Wensleydale in snow The upper reaches of Wensleydale at dawn on a cold January morning

Weather

The weather in the Yorkshire Dales can be very changeable. Some people say that you can get all four seasons in one day! Follow the links to local weather forecasts and conditions on the hills.

It pays to plan what to bring. If you’re walking in the hills, be well-prepared for unexpected changes in the weather. Find out more on our Take Care page.

Mountain Weather Information Service

We highly recommend using the forecast information from the MWIS when planning a walk in the Dales. Below you will find the latest forecasts for the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines area.

Today - Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Headline for Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines Some lingering low cloud and damp. Wind mostly light.
How windy? (On the summits) Northwesterly 10 to locally 20mph on highest tops in morning.
Effect of wind on you? Small
How wet? (Precipitation and its impact) A few pockets of fine drizzle, most likely North Pennines. Most hills generally dry.
Cloud on the hills? Banks of low cloud covering the hills, particularly western Pennines, where for several hours may persist below 500-600m. Breaks forming to higher slopes, perhaps widely clearing above eastern Dales.
Chance of cloud free summits? 40%, to 60% east.
Sunshine Air clarity (below cloud) Patches of sunshine. Murky in places, but visibility excellent away from low cloud.
How Cold? (at 700m) 6C, small variation of temperature with height.
And in the valleys Rising from 4C up to 7C early afternoon.
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Tomorrow - Thursday 23rd January 2020
Headline for Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines
How windy? (On the summits) Southwesterly between 10 and perhaps locally 20mph on higher tops.
Effect of wind on you? Mostly negligible
How wet? (Precipitation and its impact)
Cloud on the hills? Extensive cloud sheet, base around 650m, locally lower western Yorks Dales. There may be a few breaks to higher tops, most likely toward east & northeastern dales.
Chance of cloud free summits? 50%
Sunshine Air clarity (below cloud) Glimpses of sun mainly eastern dales. Hazy.
How Cold? (at 700m) 4C
And in the valleys Rising from 4 or 5C up to 8C early afternoon.
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Day after tomorrow - Friday 24th January 2020
Headline for Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines
How windy? (On the summits) Westerly, 10 to 15mph.
Effect of wind on you? Small.
How wet? (Precipitation and its impact) Small amounts of rain in total, but areas of drizzle may linger, perhaps much of the day some western hills. Very little eastern Yorks Dales.
Cloud on the hills? Local variations, risk of very low cloud covering fells in western Yorks Dales. Elsewhere, cloud mostly above 600-700m, and cloud may break up more readily eastern Pennines.
Chance of cloud free summits? 30%
Sunshine Air clarity (below cloud) Generally overcast, glimpses of sun eastern dales. Risk generally murky west, locally visibility better toward east.
How Cold? (at 700m) 3 or 4C.
And in the valleys 5 to 7C.
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