Mountain weather

Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High confidence for an overall unsettled spell of weather next week. Moderate confidence in the timing of the system arriving from the south later on Monday.

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This evening forecast

Cloudy with outbreaks of patchy light rain and drizzle early evening, gradually easing. Becoming largely dry with some clear spells developing after dark. Breezy on the summits.

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Mountain hazards

Mountain weather hazards

Hazards apply at or above 300m, reflecting the more severe conditions which can occur at altitude.

hazard Strong Sunlight
Harmful UV levels from sunlight increase with altitude giving a greater risk of sunburn and eye damage, even on some overcast days. On breezy days, the cooling effect of wind on exposed skin may disguise any feeling of sunburn until it is too late. If there is snow cover, glare increases the effect of UV rays especially on the eyes. It is advisable to wear sun block, protective clothing such as a long-sleeved top and hat and have good quality eye protection.

hazard Poor Visibility
Poor visibility presents challenging route finding conditions. Visibility could be significantly less than 50 metres in all directions with few or no visual references, especially on featureless moors or plateaux. Distances become hard to judge and cliff or cornice edges can be difficult to recognise. These conditions require good navigational skills. There is a risk of white-out conditions when mist or fog is combined with extensive snow cover.
hazard Thunderstorms
Lightning is a significant mountain hazard which can result in serious injury or death. Mountain terrain often leaves one highly exposed to lightning strikes. Hail may give unpleasant conditions with torrential rain and localised flash flooding also possible, mainly in Summer months.
hazard Heavy Persistent Rain
Heavy and persistent rain can lead to drenched clothing and footwear with waterproofs often becoming soaked through, especially if accompanied by strong winds. This can lead to significant loss of body heat and an increased likelihood of hypothermia. Terrain may turn increasingly boggy underfoot while streams can flood and become impassable. There may also be a risk of flooding in valleys or glens. If there is snow cover, a heightened avalanche hazard is possible and avalanche reports should be consulted where available.

Mountain weather forecast

Dry and bright at first. Becoming increasingly cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, arriving from the south later in the day.

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Weather
(at 600m)
Partly cloudy (night) Partly cloudy (night) Sunny day Sunny day Sunny intervals Cloudy Light rain Heavy rain
Chance of precipitation
(at 600m)
<05% <05% <05% <05% <05% 20% 60% 80%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m SW
7
SW
6
S
5
SE
8
SE
11
SE
9
SE
12
E
14
300m SW
4
SE
4
SE
2
SE
6
SE
9
SE
7
E
7
NE
9
Valley SE
2
E
4
E
4
SE
6
SE
8
SE
5
E
5
E
8
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m 9 8 6 12 16 13 17 19
300m 5 4 5 10 14 11 11 14
Valley 4 5 6 10 15 11 12 18

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
10°
10°
11°
13°
15°
15°
13°
12°
300m
12°
12°
13°
16°
17°
17°
15°
14°
Valley
12°
11°
13°
17°
18°
18°
16°
15°
Freezing Level
2,600m
2,400m
2,300m
2,500m
2,700m
2,600m
2,800m
2,800m

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
11°
12°
13°
13°
11°
300m
12°
12°
13°
15°
16°
16°
14°
12°
Valley
12°
10°
13°
16°
17°
17°
15°
14°

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

For the majority of the day, it will be largely dry with warm bright or sunny spells. UV levels will be High, therefore it is advisable to apply sun cream for protection, if spending any length of time walking/hiking on the hills and summits. Rain, heavy and possibly thundery, arriving by evening. Pathways are likely to become slippery, therefore suitable footwear is advisable.

Weather

Dry with clear spells overnight, perhaps a few mist and fog patches forming in the valleys by dawn. Early mist and fog clearing to leave a largely dry day, with bright or warm sunny spells. Turning increasing cloudy from the south during the afternoon, with outbreaks of rain arriving by evening, which is likely to become more persistent, heavy and possibly thundery at times.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

90% throughout, reducing to 40% by evening.

Low cloud and visibility

Cloud bases above the summits during the day. Cloud lowering to 600-700m by evening. Visibility will be good or very good throughout the day, reducing to moderate or poor in heavy rain by evening.

Recent rainfall

Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
Altitude: 511m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
1.6mm3mm21.9mm
Measurement date:

Rainfall data provided by the Environment Agency. The Met Office is not responsible for content provided by third parties and may remove this data without warning.

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Cloudy with heavy and possibly thundery rain, moving slowly north overnight. Rain should gradually clear to the east during Tuesday morning. Becoming brighter, with some scattered light showers by the afternoon. Any showers gradually fading to become largely dry with some evening sunshine developing for most. Dry with clear spells after dusk.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

30% at first, improving to 90%.

Maximum wind speed expected

East or northeasterly 5-10mph at first, becoming west northwesterly 15-20mph gusting 25-30mph.

Temperature

  • At 600m Plus 10 Celsius, becoming Plus 13 Celsius.
  • Valley Plus 13 Celsius, becoming Plus 17 Celsius.
  • Freezing level Above the summits.

Low cloud and visibility

Cloud bases down to 600m at first, lifting to above the summits from mid-morning. Visibility will be poor or very poor in heavy rain early morning, improving to become good or very good by the afternoon.

Mountain weather information

Wed 17 Jul

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Largely fine and dry with variable cloud and bright or sunny spells. Light winds. Turning increasing cloudy from the west late in the day, with perhaps some outbreaks of rain arriving by the evening. Temperatures near average.

Thu 18 Jul

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Some uncertainty at this stage, but a band of cloud and rain probably moving east during the morning, with perhaps drier and brighter conditions following from the west into the afternoon. Breezy. Temperatures near average.

Fri 19 Jul

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Probably a drier and brighter day. Further cloud and rain may arrive from the west later in the day, although timings are uncertain at present. Breezy. Temperatures near average.

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Summit specific forecast

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