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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 😉.


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


Thursday 10th January 2019 – Sunday 13th January 2019

Hi all,

It’s been a lovely winter’s day today. An icy frosty start then blue skies before some cloud arrived from the northeast. It’s bad news if you want the sun to stick around, as the last 2 days’ weather isn’t set to last.

Thursday: Cloudy, chilly and mostly dry away from the hills where the cloud could be low enough to produce some drizzle or mist. Max 6°C

Friday: Bright spells during the day as the cloud will tend to break up a little. Dry but some rain overnight. Max 8°C

Weekend: Some rain at first.

Saturday: Cloudy and a little windy at first and any rain clearing to bright spells and showers as a cold front heads through. Fresh and breezy. Max 9°C

Sunday: Mostly cloudy again. Some isolated showers possible early and late but very scattered. Max 9°C

Outlook: Some spells of unsettled weather with rain followed by showers. Milder before these bands of rain but colder and windier after them. No sign of significant cold although some of the showers later next week could be wintry on the hills.

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Thanks for reading. Any comments on my blogs are welcome. I am always looking to improve them so please leave any comments below or on Twitter.


Forecast Issued at 17:30 on Wednesday the 9th of January 2019.

Thursday 3rd January 2019 – Sunday 6th January 2019


Happy New Year folks. A new year but the weather carries off where it left 2018 with little happening. That said, an SSW event is underway, which might mean colder weather in a few weeks’ time.


Thursday and Friday: We can sum up these days together. Variable amounts of cloud. Where the cloud breaks we will have sunny spells by day, but frost and some fog by night. Max 3°C

Weekend: Becoming cloudier and less cold

Saturday: Some patchy frost to start then any bright spells fading as the day becomes mostly overcast. Max 5°C

Sunday: Continuing settled, cloudy and mostly dry with light winds. Less cold. Perhaps some hill-drizzle later. Max 7°C

Outlook: Monday/Tuesday could (not all models agree) see low pressure arrive from the west bringing some rain and breezy conditions. Midweek: high pressure builds once more settling things down.

Will colder weather arrive from the East? The next 7 days will open up the time-frame needed that will give us more of an idea. Stay tuned!

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December 2018 Stats

Max 12.1°C (2nd)
Min -0.1°C (14th)
Av. 6.6°C
Av. Dew Pt 5.0°C
Wettest 19.2mm (8th)
Av. Humidity 90%
Max Gust 41.4mph (8th)
Av. Wind Direction SW
Av. Pressure 1015.4 hPa
Rain 120.8mm (average)
Rain Days 20
Frost Days 1

Thanks to all my followers and for taking the time to read my weekly blogs.

Have a great 2019!


Thursday 27th December 2018 – [Monday] New Year’s Eve 2018

Hi all,

Merry Christmas. I hope you all had a good one with your family and friends. The weather might be dull but let’s hope your festive break and New Year’s Eve isn’t.

First off. No snow on the cards. On the horizon, maybe, but that’s for a future blog.

Thursday: Cloudy with limited brightness. Dry with light winds. Max 9°C

Friday:  Déjà vu. Cloudy and dry. Max 9°C

Weekend: Chance of some early rain.

Saturday: Breezy with well-scattered showers easing later. Some brightness. Max 9°C

Sunday: Cloudy, some brightness in eastern parts, otherwise little happening and dry. Max 10°C

New Year’s Eve [Monday]: Generally overcast. This is becoming boring now. Max 9°C

New Year’s Eve Night: Dry, light winds and quite mild. Min 6°C

Other night-times: If any cloud-breaks occur overnight, we will see the odd pocket of frost and fog/mist.

Outlook: Very little change. Looking for snow and some feels-like-winter cold? Then maybe there’s something on the horizon. Look out for my blog this time next week.


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 26th of December 2018 at 2:45pm

Thursday 20th December 2018 – Sunday 23rd December 2018

Hi all,

My last weekly blog before Christmas Day! Will it or won’t it be a White Christmas? If you have been following my tweets for the past few days you will know the answer; more on this later. One weather statistic that I have banged on about over the last few months is about how dry it has been. December (92.4mm so far) is certainly going about topping up our reservoirs but a drier end to the year looks likely.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with some bright spells and showers from the west, some heavy later. Max 9°C

Friday: Cloudy with some heavy rain for the morning. The afternoon will see some bright spells and showers, some merging later. Windy, 35mph gusts. Max 10°C

Weekend: Changeable.

Saturday: Not a bad day to be fair, once the morning showers have eased away leaving bright spells. Max 9°C

Sunday: Chance of a dry start, but soon rain will push up from the southwest leading to a wet day. There is some uncertainty as to how far north the rain gets so this day’s forecast could change. Max 9°C

Outlook: Unsettled with rain to start next week but slowly high pressure looks set to build from the southwest. This will settle down the weather, variable cloud, some brightness and mostly dry. A chilly northwesterly breeze at times.

Christmas Day: Mainly cloudy and dry, slight frost overnight. No chance of any snow. 8°C

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. All the best for 2019 and thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Feel free to spread the word.


Thursday 13th December 2018 – Sunday 16th December 2018

Hi all,

We’re now in the time-frame to have a look at what the weather will be like on Christmas Day. A few days ago I said the chances of a White Christmas was sitting at 20%, and that was being generous. More about this later.

Over the next few days we have a battle going on, between cold and mild air, which could result in some snow. Note: The forecast for the weekend is still uncertain so subject to change.

Thursday: A nice albeit cold day. Sunny spells with a strong wind leading to a windchill. Max 5°C

Friday: Bright after a frosty start. Notably colder but remaining dry. Not as windy as yesterday. Max 4°C

Weekend: Risk of hill-snow. Improvements on Sunday.

Rain and snow

An awful Saturday evening as rain and hill-snow spreads NE

Saturday: Windy. A dry morning but slowly during the afternoon and evening, rain will spread NE perhaps with snow for time, even to some lower-levels. Most of the snow will be on the hills, not lasting too long, before turning back to rain during the evening as milder air arrives. Max 5°C

Sunday: Yesterday’s rain clears to a drier day with some bright spells and just a few showers. Milder but still a little chilly. Max 7°C

Outlook: The Jet Stream will return so spells of wind and rain with some drier interludes. Milder west to southwesterly winds.

Christmas Day: At this early stage (chuckles!) – Bright spells, dry with light winds. No snow. 8°C

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 12th of December 2018