Mountain weather

Peak District Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for increasingly cold northerly flow to develop, but lower confidence for details.

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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 Severe Chill Effect
Wind significantly lowers the ‘feels-like’ temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect. Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature. This effect will be enhanced in rain or wet snow. Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia.
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.

Mountain weather forecast

Chilly but bright though mainly cloudy with a few showers, these wintry in the tops.

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Weather
(at 600m)
Sleet Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Partly cloudy (night) Partly cloudy (night)
Chance of precipitation
(at 600m)
20% 10% 20% 10% <05% <05%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m N
11
N
12
N
12
N
11
N
15
N
13
300m NE
6
NW
7
NW
8
NW
6
NW
7
NW
7
Valley N
4
NW
2
NW
4
N
4
N
5
NW
4
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m 17 19 17 16 21 20
300m 9 10 12 10 12 11
Valley 13 8 9 10 14 10

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
300m
Valley
Freezing Level
700m
700m
700m
700m
600m
500m

Altitude above mean sea level
06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
600m
-4°
-4°
-4°
-4°
-6°
-6°
300m
-1°
-1°
Valley
-1°

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

Some chill effect at all levels, but generally light winds. Freezing level lowering through the day

Weather

Mostly cloudy at first with some showery outbreaks of light rain, this wintry on the tops. Then a rather cold, but mostly cloudy day with a few showers, these wintry above 500m, but tending to fade away in the afternoon with a few sunny spells developing. Dry in the evening with clear periods.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

30% improving to 90% by the afternoon.

Low cloud and visibility

Good visibility but moderate in rain showers and very poor in snow and within cloud with bases quite widely down to 500m at first, especially in north and east, but becoming more broken and mainly above 700m by the afternoon, with only the odd patch down to 500m.

Recent rainfall

Location: Cat & Fiddle (Midway between Buxton and Macclesfield)
Altitude: 511m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
0.6mm4mm5.6mm
Measurement date:

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Mountain weather information

Weather

Cold, bright and frosty, with sunny spells, but perhaps the odd wintry shower too.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

90%, reducing to 30-50% in evening.

Maximum wind speed expected

North or northeast 10mph, but northwest 10-15 mph in evening.

Temperature

  • At 600m Minus 2 C
  • Valley Minus 3 C rising to plus 2 C
  • Freezing level 200 or 300m

Low cloud and visibility

Mostly very good visibility, but poor in any snow showers and in cloud, though only small amounts of cloud near the tops, but scattered perhaps broken in any showers down to 500m.

Mountain weather information

Thu 8 Dec

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Cold and frosty with spells of winter sunshine, though perhaps cloudy with a few wintry showers for a time in afternoon. Light or moderate northwest winds turning north-easterly. Freezing level around 300m.

Fri 9 Dec

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Mainly dry and bright though rather cloudy with light north or northeast winds turning westerly. Freezing level 200 or 300m, later 400m.

Sat 10 Dec

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Cold, bright start, then a cloudier day with wintry showers likely in afternoon, but increasingly turning to rain on the lower slopes as freezing level rises to around 700m with moderate west or southwest winds.

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Summit specific forecast

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The National Park itself covers an area of 555 square miles with a high point on Kinder Scout of 636 metres. Despite its name, the landscape generally lacks sharp peaks, being characterised by rounded hills and gritstone escarpments.

Despite what its name may suggest, the Peak District is similar in geography to the more gentle Yorkshire Dales. Its highest point is Kinder Scout, although Bleaklow Head (610 metres) and Black Hill (582 metres) offer great alternatives while losing little in terms of total elevation. Black Hill is a point of interest with its covering of peat and lack of vegetation giving the peak its name. However, conservation work has since transformed the peak so that large areas of the bare peat are now covered with native shrubs.

While the Peak District may lack sharp elevations, the whole area covers huge upland stretches, meaning that much of the National Park is on land that's more than 300 metres above sea level.