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.

A day of heat then perhaps out with a bang before cooling off with further showers – Thursday 23rd June 2022 – Sunday 26th June 2022

Hi all,

It’s been a lovely working week so far. Just how I like it. Plenty of summer sunshine and temperatures only peaking into the early-20s. We now need rain. We’ve only had 19mm this month and our gardens and my golf course are desperate. Things are about to change and it involves some rain, albeit tricky to pin down the forecast.

Thursday: A hot day with plenty of sunshine during the morning. Cloud will bubble up later in the day with the risk of an isolated thunderstorm or two drifting up from the south. This risk continues into the night. A muggy night ahead with temperatures only slipping under 20°C before midnight. Max 27°C

The heat breaks later on Thursday with thunderstorms moving up from the south. How far north these get, keeping their intensity, is the question.

Friday: A cloudier day and cooler after a humid start. Any early thundery showers easing then a day of occasional bright spells with scattered showers developing again into the afternoon, perhaps thundery. Max 21°C

Weekend: Hard to forecast showers.

Saturday: Bright spells for the morning. Showers could pop up for the afternoon but this is tricky to forecast at this stage. With the low pressure out west we could well get away with a reasonable day. Breezy and cooler than recently but pleasantly warm in any sunshine. Max 19°C

Saturday not as bad as first feared?

Sunday: Quite unsettled with frequent showers developing into the afternoon with possible hail and thunder. Windy. Max 18°C

Showery Sunday on the cards.

Outlook: Temperatures around average with sunny spells and frequent hefty showers. Risk of thunderstorms. Hints of it warming up again later in the week but the risk of showers remains.

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Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 22nd of June 2022 at 9:40pm.
Images: http://www.wxcharts.com

Brief Burst of Heat then Cool – Thursday 16th June 2022 – Sunday 19th June 2022

Hi all,

The first heatwave of the summer has arrived in parts of the UK, something I hinted at in my blog on the 18th of May.

It was forecast a few days prior and could well see temperatures of 35°C being recorded before a thundery breakdown, threatening the UK June record.

These plumes of hot air tend to happen a few times during the summer months and more often than not drift east and miss the UK altogether, so hard to predict.

They are also usually short-lived, and for us, it will literally be one day of ‘heatwave’ temperatures, so not officially a heatwave across the region.

Thursday: A generally cloudy but warm and increasingly humid day with some sunny spells especially during the morning. Mostly light southerly winds. A warm night. Max 23°C Min 15°C

Friday: More in the way of sunshine after a cloudy start and it looks likely that we will be in the northwestern area of a hot plume of air from the south, originating from Spain. The heat and humidity could well trigger a sharp shower into the afternoon but very isolated. Cloud increasing overnight. Depending on how far northwest the airmass gets will mean a range of temperatures. Max 25-29°C Min 13°C

Weekend: Up to 12°C cooler!

Saturday: A cold-front will move southeast during the morning pushing away the hot and humid air. Some rain is possible to start the day but patchy. Slowly it will become drier but remain mostly cloudy. Much cooler. Max 16°C Min 10°C

There is some uncertainty to the following 24 hours as the heatwave breaks. Low pressure forming to the south means a band of persistent rain is going to form but where this sits across England and Wales remains to be seen. Locally over an inch of rain could be on the cards. Currently this band is set to sit just to the south of us, but a shift north isn’t out of the question. One to watch.

Sunday: A brisk, cool and gusty north-to-northwesterly wind bringing a few showers and mostly cloudy skies – unless the rain-band moves from its forecasted position. Max 16°C Min 9°C

Outlook: Temperatures slightly below average, 16-18°C, next week with a fresh and steady, westerly wind. Sunny spells and occasional showers can’t be ruled out but with high pressure trying to push in from the southwest it could well be drier, slightly warmer and with sunny spells to end the week.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks,

Jon

Forecast Issued on Wednesday the 15th of June 2022 at 6:45pm.

Ex-Tropical Storm Alex to bring a breezy but reasonable weekend – Thursday 9th June 2022 – Sunday 12th June 2022

Hi all,

I’m back with the weekly blogs after a 2-week rest sunning myself in Rhodes.

It’s been a disappointing start to the meteorological summer with plenty of showers and breezy conditions. Temperatures still haven’t reached 20°C as we pass the first week of June.

Thursday: Early cloud and any rain clearing to sunny spells. Cloudier during the afternoon as some patchy showery rain pushes in towards evening. Breezy and quite warm. Max 18°C

Friday: Windy but warm with plenty of sunny spells. Unlucky to see a shower so mostly dry. Max 20°C

Weekend: Breezy, quite warm to start, and mostly dry but can’t rule out rogue showers.

Saturday: Windy once more with 30mph gusts. Sunny spells developing and it should stay dry. Just the chance of a shower on the hills. Max 18°C

Sunday: Cooler temperatures expected but similar weather with bright or sunny spells and generally dry conditions. More in the way of cloud compared to yesterday. Max 16°C

Outlook: No sign of a summer yet (maybe warming up for the last 10 days of June). Next week looks to be disappointing on the thermometer with temperatures between 15-17°C. Plenty of cloud around with a strong westerly breeze at times. Occasional showers throughout the week too. Take me back to Rhodes!

Below-average temperatures to start next week.

May 2022 Stats

Max 21.9°C (14th)
Min 5.6°C (28th)
Av. 12.1°C
Wettest 14mm (16th)
Av. Humidity 78%
Av. Barometer 1017.9 hPa
Max Gust 28mph
Av. Wind Direction WSW
Rain 51.2mm (below average)
Rain Registered Days 24 (grim)
Dry Days 7

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Thanks for reading. I hope you find these weekly blogs useful and any feedback is always welcome.

Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday 8th June 2022 at 10:15pm
Image: https://www.tropicaltidbits.com

Slightly cooler then Sunny Spells and Showers – Thursday 19th May 2022 – Sunday 22nd May 2022

Hi all,

It’s been a warm and humid few days with temperatures sneaking into the 20s and Tuesday was the warmest day of the year so far but a change is on the way. Certainly no sign of a heatwave. My hunch is, mid- to late-June could see some high temperatures, 30°C+ in some parts of the UK. Not a forecast, just a feeling.

The sun is now strong so high UV levels occuring for a few hours either side and throughout lunchtime. Sun-cream needed if you’re out and about. UV levels of 6 to 7. The sun’s strength is equal to mid- to late-July.

Thursday: A lovely day with plenty of warm sunny spells developing after a cloudy start in a few places. High UV. Temperatures a touch down on previous days. Max 19°C

Friday: Turning cloudier with low pressure arriving from the west. Dry for the morning but patchy rain pushing in as the day progresses turning showery towards evening. Cooler. Max 15°C

Weekend: Fresher with a westerly airflow.

Saturday: Temperatures back to normal with a breezy day expected. Sunny spells and isolated showers. Max 16°C

Sunday: Another day of bright or sunny spells with a few showers. Hopefully not as windy. Max 17°C

Outlook: High pressure in the Atlantic with a cool WNW’ly airflow bringing occasional showers. Drier towards the end of the week. Temperatures in the mid-teens or just above. Those early-20°C values nowhere to be seen.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 18th of May 2022 at 9:40pm

Becoming warmer with thundery potential – Thursday 12th May 2022 – Sunday 15th May 2022

Hi all,

Temperatures are set to rise and so will the humidity. Those mixed together does not always mean dry conditions. After a few warmer and dry days, next week is looking a bit of a mixed bag.

Thursday: Variable cloud with some sunny spells at times. Windy but pleasant in any sunshine. Rogue shower possible but unlikely so most will stay dry. Max 14°C

Friday: More in the way of warm sunny spells as the day wears on but still windy with 30-35mph gusts taking the edge off the temperature. Max 18°C

Weekend: High pressure builds in but the shower risk increases into Sunday.

Saturday: Sunny spells and overall a bit warmer and noticeable with winds easing. High UV levels. Promises to be a decent day. Max 20°C

Thundery shower potential overnight Saturday into Sunday

Sunday: A warm day with sunny spells. Cloud will bubble around lunchtime/early-afternoon and the breeze will pick up. Chance of an isolated thundery downpour later, especially towards the Peak District. A little humid. Max 19°C

Outlook: The week was looking promising with sunny spells and dry pleasant conditions but that has now changed. It will remain warm, and a little muggy with temperatures into the late-teens but the air will be unstable at times so expect some lively, possibly thundery showers thrown in with the sunny spells. This set-up will certainly see the garden spring into life even more!

Periods of hefty, possibly thundery rain next week as temperatures stay warm with humid unstable air

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 11th of May 2022 at 8:15pm.
Images: http://www.wxcharts.com

Warmer with variable amounts of sunshine – Thursday 5th May 2022 – Sunday 8th May 2022

Hi all,

With summer not too far away it’s time for the heatwave stories to appear in the media. Yes warmer weather is on the way, yes there is a chance of heatwave conditions to be met in parts of England later next week if the forecast comes off but it’s a long way off, so only time will tell. One thing we can never have is a “mini-heatwave”. Just like a “mini-tornado”. There are no such things.

Thursday: Cloudy with bright spells developing here and there. Feeling quite warm. Max 17°C

Friday: A weakening band of rain will slowly sink southeast across the region, mainly during the afternoon. A little cooler due to mostly overcast skies. Max 15°C

Weekend: Sunday’s looking the best and warmer too.

Saturday: Bright spells but there could well be a disappointing amount of cloud as a weather-front decays and high pressure builds. Low risk of an isolated shower or two. Quite muggy. Max 17°C

Sunday: Warm sunny spells developing and feeling humid. Max 19°C

Outlook: A warm southwesterly airflow so temperatures sitting in the late teens. It won’t be sunshine all the way so plenty of cloudy spells with occasional showers and bright or sunny spells. Possibly even warmer, into the early-20s by the end of the week. A plume of very warm air is possible with 26°C not ruled out in southern England.

April 2022 Stats

Max 19.7°C (16th)
Min -0.5°C (9th)
Av. 8.8°C
Wettest 9.8mm (7th)
Av. Humidity 74%
Av. Barometer 1017.3 hPa
Max Gust 34.5mph
Av. Wind Direction NNE
Rain 32.6mm (well below average)
Rain Registered Days 13
Dry Days 17
Air Frosts 4
Snow Falling Days 2

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks,

Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 4th of May 2022 at 9:25pm

Waiting for Petrichor – Thursday 28th April 2022 – Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2022

Hi all,

The wait for significant rain continues and with everywhere drying up rapidly, after a drier-than-average 6 weeks, there will be petrichor in the air once the rain returns.

At this stage, it looks like high pressure will mostly dominate our weather pattern for the foreseeable. High pressure can mean warm and sunny but like recent weeks, we will see cloud amounts variable and with a cooling trend into the new month.

Thursday: A chilly start with some ground-frost and localised mist. Sunny spells for the morning but cloud will tend to increase during the day. Dry with generally light winds. Max 13°C

Friday: Little change although it’s not expected to be as cold of a start. Sunny spells followed by cloudier spells. Max 14°C

High pressure mostly dominating the weather; now, next week and beyond.

Weekend: A little warmer on Saturday.

Saturday: Sunny spells here and there and temperatures lifting a little. Max 16°C

Sunday: Cloudy to start, with perhaps a very localised shower early on. Sunny spells breaking through. Dry with light winds. Max 14°C

Bank Holiday Monday: Mostly cloudy with some bright spells. Temperatures still a little disappointing but plenty of dry conditions. Max 14°C

Outlook: A new area of high pressure will slip down from the north bringing slightly cooler air, even with a risk of overnight ground-frosts. Lots of dry weather but again not guaranteed sunshine as cloud spills in from the north or northeast. No sign of the Atlantic-driven weather pattern returning, so wind and any significant rain still being held at bay.

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Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 27th of April 2022 at 5:55pm.
Image: http://www.wxcharts.com

Windy but plenty of dry weather – Thursday 21st April 2022 – Sunday 24th April 2022

Hi all,

I hope you enjoyed the Easter weather which remained mostly dry and quite warm with pleasant sunny spells. The sun is gaining strength day-by-day and even when temperatures are below average it can still feel warm in any sunshine. UV levels are now over 4 and at the high-end of medium, so don’t forget your sun-cream when out and about for a couple of hours. Don’t forget, getting sunburnt is nothing to do with the temperature on the thermometer.

We’ve only had 32mm of rain so far this April and with the way it’s looking, there’s not much rainfall to come over the remainder of the month. So it looks like it’s going to be another very dry month, after March’s 21mm. January (45mm) was also dry with the soggy February (187mm) sandwiched in between.

Thursday: A decent sunny day with some cloud bubbling up in southern parts into the afternoon. A keen easterly wind developing and becoming strong but temperatures remaining pleasant enough. Max 16°C

Friday: We have high pressure to our north and northeast in charge of the weather, meaning a lot of dry weather with bright spells developing after a cloudy start (localised shower). Isobars will be closely-packed together meaning it will be a very windy and gusty day. Values of 40mph can’t be ruled out. Max 13°C

High pressure to the N/NE and low pressure to the S. Tightly-packed isobars in between means a gusty, easterly wind coming down off the hills; 35-40mph gusts likely.

Weekend: Gusty conditions.

Saturday: A mostly cloudy day with a few bright spells around especially in the west. Again it will be windy, 35-40mph gusts, making it feel chilly. Chance of an isolated shower early on. Max 12°C

Sunday: Remaining windy but hopefully not as annoying as the last few days and more in the way of sunny spells developing meaning it will feel a little warmer. Dry. Max 14°C

Outlook: At this stage it looks to remain similar to what we currently have although winds will ease by Tuesday. Plenty of dry weather but often cloudy and cooler-than-average. If the Jet Stream kicks back into its Atlantic-driven mode then rain and wind would return but this looks unlikely. Keep watering those gardens!

This graphic shows the total rainfall expected between now and the 1st of May. Unless we see a turnaround in the forecast, we will see very little rainfall during the rest of April.

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Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 20th of April 2022 at 5pm
Images: http://www.wxcharts.com

Warm doesn’t necessarily mean sunny – Thursday 14th April 2022 – Bank Holiday Monday 18th April 2022

Hi all,

The Easter weekend is lurking and most of you will be wondering what the weather has in store. The good news is, high pressure is set to build briefly and its position means we will be sitting in a relatively warm air mass but it looks like we will be importing a lot of cloud, especially to start days. With light winds early mist/low-cloud could be stubborn too.

Thursday: A cloudy start with some localised mist or fog. Hazy sunny spells developing and feeling quite warm. During the afternoon just the outside chance of a shower. Max 16°C

Good Friday: Misty morning with cloud eventually breaking up leading to some warm bright spells. Localised shower/downpour can’t be ruled out. Max 17°C

Saturday: Looks like more in the way of sunshine developing, again after a cloudy start. Warm in any sun. Max 18°C

Easter Sunday: Little change with conditions similar to Saturday for most of the day but signs of some showery activity into the afternoon/evening. Max 16°C

Bank Holiday Monday: Mostly cloudy with some brighter slots and feeling pleasant once again in any sunshine but looking cooler than recently. Max 14°C

Rest of next week: Plenty of dry weather and cloud early on with some bright spells and temperatures eventually slipping back to the mid-teens or just below. Likely to turn unsettled from midweek with some spells of showery rain although not amounting to too much.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 13th of April 2022 at 9:15pm

Another cold snap then warmer – Thursday 7th April 2022 – Sunday 10th April 2022

Hi all,

March’s stats are in and it was a very dry month overall with 6-times less rainfall than February and with a decent spell of dry and sunny weather. In fact we went 13 days without rain and enjoyed temperatures close to 20°C and blue skies. I miss those days.

Thursday: Much colder air has now arrived from the North after a windy night. Early rain then it will be a day of blustery, wintry showers with some hail, sleet and hill-snow. Feeling cold throughout. Max 8°C

Friday: A frosty start with plenty of sunshine. Clouds bubbling up with wintry showers breaking out again. Breezy but not as windy or as cold as Thursday. Max 10°C

Colder than average over the next 4 days.

Weekend: A better Saturday than Sunday.

Saturday: A frost to start then a decent day with sunny spells and a fresh breeze but not as windy as recently. Clouding over by evening which could lead to a nice sunset. Max 10°C

Sunday: Cloudy with a change to a southwesterly airflow bringing some localised drizzle or patchy rain. Winds picking up. No frost as milder air pushes in. Max 11°C

Outlook: Warmer overall with temperatures into the mid-teens and feeling pleasant in any sunshine. Sunny spells expected during the week but occasionally cloudier conditions with a few showers also on the cards. Breezy at times but with no frosts or cold spell likely. 

March 2022 Stats

Max 18.6°C (25th)
Min -0.7°C (7th)
Av. 7.9°C
Wettest 4.4mm (3rd)
Av. Humidity 75%
Av. Barometer 1023.2 hPa
Max Gust 33.4mph
Av. Wind Direction SE
Rain 20.8mm (well below average)
Rain Registered Days 11
Dry Days 20
Air Frosts 2
Snow Falling Days 2

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and warnings.

Thanks,

Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 6th of April 2022 at 8:30pm