Thursday 28th April 2016 – Monday 2nd May 2016

Hi all,

Yes it’s nearly May, yes the Bank Holidays are coming, yes it is still cold, so where is the warm weather? The search continues…….

Another Arctic blast of cold air gave some wintry showers this week with plenty of hail, sleet and even snow showers peppering the region but as we head into this forecast, the northerly air supply is set to be cut off as the weather pattern changes.

It will be a cold start on Thursday and as well as a frost in places there is a risk of some localised sleet or snow around, especially above 200M. This will ease away quickly to give a dry slot with bright spells. The cloud will increase into the afternoon and into the evening and overnight there will be some rain with a chance of this turning to sleet and snow on the hills. One to watch and a late bite from the current cold spell. Max 8°C.

The low pressure bringing the rain, sleet and snow will be in charge of the weather on Friday. A cold windy day with further wintry showers which will tend to turn more to rain as the day progresses. Max 8°C.

Low Pressure for Friday

Low pressure in charge this Friday

The good news about the weekend is that temperatures will start to recover and we will get a reasonable day out of it.

A chilly start on Saturday with a ground frost, but hopefully a good day ahead with plenty of sunny spells and mainly dry conditions. We’d be very unlucky to catch a shower but with the ridge of high pressure only weak, they can’t be ruled out. Slightly milder and with the sunshine’s UV levels now at 5 it will feel pleasant. Max 11°C.

All change on Sunday. The Atlantic returns as cloud thickens from the west bringing outbreaks of rain, some heavy. Max 10°C.

Rain arrives into Sunday

It’s looking wet on Sunday with rain from the west

As for Bank Holiday Monday it looks showery, as do the following few days, with temperatures slowly returning to normal. It looks likely that another cold spell won’t arrive, ruling out the chance of any snow in May! That’s my thinking anyway! 🙂

Long-range there is a sign of some warmth, week commencing the 9th of May, especially later on in the week, with temperatures getting close to, or into the 20s. Watch this space.

Finally some warmth

A long way off – but is this our first warm spell?

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter to catch all the latest weather updates for Manchester and its surrounding boroughs.



Forecast issued at 13:25 on Wednesday the 27th of April 2016

Thanks for reading,


Thursday 21st April 2016 – Sunday 24th April 2016

Hi all,

It’s a late blog today because I’ve spent the day enjoying the warmest day of the so far with some strong Spring sunshine. Is it going to continue? Of course not. No more topless sunbathing for me!

Thursday will be a dry day and again warm with plenty of sunny spells. The sunshine will tend to turn hazy later on as high-cloud arrives. Max 15°C.

A change as we go into Friday. It promises to be a cloudier day with some bright spells but the temperature will be much lower as we’ve picked up a north-easterly breeze. Feeling chilly and just maybe some light rain later on. Max 10°C.

colder air again

Another cold Arctic plunge this weekend and the cold lasts into next week

It will turn even colder as we enter the weekend. High pressure builds to our west, low pressure to the east and this allows another cold Arctic feed of air to develop over the country. Similar has occurred recently. It is a set-up we wanted back in late-winter to bring us the snow we all (well me!) wanted.

Both Saturday and Sunday will be cold with a keen north to north-westerly wind. Bright or sunny spells are expected but also some showers, which could, at times, give some hail or sleet or wet-snow to higher ground. A big contrast to earlier in the week. The nights will also become cold with frosts returning. Max 8-9°C.


The cold nights with frost return this weekend

Looking ahead it looks likely to remain cold with temperatures below average, some showers and a risk of localised frosts. Not what we want to hear as we head towards May!

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter to catch all the latest weather updates for Manchester and its surrounding boroughs.



Forecast issued at 19:30 on Wednesday the 20th of April 2016

Thanks for reading,


Thursday 14th April 2016 – Sunday 17th April 2016

Hi all,

As I write it’s a decent day out there with the sun now feeding us some warmth as we approach mid-April. It is now registering UV levels at 3-4 which is enough to start building up your sun tan. But, April is a funny month. It can see temperatures close to 20°C but also be cold enough for wintry showers or even snow as we saw last Saturday. In true fashion we have another change on the way.

After a lovely Wednesday, Thursday will be cooler with more cloud. As well as bright spells some showers are likely especially during the early afternoon. Max 12°C.

snow risk

A risk of some snow Friday into Saturday

Friday sees the weather go downhill as rain develops across the region. It will feel cooler and then later in the day even cooler as Arctic air arrives. There is a chance that some of the rain could turn to sleet and even wet-snow. This is most likely over the higher ground, a bit similar to last Saturday. Max 8°C.

The weekend will slowly improve as high pressure nudges in from the west or north-west.

Saturday will see early rain, sleet or snow clear, then slowly drier with some bright spells. Certainly a cool feel to the day and a frost with some mist or fog likely overnight. Max 8°C.

Turning Colder from the North this weekend

Arctic air arrives meaning temperatures will be below average this weekend

After a cold start, Sunday seems to be the best day of the weekend with sunny spells. It should remain dry and although cool it will feel pleasant if you’re out in the sunshine. Another frost overnight with some fog likely. Max 9°C.

frosts this weekend

Frosts expected this weekend

Next week looks settled, cool and mainly dry as high pressure slips in and temperatures slowly recover.


High Pressure for early next week keeping it settled

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter to catch all the latest weather updates for Manchester and its surrounding boroughs.

Thanks for reading,



Forecast issued at 13:50 on Wednesday the 13th of April 2016

Thanks for reading,