About Oldham Weather

This is a weekly blog with a 4-day weather forecast (THU-SUN) for Manchester, and its surrounding areas. Weather statistics from the dedicated Vantage Pro 2 weather station in Chadderton, Oldham. Live statistics are updated every 1 minute here, https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IOLDHAMC2. Follow me on Twitter, @ChadWeather and follow the statistics account, which updates hourly at @OldhamWXStats.

Unsettled then improving next week – Thursday 2nd July 2020 – Sunday 5th July 2020

Hi all,

Meh. June might have had a brief ‘heatwave’ and reached 30°C but it delivered a lot of rain, 170% of the monthly average, mostly coming from thundery downpours, and overall was disappointing. Here’s July and although it’s a new month, there’s little change in our weather for now…..

As always at this time of the year when sunny – HIGH UV LEVELS – Wear sun-cream.

Thursday: Rain to start, pushing away to the south and turning showery. Bright spells later and drier towards evening. Max 18°C

Friday: Cloud thickening throughout the day with rain slowly spreading in, with some heavy bursts. Becoming windy with extensive hill-fog. Max 16°C

Weekend: Still unsettled.

Low pressure drives the weekend weather

Saturday: A band of rain moving southeast to be replaced by a few showers and the odd bright spell. Breezy. Max 17°C

Sunday: A windy day with scattered showers and some bright or sunny spells in between. Max 18°C

Outlook: It looks like high pressure will slowly edge in from the southwest (just) settling the weather down. So drier and brighter with sunny spells breaking out as the week progresses. Temperatures a little disappointing at first but then recovering to around 20°C towards the end of the week. With areas of rain to the northwest we might see some breezy days but we will live with that after recent conditions.

June 2020 Stats

Max 30.0°C (25th)
Min 6.3°C (5th)
Av. 14.6°C
Av. Dew Pt 10.3°C
Wettest 39.8mm (16th)
Av. Humidity 77%
Av. Barometer 1012.7 hPa
Max Gust 39.1mph
Av. Wind Direction WSW
Rain 132.6mm
Rain Registered Days 19
Dry Days 11

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Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 1st of July 2020 at 7:40pm
Image: https://www.wxcharts.com/

Thunderstorms easing and turning fresher – Thursday 18th June 2020 – Sunday 21st June 2020

Hi all,

Well that was a lively few days as isolated thunderstorms delivered record-breaking rainfall and flash-flooding. We’ve certainly made up for a dry few months but that said, not everywhere saw these storms and remain desperate for some rain.

Record-breaking yesterday as the afternoon storm dropped 23.2mm in 53 minutes – the highest rainfall total in any 1-hour period (4:06pm-4:59pm). I have records since August 2012. 14.8mm of that fell in just 17 mins (4:07pm-4:24pm). Then the evening’s storm (total 13mm) at its peak, dropped 8mm in 8 mins!!

Lightning in Chadderton during Tuesday evening’s storm

Thursday: A band of rain will move northwest across the region, arriving early-morning. This will hang around for most of the day. Perhaps the odd rumble of thunder but this is a more general area of rain, rather than isolated developing thunderstorms. Still humid. Max 18°C

Friday: A better day all round, plenty of sunny spells on offer, but still some isolated showers for the afternoon, which again could be thundery and beefy. Warm. Max 20°C

Weekend: Turning fresher.

Saturday: Sunny spells becoming bright spells as cloud thickens from the west. Rain will arrive later but not expected until overnight. Becoming breezy. Max 20°C

A cold front will bring rain overnight on Saturday and introduce fresher air for Sunday

Sunday: Early rain moves on then sunny spells developing. Still warm but we will have lost the humid air so feeling fresher. Windy. Max 19°C

Outlook: Looks to settle down as long as high pressure can build from the south-west. Plenty of warm sunny spells, perhaps becoming very warm for a day or so midweek. Overall drier.

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Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 17th of June 2020 at 1:45pm
Image: https://www.weatheronline.co.uk/

Becoming humid – Thursday 11th June 2020 – Sunday 14th June 2020

Hi all,

It’s been a bit of an unsettled week, something we haven’t been used to since lockdown began but at least we’ve had some welcome rain (27.2mm this month). Warmer air is on its way back.

Thursday: A cloudy morning with some showers pushing in from the east. It will tend to be a drier and brighter afternoon but rain back late-evening. Feeling warmer despite it being particularly windy with 35mph gusts. Max 17°C

Friday: Remaining windy with some morning showers pushing away. Bright spells follow and it will start to feel a little humid. Max 19°C

Weekend: Muggy and warm with winds easing. Risk of a storm.

Saturday: Any early heavy rain moves away to the north then warm sunny spells develop and not as windy as recently. Winds will start to shift southeasterly and it will become humid and with this muggy air, a few hefty showers or even thunderstorms could arrive for the evening or even late-afternoon. Max 21°C

Dew points on the rise meaning it will feel muggy and humid this weekend

Sunday: Overall a drier day for most with just a scattering of showers. Still warm and humid (perhaps not as much as Saturday) with some sunny spells. Most likely to be the best day of the weekend. Max 22°C

Outlook: Mostly settled at first with warm bright spells and the odd shower. Temperatures around 20°C. General thinking after that is, warm, a little humid at times with a risk of downpours/thunderstorms.

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Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 10th of June at 6:25pm
Image: https://www.theweatheroutlook.com/

Thundery Breakdown – Thursday 25th June 2020 – Sunday 28th June 2020

Hi all,

By heck it’s hot! Not record-breaking like last year but still hot enough for sweaty days and some uncomfortable nights with temperatures not dropping much below 20°C but it’s not lasting.

As always at this time of the year when sunny – HIGH UV LEVELS – Wear sun-cream.

Thursday: Another scorching and hot day with plenty of sunshine. A little bit of cloud might bubble up later. Humid and a very warm night. Max 30°C

Thunderstorms moving NE Friday afternoon as the heatwave breaks

Friday: Well that didn’t last long did it. Another very warm and humid day but cooler. After some early sunshine the clouds will arrive. Thundery downpours are expected to break out during the day with a risk of localised flooding, frequent lightning and hail. ⚠️ Warning in place. Max 24°C

Weekend: Low pressure in control

Saturday: Fresher conditions will be spreading in on a keen southwesterly wind. Sunny spells and frequent showers the order of the day, some heavy and perhaps thundery but not as intense as what’s possible on Friday. Max 19°C

Sunday: Bright spells and scattered showers. Certainly feeling like we are back to the norm with temperatures into the late-teens. Windy. Max 17°C

Outlook: Temperatures will recover a little and it looks mostly cloudy, some sunny spells and spells of showers.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter to keep up with the latest weather forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 24th of June 2020 at 5:35pm
Image: https://www.wxcharts.com/

Summer’s gone already – Thursday 4th June 2020 – Sunday 7th June 2020

Hi all,

All good things have to come to an end. We’ve had a great spell of sunny, dry and very warm to hot weather, which ended with us having the sunniest Spring on record. May was also the driest month I have ever recorded. At least the rain is welcome; we just don’t want it to hang around too long. Now Summer is officially here, will the decent weather return anytime soon?

Thursday: Breezy with mostly cloudy skies, although a bright start is possible. Some showers filtering down on the northerly wind. Cool. Max 14°C

Friday: Bright spells and showers, some heavy and most frequent in the east. Cool and very windy later with 35-40mph gusts. Max 13°C

Weekend: Unsettled. Feeling cold on Saturday.

Unusual for the time of year – a deep low in the North Sea feeding down cold NNW winds

Saturday: Low pressure in charge so a completely different set-up to last weekend. Feeling cold in a strong wind with bright spells and showers. Some heavy with a rumble of thunder possible. 40mph gusts. Max 11°C

Temperatures only just into double-figures on Saturday

Sunday: Breezy but not as windy as yesterday and although there will still be some showers around, they are expected to be fewer and overall not as chilly. Max 14°C

Outlook: Looks like a couple of drier days on Monday and Tuesday but after that, sunshine and scattered heavy showers. Temperatures recovering and close to 20°C again.

May 2020 Stats

Max 25.2°C (20th)
Min 0.2°C (14th)
Av. 12.2°C
Av. Dew Pt 5.9°C
Wettest 2.4mm (22nd)
Av. Humidity 68%
Av. Barometer 1022.7 hPa
Max Gust 43.7mph (22nd) (record for May)
Av. Wind Direction W
Rain 7.4mm (overall record)
Rain Registered Days 5
Dry Days 26 (good work that!)
Air Frosts 0

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Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 3rd of June at 14:35
Images: https://www.wxcharts.com/

Summer’s coming – Thursday 28th May 2020 – Sunday 31st May 2020

Hi all,

Meteorologically-speaking summer starts on Monday. But you would be right to think it is already here as we end May with some glorious weather. April was a very dry month (20.6mm) but May has been even drier and with no rain predicted in the next 7 days it will end with a record-breaking 7.4mm. The driest month I have recorded since my records began in August 2012.

Thursday: Warmer air will continue to waft up from the south. A lovely day with plenty of sunshine and feeling hot. Max 25°C

Friday: A light southeasterly breeze and sunny skies. Very warm. Max 24°C

Weekend: Hot and sunny but a little breezy.

Saturday: Sunny spells, with perhaps the odd cloud bubbling up as temperatures rise during the day. Any breeze will be refreshing and hottest in the west. Max 24°C

Sunday: No change apart from maybe not as hot as the wind swings to an easterly and picks up a little. Sunny skies once again with a few fair-weather clouds. Breezy. Max 24°C

UV Levels: The sun is now strong with UV levels above 6 and will approach 7. Sun-cream essential if you’re out and about as you will burn quickly at this time of the year.

Outlook: Little change to conditions with high pressure close by (will drift NE) leading to very warm sunny spells. Temperatures coming down a touch later on in the week as cooler air comes from the northwest. Otherwise staying into the early 20s for most of it. Our gardens do need rain but unless we trigger a shower from this heat, there is currently little sign of any.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts. Stay Safe!

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 27th of May 2020 at 12:35pm

Windy and cooler with some rain then decent again – Thursday 21st May 2020 – Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 2020

Hi all,

Our settled weather, which has become the norm since the lockdown started, is set for a hiccup over the coming days, but all looks good for the Bank Holiday. We are starting to need some rain, I for one, am sick of watering the garden but despite the brief unsettled spell, the next 10 days sees little.

Thursday: Not as hot as yesterday. A cold front will be moving east which might introduce some showery rain for a time during the morning. Sunny spells appearing later and still feeling warm. Max 19°C

A deep area of low pressure will control Friday’s weather

Friday: Low pressure to our north-west will introduce a band of showery rain followed by sunshine and showers. It will be notably windy for the time of year with 40mph gusts quite widely. Max 17°C

Weekend: Cooler

Saturday: Continuing windy with sunny spells and a few showers. Again gusts to 40mph. Feeling cooler. Max 15°C

Sunday: Feeling fresh at times in a steady breeze which will still be gusty. Some more showery rain possible but tending to dry up later. Max 16°C

Bank Holiday Monday: Looking lovely with sunny spells and dry. Temperatures recovering too. Max 20°C

High pressure returns from Bank Holiday Monday

Outlook: High pressure to our south will control things; sunny spells and warm with little rain expected.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest weather forecasts. They help to plan your weekend ;).

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re all keeping safe during this pandemic.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 20th of May 2020 at 3:30pm
Images: http://netweather.tv/

Slowly Warmer with Little Rain – Thursday 14th May 2020 – Sunday 17th May 2020

Hi all,

Apart from a few showers recently the weather has remained settled and dry but cooler. After a very dry April, not often you get 22 days in a month without rain, May is following suit with only 3.2mm recorded so far. With little or no rain in the coming 7-10 days the watering of our gardens continues. But gardeners beware this Wednesday night will be a frosty one.

Thursday: A cold and frosty start for the early-risers. Dry with variable amounts of cloud and some sunny spells. Still a little cool in the shade. Max 13°C

Friday: Similar day. Chilly start with sunny spells. Cloud bubbling up during the day so the sun coming and going. Staying dry. Max 13°C

Weekend: A little warmer but still not too much in the way of sun

Saturday: A mostly cloudy dry day, but in any brightness it will feel less chilly. Max 14°C

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a few bright spells. Small risk of drizzle later in the evening, lasting into Monday. Max 15°C

Outlook: Once Monday’s drizzle fades the dry and warmer theme returns with little or no rain as high pressure influences our weather. Temperatures lifting into the 20s which might trigger a shower later in the week.

Warmer again next week. Hopefully into the 20s

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Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 13th of May 2020 at 2:10pm
Image: http://www.wxcharts.com

From one extreme to the other: Thursday 7th May 2020 – Sunday 10th May 2020

Hi all,

April was the 3rd driest month I’ve ever recorded with well below average rainfall. It was also slightly warmer than your typical April as high pressure mostly controlled our weather. This weekend will see a big drop in temperature.

Thursday: Another warm day with sunny spells perhaps turning hazy later. With slightly unsettled weather out west, so not too far away, don’t be surprised if we catch a late-in-the-day shower. Max 19°C

Bank Holiday Friday: Warm with hazy sunny spells. It’s not expected to be as warm as yesterday but still a decent day and it should stay dry. Max 19°C

Weekend: Big change arriving

Saturday: Make the most of the warmth and especially the morning which will be dry with sunny spells. Cloudier for the afternoon with showery rain spreading south later. Colder overnight. Max 19°C

A blast of Arctic air during Sunday could see a drop of 12 degrees on the maximum temperature from Saturday

Sunday: Yesterday’s rain came south on a cold front and boy will we feel the difference. Cloudy with bright spells developing. A raw biting northeasterly wind and feeling much colder. Ground-frost overnight. Max 9°C

Outlook: Unbelievably another area of high pressure will build over the UK. I think we’ve had one poor week out of seven since the lockdown was put in place. So plenty of dry and bright weather to come, and at first some chilly nights with ground-frosts. Temperatures recovering during the week.

April 2020 Stats

Max 21.3°C (10th)
Min -0.2°C (14th)
Av. 10.0°C
Av. Dew Pt 4.1°C
Wettest 6.6mm (30th)
Av. Humidity 69%
Av. Barometer 1018.8 hPa
Max Gust 19.6mph (2nd)
Av. Wind Direction ENE
Rain 20.6mm
Rain Registered Days 8
Dry Days 22
Air Frosts 1

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Stay Safe!

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 6th of May 2020 at 14:05
Image: https://www.wxcharts.com/

Cool with some rain but a promising outlook – Thursday 30th April 2020 – Sunday 3rd May 2020

Hi all,

All good things had to come to an end. What a run of dry, settled and often warm and sunny weather that was. We went from the 13th of April to the 27th of April with only 2 days of rain, where the rain measured on those days, was the bare minimum, 0.2mm. Currently the month of April only stands at 13.8mm of rain. The average is 70.5mm. Some more rain to come before the month is out, but it’s been a very dry month indeed.

Thursday: Bright spells and showers. The showers most frequent in the afternoon with some heavy perhaps thundery ones by evening. Max 11°C

Friday: Bright spells to start but showers brewing up, particularly heavy in the south with the odd thunderstorm possible. Some places staying dry. Max 13°C

Weekend: Not bad after the last 2 days

Saturday: The best day of the weekend. Sunny to start but cloud will increase during the day. It is expected to remain dry and with the bright spells making it feel a little warmer. Max 14°C

Sunday: Bright morning, thicker cloud for the afternoon with rain arriving later in the day, most likely not until overnight. Max 15°C

Outlook: It looks like high pressure will be close by. Monday more likely to be quite cloudy with showers fading. I’m hopeful that the rest of the week, Tuesday to Saturday, is warmer and with some pleasant sunny spells on offer. Temperatures slightly above average; 16-18°C.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks for reading. Stay Safe!
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 29th of April 2020 at 18:10.