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Peak District Forecast

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
Friday 4th December 2020
Last updated Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 4:25 PM

Summary for all mountain areas

Areas of snowfall will pivot in from the east to affect many areas of Scotland and Northern England through the day. Accompanied by upland gales giving severe wind chill for periods, but a substantial lull is likely S Pennines. Across Wales, snow showers later give way to persistent snow.

Headline for Peak District

Dry start, but snow and hill fog setting in. Severe wind chill at times.

How windy? (On the summits)

Mostly northerly, but very likely substantial lull over a few hours, but for periods risk 35mph highest tops.

Effect of the wind on you?

May be often small, but prepare for arduous conditions and severe wind chill on higher terrain.

How Wet?

Snow setting in

Dry start, but an area of snow will develop widely across the Peak District as the morning progresses. Beware risk of snow becoming widespread and heavier. Sometimes sleety in valleys. May ease off at times.

Cloud on the hills?

Extensive in snow

Mostly clear at first, but as snow sets in, cloud will widely lower onto the hills and become extensive and then linger much of the day.

Chance of cloud free summits?

60% soon lowering to 10% in snow.

Sunshine and air clarity?

Limited sun, mostly cloudy. Away from precipitation, the air very clear, but appalling conditions as snow sets in.

Temperature (at 600m)

-1C, may rise marginally. But feeling closer to -14C in direct exposure to strongest winds.

And in the valleys

Frost in most valleys from dawn. Likely only rising to max 1 to 3C during day.

Viewing Forecast For

Peak District
Saturday 5th December 2020
Last updated Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 4:25 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

East or southeasterly, 15 to 25mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

May impede ease of walking in places. Significant wind chill on high tops.

How Wet?

Largely dry

Occasional snow flurries may move in from the east.

Cloud on the hills?

May be very little

Possible low level banks of freezing fog from dawn, may linger if winds are light. Otherwise, hills often clear, but risk occasional banks of cloud on higher slopes.

Chance of cloud free summits?

70%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Occasional sun, mostly west. Visibility mostly very good.

Temperature (at 600m)

-1C

And in the valleys

Sub-zero in many valleys from dawn, only rising to maxima 2 or 3C during day.

Viewing Forecast For

Peak District
Sunday 6th December 2020
Last updated Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 4:25 PM

How windy? (On the summits)

Low confidence in detail: Likely to vary in direction, 5 to 15mph.

Effect of the wind on you?

Mostly small.

How Wet?

Risk snow on and off, may be very little.

Clusters of showers may give snow on and off for a few hours, rain lowest slopes. Much uncertainty though, may amount to very little other than just flurries.

Cloud on the hills?

Covering higher slopes.

Cloud very likely to cover higher slopes in fog through much of the day. Occasionally some breaks to the tops.

Chance of cloud free summits?

40%

Sunshine and air clarity?

Mostly cloudy. Visibility fairly murky and poor or very poor in snow/rain.

Temperature (at 600m)

Around 0 or 1C

And in the valleys

Some valley sub-zero at dawn, then slow rise though day to 2 to 4C.

Planning Outlook

Cold weather patterns are likely to prevail well into December. A period of constant freeze, at least on the Scottish Munros, but often near or below zero on many lower summits across Britain. Upland terrain becoming extensively snow covered as bands of precipitation circulate slowly around low pressure - substantial snowfalls likely across many uplands, and snow may well lie for periods to lower slopes. Wind speed and direction will vary considerably, occasionally gale force. An east or northeasterly common across northern Britain.