Mountain weather

Yorkshire Dales Mountain weather forecast table

Confidence

High for cold conditions continuing but lower regarding distribution of any showers and, especially Saturday morning, cloud details

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This evening forecast

A few snow showers at first this evening then dry with long clear spells and a widespread frost developing. Occasionally strong northwesterly winds easing

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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.

Mountain weather forecast

Cold but dry with some good spells of sunshine. Northwesterly winds easing

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Weather
(at 600m)
Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny intervals Sunny day Clear night Partly cloudy (night)
Chance of precipitation
(at 600m)
00% 00% 00% 00% <05% 00% 00% <05%

Wind direction and speed (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m N
7
W
8
W
10
W
9
W
9
W
7
W
7
SW
7
300m NW
5
NW
3
W
2
NW
2
NW
5
NW
2
NW
2
SW
2
Valley NE
1
N
1
N
1
N
1
N
1
N
1
NW
1
NE
2
Wind gust (mph)
Altitude above mean sea level
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600m 13 12 16 14 13 11 11 10
300m 11 11 10 9 11 8 7 6
Valley 6 4 5 3 4 4 3 4

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
-4°
-4°
-4°
-4°
-2°
-2°
-4°
-4°
300m
-4°
-4°
-5°
-4°
-1°
-4°
-3°
Valley
-5°
-6°
-5°
-3°
-3°
-3°
Freezing Level
0m
0m
0m
0m
100m
200m
100m
0m

Altitude above mean sea level
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600m
-8°
-9°
-10°
-9°
-7°
-6°
-8°
-9°
300m
-7°
-7°
-7°
-6°
-2°
-3°
-6°
-6°
Valley
-7°
-8°
-7°
-5°
-1°
-2°
-5°
-5°

Additional weather information

Meteorologist's view

A cold day with frozen surfaces persisting at all but the lowest levels.

Weather

Clear overnight with a widespread frost, perhaps a few low level mist or freezing fog patches. Then a frosty start to a dry and largely sunny day. Cloud increases in the late evening with perhaps a few snow showers in west towards midnight.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

Close to 100%. Chances expected to fall later in the evening.

Low cloud and visibility

Little or no cloud expected below the summits. Away from cloud visibility very good or excellent but a kilometre or less in any early mist and freezing fog and perhaps later in any snow showers.

Recent rainfall

Location: Malham
Altitude: 375m
Last 24 hoursLast 48 hoursLast 72 hours
0.2mm0.2mm1.6mm
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

Occasionally heavy snow showers are expected to affect western hills overnight, these largely dying out by morning. Then a rather cloudy start but becoming brighter with sunny spells developing and most places dry.

Chance of cloud-free hill tops

Little chance in west at first, otherwise around 75%.

Maximum wind speed expected

Variable less than 10mph.

Temperature

  • At 600m Around minus 3 Celsius
  • Valley Around minus 4 or 5 Celsius overnight rising to 2 or 3 Celsius by day
  • Freezing level Frozen surfaces persisting through the day at all but the lowest levels

Low cloud and visibility

Periods or persistent cloud above 450-600m at first in west, otherwise cloud more occasional above 600m. Away from the cloud visibility very good but a kilometre or less in snow showers, especially overnight.

Mountain weather information

Sun 11 Dec

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One or two light snow showers but most places dry with sunny spells. Light northerly winds. Frozen surfaces persisting at all but the lowest levels.

Mon 12 Dec

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Mainly dry with sunny spells. Freshening easterly winds but frozen surfaces persisting away from the valleys.

Tue 13 Dec

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Dry with sunny spells. Fresh easterly or northeasterly winds. Still cold, especially in wind, but freezing levels rising to around 300m.

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Summit specific forecast

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The National Park lies within the county boundaries of historic Yorkshire with much of the landscape consisting of limestone country; lush green valleys known locally as 'dales' crested with white limestone cliffs known as 'scars'. Hidden beneath these hills and peaks is an underground world of caves and potholes with stalactites and stalagmites, cathedral sized chambers, underground rivers and waterfalls.

A gentler outlook awaits visitors in the Yorkshire Dales, compared to the much more imposing ranges of the Lake District. The tallest of the gentle rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales is Whernside, which reaches 736 metres. Known as the 'King of the Dales', Whernside may not be the tallest of mountains on offer in the UK, but still rewards those who make the journey with views that stretch for miles.

Walkers shouldn't be under the illusion that the Yorkshire Dales doesn't offer challenges for ardent mountain walkers. Instead, a 'Three Peaks Challenge', which takes in Whernside, Ingelborough and Pen-y-Ghent, sees walkers cover over 23 miles and almost 1,600 metres of ascent. The record for completing all three currently stands at around two and a half hours.