Cooler weekend but promising outlook – Thursday 21st March 2019 – Sunday 24th March 2019

Hi all,

For all of you that don’t like the ‘weather’ seasons,  official Spring is here. The weather is generally settling down for most of what’s left of March, but that’s after a record-breaking Saturday last week. The rain was relentless and it turned out to be the wettest day I’ve ever recorded with 52mm falling. Flooding became an issue by Saturday evening with some areas on high alert. The hills recorded between 70-90mm of rain which tied in well with the Met Office warnings. Over 127mm was recorded in the Yorkshire Dales. Staggering! Good job the rain moved on, later on Saturday evening or things would have become quite serious. One thing I can guarantee is, there will be no more severe weather in March.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with some hill-drizzle. Some bright spells will develop but not as widely as yesterday. Feeling warm in any sunshine. Max 14°C

Friday: Cloudy again with local drizzle. Much cooler too. Later in the evening a cold front will spread south-east introducing some heavier bursts of rain for a time but easing quickly overnight. Max 13°C

Weekend: Mostly dry but fresher

Saturday: Last night’s rain and cloud will clear to leave a fresher day with some sunny spells. Max 10°C

Sunday: A slight frost to start then sunny spells. These will fade as cloud thickens a little from the northwest later which might produce an evening shower. Max 11°C

Outlook: High pressure in charge so little or no rain for the remainder of the month. So, settled and with some sunshine at times it will feel warm especially as the week goes on.  Definitely no severe weather on the horizon.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts across NW England.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued at 16:50 on Wednesday the 20th of March 2019

Improvements for Next Week – Thursday 14th March 2019 – Sunday 17th March 2019

Hi all,

Storm Gareth brought strong winds and squally showers over the last 24 hours with a 46mph gust and half-an-inch of rain being recorded. March so far is very wet and making up for last summer’s lack of rain. We have already had the amount of rain we would expect in a month and it’s only the 13th, but the outlook is for the barrage of wind and rain to stop.

Thursday: Rain to start the day with some gusty winds once more. This will clear quickly leaving sunshine and scattered heavy, blustery showers. Max 9°C

Friday: Another low pressure will swing across northern parts of the UK and after a bright start an area of sporadic rain will move across the region. Breezy but a little milder. Max 11°C

Weekend: Washout Saturday?

Saturday's Low

Path of Saturday’s predicted low

Saturday:  Yet another low pressure is expected to develop and move up from the south-west. Some uncertainty on its exact location, but it looks like it will bring rain and wind right across us. There is a chance of some sleet or snow on the northern Pennines for a time. Max 9°C

Sunday: Cooler with brisk north-westerly winds. Bright spells but equally some wintry showers which should fade later as high pressure builds in. Frosty and icy overnight. Max 8°C

Outlook: Drier, calmer and with sunny spells. Temperatures rising into the teens. Some relief at last!

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for up-to-date forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 13th of March at 11:30am
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Cold and Wet – Thursday 7th March 2019 – Sunday 10th March 2019

Hi all,

Well what an end to February that was, with record-breaking temperatures [19.4°C on the 26th]. Certainly no sign of that returning in a hurry; staying more like February!

Thursday: A much colder day as the wind turns north-westerly with plenty of rain for the morning, some heavy at times. The afternoon will see the rain turn showery with some brightness in between. Some wet-snow on the tops can’t be ruled out. Windy with 35-40mph gusts. Max 7°C

Friday: A frosty start with some localised ice. A nice morning with sunny spells but this turning hazy into the afternoon with rain arriving late-evening and overnight. Max 7°C

Weekend: Windy (up to 40mph gusts) and showery.

Saturday: Any early rain clearing to blustery wintry showers with some hail and hill-snow. Feeling chilly in that north-westerly wind. Max 8°C

Sunday: A longer spell of rain possible early on then again we are back to wintry showers, falling as sleet and snow on the tops. Windy and feeling cold. Max 6°C

Outlook: Remaining chilly and windy with rain at times followed by wintry showers and some snow on the hills (the weather is on rinse and repeat).

February 2019 Stats

Max 19.4°C (26th)
Min -4.8°C (3rd)
Av. 7.2°C (above av.)
Av. Dew Pt 3.6°C
Wettest 12mm (7th)
Av. Humidity 80%
Av. Barometer 1018.2 hPa
Max Gust 44.9mph (9th)
Av. Wind Direction SSW
Rain 43.2mm (58% of av.)
Rain Days 14
Frosts 3
Snowfall 0cm

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter if you want a forecast or to just to keep up-to-date with the weather across North West England.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued on Wednesday the 6th of March 2019 at 19:40

 

Reality Check – Thursday 28th February 2019 – Sunday 3rd March 2019

Hi all,

WOW, simply WOW! What incredible weather that was for late-February. Wall-to-wall sunshine, warm enough for shorts and t-shirts, record-breaking temperatures and even cold nights with grass-frosts thrown in. I don’t think I’ve ever ‘sunbathed’ in February. Crazy stuff.

All this warmth was brought about by low pressures to the west and a huge stubborn area of high pressure to the east, allowing for an airflow to waft warm air all the way up from the Canaries. If it had been summer we could have been looking at temperatures into the 30s.

I only have records dating back to late-2012 and the highest temperature I had ever recorded in February was 13.9°C. This was smashed several times.

15.9°C on 22nd Feb 2019
15.4°C on 23rd Feb 2019
16.3°C on 24th Feb 2019
18.2°C on 25th Feb 2019
19.4°C on 26th Feb 2019 – current record for February and a Winter day

During these temperatures we had 4 nights with the grass temps down below freezing and also some dry air with a humidity of only 24% recorded on the 25th of February 2019.

Ready for a reality check?

Thursday: A bright start but cloud thickening with some showery rain possible at any time during the day. Feeling much cooler. Max 11°C

Friday: A little ridge of high pressure will give us a dry day with some bright or sunny spells. Max 12°C

Weekend: Low pressure in charge as Atlantic weather systems return on the Jet Stream.

Saturday: Becoming windy with showery rain arriving from the west with some heavier bursts. Gusty in the showers. Max 10°C

Sunday: Windy with sunny spells and a few scattered showers which might become more persistent later in the day. Feeling cool. Max 10°C

Outlook: Unsettled with spells of wind and showers, some could be wintry on high ground. Some drier spells in between. Temperatures 8-10°C at best.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast issued on Wednesday the 27th of February 2019 at 12:55pm

Spring-Like: Thursday 21st February 2019 – Sunday 24th February 2019

Hi all,

We had a taste of early Spring last week and it is set to return. This time last year we were getting ready for Storm Emma and the 1st Beast from the East. What a difference!

Thursday: After a blip over the last few days, southwesterly winds will spread much milder air across the UK and after a cloudy start the cloud will thin and allow some hazy sunshine to develop. Max 14°C

Friday: It is expected to be a lovely day with plenty of warm sunshine across the region. It is likely to be the ‘warmest’ day of the forecast with temperatures widely into the mid-teens. A little breezy but feeling lovely in the late-February sunshine. Max 15°C but a few places a degree or two higher locally.

Weekend: Dry and pleasant

Saturday: The decent unseasonable weather continues with warm sunny spells. Max 14°C

Sunday: It’s looking a little more cloudier and with that and a fresh breeze it won’t feel as pleasant. Staying dry though. Max 12°C

Outlook: Temperatures will remain well into double-digits, plenty of dry weather with bright or sunny spells. February is coming to a close and the weather is ahead of itself.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued at 16:45 on Wednesday the 20th of February 2019

Winter finished? – Thursday 14th February 2019 – Sunday 17th February 2019

Hi all,

Goodbye cold and hello mild. It will be feeling Spring-like with sunshine over the next couple of days and I can’t see any particularly cold weather with snow for the rest of the month! As Spring officially starts, I’m sure March will have some delayed winter-cold to bring us back down to Earth.

Thursday: A cloudy start but the southerly breeze will help clear this, leading to plenty of sunshine developing. Mild for the time of year. Max 12°C

Friday: A lovely day is expected with sunny skies and temperatures well into double-digits. The breeze will be picking up later. Max 13°C

Weekend: Cloudier and feeling cooler.

Saturday: Windy with bright or sunny spells. Remaining dry. Max 12°C

Sunday: Cloud and patchy rain trying to come in from the west but it is not expected to arrive, so another dry day with bright spells. Breezy though and feeling a little fresher. Max 11°C

Outlook: Cloudy to start with showery rain easing away as it comes in from the west. After this passes the week is expected to be dry with milder air returning and temperatures approaching the mid-teens. It seems Winter is over already.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 13th of February 2019 at 14:20

Wet and Very Windy to start: Friday 8th February 2019 – Monday 11th February 2019

Hi all,

I had an operation on Wednesday so a quick blog from me and a day later than normal.

It’s a wet and windy one ahead with it eventually becoming colder.

Friday: A wet and windy morning with some heavy rain to start which will turn showery. A drier and brighter end to the day. Gusts locally of 50mph as Storm Erik (warning in place) crosses the UK. Milder air dragged in on the southwesterly airflow. Max 10°C

Saturday: A little fresher with sunny spells and a few scattered showers. Still windy with 45mph gusts. Max 9°C

Sunday: Feeling cooler as winds eventually turn northwesterly later. Sunny spells for the morning but showers will arrive late-afternoon with some falling as snow above 275M. A drier and clearer evening with a touch of frost. Max 7°C

Monday: Sunny spells, cold and winds will be lighter. Frost returning overnight. Max 5°C

Outlook: Becoming settled as high pressure builds in. Variable cloud so some bright spells by day and frosts at night.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for up-to-date forecasts and see January’s stats at @OldhamWxStats.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Thursday the 7th of February 2019 at 6:50pm.

Thursday 31st January 2019 – Sunday 3rd February 2019

Hi all,

Winter has finally delivered some widespread snow to the region, even though most have only seen a few cms, it was enough to cause disruption. With cold temperatures hanging around, it will melt slowly over the coming days. A lot of talk has been about the snow coming to the UK on Thursday, into Friday, and warnings are in place.

Thanks again to everyone for your snow photos and traffic reports over the last week. It helps many others with valuable info.

Thursday:  A severe frost to start with ice and snow-cover. There will also be some freezing fog patches which will be slow to clear. Eventually some brightness breaking through as the breeze picks up. Cold. Max 3°C

Friday: Some early sleet or snow showers are possible from the east arriving on a bitter northeasterly breeze, leading to a sub-zero windchill. A mostly cloudy day to follow with the showers easing away. An area of heavy snow will already be affecting areas south of our region and I expect this not to reach us. Max 4°C

Weekend: Mainly dry and chilly.

Saturday: Sunny spells after a frosty start. Dry, cold and breezy. Max 4°C

Sunday: Again it should be dry with bright spells and the cold weather continues. Max 5°C

Outlook: Becoming less cold, but still chilly (6-8°C), with some showers at times, which could be wintry especially when a northwesterly airflow kicks in.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast issued at 8:35pm on Wednesday the 30th of January 2019

Thursday 24th January 2019 – Sunday 27th January 2019

Hi all,

Brrrr! It’s been a cold start to Wednesday (-7°C in some local spots) with a widespread frost and ice after some further hail and snow showers overnight. Today will be a lovely winter’s day, with fog slow to clear for some, but our weather is changing once again, and not just once!

Thursday: A cold start with a localised patchy frost especially in the East and the odd isolated hail or snow shower. Any brightness fading as cloud thickens from the west and it will slowly become less cold. Max 5°C

friday less cold

Milder than average temperatures on Friday but they don’t last long

Friday: Cloudy and dull with some patchy drizzle, more so later in the day. Milder. Max 8°C

Weekend: Colder air returns after some rain

Saturday: Windy with rain spreading down from the northwest. Some sharp bursts before clearing to some showers into the afternoon. Mild at first but colder behind the main rain-band. Max 7°C

sunday cold

Later on Saturday and into Sunday we’re back into the colder air

Sunday: Cold and sunny with the odd wintry shower. A raw wind making it feel well below zero. Max 4°C

Outlook: Remaining slightly colder than the late-January average, with bright spells, frosty nights but also some wintry showers around with low pressure nearby. No sign, yet, of the Beast from the East.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued at 9:40am on Wednesday the 23rd of January 2019.

Thursday 17th January 2019 – Sunday 20th January 2019

Hi all,

I wrote in my newspaper article last week, about it turning colder. This helps towards us eventually having some snow this winter, and I suggested the 19th would be the date. Well colder weather is arriving throughout today but snow-lovers could well have to live with their frustration for a bit longer.

Thursday: A frosty start with some icy patches (warning issued on Twitter). Wintry showers during the morning, mostly to the west, could merge to give some sleet or wet-snow for a time as well as hail. Away from the showers, plenty of sunshine and a cold northwesterly wind. Max 4°C

Friday: A bright start with a slight frost. Cloud will thicken from the west bringing some patchy rain which might fall as sleet or wet-snow on the hills . The precipitation will be light. Feeling raw with a steady southeasterly breeze. Max 3°C

Weekend: Generally dry and cold.

Saturday: Cold and mostly overcast. Some very light rain, sleet or wet-snow (hills) early on. Max 4°C

Sunday: Hopefully less dull with a chance of some brightness. Little change in the feel of the weather. Max 4°C

Outlook: There is a lot to play for in terms of will it stay cold, then progressively turn colder, or slowly turn less cold from the west. It’s still an undecided outcome, but at this stage the next 7-10 days, leading up to month-end, it will remain cold with a lot of cloud-cover. Monday night into Tuesday could see some sleet or snow for a time but it looks to be patchy. The nights will have some frosts and daytime temperatures hovering between 4-6°C. So, nothing unusual for the second half of January, and no sign of the mega cold and snowstorms that the media portray.

Thanks for reading and follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for some truthful forecasts 😉.

Cheers,
Jon

Forecast Issued at 12pm on Wednesday the 16th of January 2019