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Weather service for Dales walkers

Yorkshire Dales
Dedicated forecasts are already provided for upland areas

Walkers in the Yorkshire Dales are to benefit from a new weather forecast service which will help keep them safe.

The Met Office already provides dedicated forecasts for upland areas including the Brecon Beacons, Peak District and Lake District.

The service is now being extended to include the Yorkshire Dales.

Mark Allum, from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said an accurate forecast was a critical piece of information for walkers.

The predictions will include a colour-coded hazards forecast to highlight key risks on the mountains.

The forecasts will be updated twice a day to give users the latest information on the conditions which are expected in the area.

Mr Allum said: "The weather in the Dales is often very different to what is happening in Leeds or York so this specific mountain weather forecast is very welcome."

Pat Boyle, public weather service manager at the Met Office, said: "The weather in the Dales can change with little or no warning and an unprepared walker can quickly find themselves at risk.

"Whether it's a well-planned expedition or a spur of the moment decision to go to the hills, it is important to check the forecast first."

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