12C rising to 16C.

Viewing Forecast For

Peak District
Thursday 28th October 2021
Last updated Mon 25th Oct 21 at 4:05PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southerly, speeds likely to vary, risk 30-40mph for a time on tops, may drop to 15-20mph or less for a few hours.

Effect of the wind on you?

Varied, beware of arduous walking conditions for periods, but sometimes may ease considerably.

How Wet?

Rain likely, most persistent west

A slow-moving front is likely to lie just north of the Peak District. Rain fairly persistent for the western side of the Peak and further north up the Pennines. Heavy falls may set in for Lancashire.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive on tops in rain

Covering higher terrain for periods, extensively where rain sets in, below 500m in the west. The eastern side of the Peak District may see generally higher cloud, perhaps above many hills.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Generally overcast. Poor visibility in rain, better toward eastern moors.

Temperature (at 600m)

10C

And in the valleys

Little change night and day, around 12 to 14C.

Planning Outlook

Very wet across many mountains this week. Worst conditions focused on the Lakes and Wales by Wednesday-Thursday, where a slow-moving front brings prolonged heavy rainfall and a likelihood of flooding. Staying unsettled through into the weekend, often windy, periods of gale or severe gales continuing on the mountains. Above freezing through midweek, then becoming cooler. By the weekend into next week, colder conditions are expected to prevail, with higher Munros sub-zero for a run of days into the start of November. A marked lowering of freezing level is likely for a few days next week with showers of snow and hail on the hills at times.