Peak District Weather

Average temperatures in the Peak District

The average temperatures in the Peak District National Park, UK, vary throughout the year, with the coldest months being December and January, and the warmest months being July and August. Here is a monthly breakdown based on historical data:

MonthAverage Temperature (°C)Average Temperature (°F)
January439
February541
March643
April948
May1254
June1661
July1864
August1763
September1457
October1050
November745
December541

Peak District climate considerations

The Peak District National Park has a unique climate compared to other places in the UK such as cities or flat countryside areas. When considering the weather, you’ll want to take several factors into account:

  1. Elevation: The elevation of the park can have a massive impact on the climate, with higher elevations generally producing colder temperatures and more precipitation. Hilly areas lead to flooding at the bottom during rainfall and leave mud pits that stick around once the water has evaporated. Good walking shoes go a long way to help with the demands of inclines and wet terrains.

  2. Latitude: The Peak District is located at a relatively high latitude in the UK, which can lead to cooler temperatures, particularly in the winter months. In fact, Buxton is the highest market town in the UK, which makes it distintively cooler on average in summer.

  3. Weather patterns: The park can be affected by Atlantic weather systems, which can bring a great deal of precipitation, particularly rain. The unpredictability means it’s extra important to check weather forecasts in advance of visiting and thoroughout your stay. Bring suitable outdoor clothing to prepare for the unknown.

  4. Microclimates: Peak District National Park is large and diverse so you could experience numerous conditions on a single walking trail. Some areas have microclimates that represent a shift from other parts of the park. For example, exposed hilltops can have cooler and windier conditions while sheltered valleys can have milder temperatures.

  5. Sun exposure: While there are many quirky hideouts from rock formations and such, anyone hiking or walking may spend prolonged periods exposed to the sun without areas of shade while on a trek. Make sure you stay hydrated and are protected at all times with sunscreen to shield from UV light. Pack a bottle on the go and reapply every once in a while.