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Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines Forecast

Yorkshire Dales & North Pennines

The entire Yorkshire Dales National Park and North Pennines AONB, including the Three Peaks and Cross Fell, plus Howgills, also south to Forest of Bowland.

Today's Forecast

Windy, walking impeded
Fine, partly cloudy winter day
Cold

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Viewing Forecast For

Yorkshire Dales & North Pennines
Monday 4th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Fine with sunshine for north and western Scotland, some banks of cloud toward the central & southeast Highlands. Southeasterly winds will strengthen, upland gales developing, becoming severe for Welsh mountains. Rain moves into Wales from the southwest.

Headline for Yorkshire Dales & North Pennines

Dry until night. Sun and cloud. Windy, increasingly gusty.

How windy? (On the summits)

Southeasterly - speeds gradually increasing during day 25 to 40mph, risk later 50mph over higher tops, gusty in the west.

Effect of the wind on you?

Increasingly blustery, buffeting gusts developing on some western slopes. Later more arduous, wind chill significant.

How Wet?

Dry most or all day

Risk of patchy rain moving in from the south later in day, snow only high tops; most likely from dusk into evening.

Cloud on the hills?

Mostly very little

Possible patches of cloud briefly around some hill slopes, but most areas often clear.

Chance of cloud free summits?

80%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Sunshine and broken cloud, giving way as high cloud builds. Visibility very good.

How Cold? (at 700m)

0C rising to 1 or 2C afternoon. If exposed to stronger winds, chill factor feeling like -12C on high tops.

And in the valleys

Frost in valleys from dawn. Max 4 to 6C.

Viewing Forecast For

Yorkshire Dales & North Pennines
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southerly, 15 to 25mph, but likely stronger prior to dawn, over 40mph high tops.

Effect of the wind on you?

Soon improving to become fairly small, but expect marked chill on higher slopes.

How Wet?

Drizzly rain

Light rain and drizzle, amounts generally small. Sleet confined to higher northern Pennines, turning generally damp to tops. Fizzling out gradually.

Cloud on the hills?

Fairly extensive

Covering many fells in the morning, varied cloud bases, highest toward north Pennines. Bases may rise with time, breaks mainly toward west.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly overcast, a little sun through high cloud. Visibility poor, may gradually improve.

How Cold? (at 700m)

0C rising to 2C. Wind chill -7C on high tops.

And in the valleys

2C from dawn, rising to 5 to 7C.

Viewing Forecast For

Yorkshire Dales & North Pennines
Wednesday 6th March 2024
Last updated Sun 3rd Mar 24 at 4:30PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Southeasterly, 20mph, up to 30mph on higher North Pennines, locally gusty downslope to the west.

Effect of the wind on you?

Varied, some slopes fairly small, but blustery around exposed higher terrain, sudden gusts toward the west.

How Wet?

Drizzly showers

Drizzle on and off, locally often damp for a few hours, risk of an odd light shower of rain, but total rainfall small; least toward Vale of Eden.

Cloud on the hills?

Most persistent east, breaks west

Low cloud may cover higher Pennines much of the day, especially eastern areas. Mostly above 600-700m in western areas, with some breaks forming.

Chance of cloud free summits?

30%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy, hazy or misty in east. Some brighter skies western dales, visibility good below cloud.

How Cold? (at 700m)

1 or 2C. If exposed to wind, chill factor feeling like -5 to -8C.

And in the valleys

Patchy frost in valleys at first. Max 6 to 8C.

Planning Outlook

High pressure over Scandinavia expands to the north of Scotland during the week ahead, whilst areas of low pressure circulate southwest of the British Isles. East or southeasterly winds are likely to prevail over the next couple of weeks, chillier air drawn in at times. Easterly upland gales possible late this week into the weekend. Recent fresh snow coverage will remain across many mountains this week - staying near or below freezing point over higher terrain. Milder air reaching Wales into midweek. Further snow flurries mostly for the eastern Highlands. Western Scotland likely to see an extended period with little precipitation. Possibly widely drier into mid-March under higher pressure.