Turning Much Colder – Thursday 26th March 2020 – Sunday 29th March 2020

Hi all,

What a surprise, our weather turned lovely with warm sunny spells and we can’t venture out to enjoy it fully. I hope you are all well and keeping sane during these surreal times. As we know, warm, sunny weather doesn’t always last in this country.

Thursday: A frosty start but temperatures soon rising and another beautiful sunny day ahead. It won’t be as warm as recently as the wind will have shifted to a cooler direction, the north-east. Max 13°C although a little higher in sheltered, western spots.

Friday: Frosty to start (for the early risers). Slightly cooler again and the breeze beginning to pick up. Another, the last one, sunny day. Max 11°C

Weekend: Big shock on the way.

Saturday: A cloudier day with a few bright spells. It should remain dry but a huge difference in the feel of the weather. A north-easterly wind becoming gusty. COLDER! Max 8°C

Sunday: Even colder with a raw north to north-easterly wind which will be brisk. This could drag a few wintry showers in and some may fall as hail, sleet or snow. The showers are expected to be scattered and not that heavy. Max 6°C

Outlook: A lot of dry weather around as high pressure stays close. However, it looks set to stay cold, with temperatures in single-figures. Later in the week some wintry showers can’t be ruled out again, so we could see some sleet/snow showers to start April. It might be unseasonably cold but it certainly beats wind and heavy rain.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday 25th of March 2020 at 4:25pm.

Drier & Settled – Thursday 19th March 2020 – Sunday 22nd March 2020

Hi all,

I promised an improvement in the weather and it has taken longer than hoped for, but it’s coming and much-needed after the very wet end to winter.

Thursday: A mostly cloudy day but dry. Some brightness but this will tend to be limited to the north. Feeling chilly. Max 9°C

Friday: Windy with a steady easterly. This however, should help break the cloud up, so more in the way of sunny spells. Max 10°C

Weekend: Dry, a little less chilly.

Saturday: Bright spells after a cold start. Windy with this easing later. Again it’s looking dry. Max 11°C

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a few bright spells but dry with any rain staying out west across Ireland. Milder. Max 12°C

Outlook: High pressure staying close by and mainly in charge. Quite mild, breezy with bright or sunny spells. A dry spell that we desperately need.

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Thanks for reading and take care during the Coronavirus outbreak.


Forecast Issued: 4:03pm on Wednesday the 18th of March 2020

Better Weather on the Horizon – Thursday 12th March 2020 – Sunday 15th March 2020

Hi all,

Yet more rain recently, but it looks like next week will finally see a change to the position of the Jet Stream, meaning more in the way of settled weather with sunny spells and some dry days! Hard to believe I know!

Thursday: Breezy with sunny spells and a few wintry showers, falling as hail, sleet and snow. Cold. Max 8°C

Friday: Cloudy to start with some showery rain. This soon clearing to a drier day with bright spells, lighter winds and just the odd shower into the evening. Max 8°C

Weekend: Saturday the drier day.

Saturday: Milder, mostly dry and cloudy. Can’t rule out some hill-drizzle. Windy especially later. Max 10°C

Sunday: Rain followed by bright spells and showers, windy. Max 9°C

Outlook: Good news. It’s looking favourable that high pressure builds, so as next week progresses (some uncertainty on timings), we’ll hopefully see dry conditions for several days with pleasant Spring sunshine and temperatures rising a touch. 

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 11th of March 2020 at 2:10pm

Chilly, some rain after the wettest winter recorded – Thursday 5th March 2020 – Sunday 8th March 2020


Winter is done. Meteorologically-speaking of course. We lacked in snowfall, sub-zero temperatures and instead had to cope with a final third of copious amounts of rainfall and named-storms. It actually rained every day from the 8th of February to the 29th of February. That’s 22 days in a row!

Here are some rainfall statistics for Winter 2019/20 compared to previous winters.

Winter 2019/2020 was the wettest I’ve ever recorded and February 2020 the wettest month

Thursday: A cold start with a touch of frost in places where clear spells have developed. Dry with bright or sunny spells. Max 8°C

Friday: A chilly start once more with some localised mist and fog. Mostly cloudy after some early brightness with isolated showers coming in from the west during the day, some wintry on the hills. Max 7°C

Weekend: Saturday the best day to be outdoors.

Saturday: Milder with a southwesterly airflow. A bright start but cloud will thicken during the day with some rain arriving late-evening and overnight. Breezy. Max 10°C

Sunday: Morning rain clears to a day of sunny spells and blustery showers, some wintry on the hills and we can’t rule out some hail and thunder & lightning. Windy and it will be colder. Max 8°C

Outlook: It’s looking unsettled again with a couple of spells of rain and wind. In between and either side, breezy with sunshine and showers, some wintry on the tops as it stays cool. No sign of our first Spring warmth.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 4th of March 2020 at 15:55

Wintry then yet more rain – Thursday 27th February 2020 – Sunday 1st March 2020

Hi all,

The final blog of this winter as meteorological Spring arrives on Sunday. February turned out to be the wettest month I’ve ever recorded and we’re not done yet. Rumours have started of ‘summer’ arriving, which means some sun, warmer and drier conditions but is there actually any sign of this? First, some snow.

Thursday: The morning will start with a spell of rain, sleet and snow (warning in place). This will quickly clear away to the southeast to be replaced by sunny spells and the odd wintry shower. Still feeling cold. Max 6°C

Friday: Dry and bright start but cloud soon thickening to bring rain (some hill-snow possible at first). Breezy and eventually milder later via a warm sector. Warning in place for the rain. Max 8°C

Weekend: Yet more rain/showers then colder again.

Saturday: Heavy rain for the morning, will sweep east to be followed by sunshine and showers, some beefy with hail and thunder. These turning wintry on the hills later as it turns colder again. Windy. Max 8°C

Sunday: Sunny spells and showers. Some wintry and again we can’t rule out hail and the odd rumble of thunder. Windy. Max 6°C

Outlook: Remaining chilly with temperatures below average. Still showery but signs of it settling down after next weekend. No sign yet of any significantly warmer weather.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday 26th of February 2020 at 7:45pm

More Wind & Rain – Thursday 20th February 2020 – Sunday 23rd February 2020

Hi all,

OK, I’ve had enough. It’s cold, it’s miserable and the forecast doesn’t get any better. I’m ready for Spring now. Who remembers late-February last year? We enjoyed warm sunshine. What I would give for those conditions right now (I’d be on the golf course!). Meanwhile the risk of localised flooding continues.

Thursday: The morning sees an active band of squally rain move southeast. Initially quite mild but much colder air will arrive by lunchtime after the rain has moved through. Some sleet or snow on the back edge can’t be ruled out, especially above 200M. Sunny spells and scattered wintry showers for the afternoon with hail and thunder & lightning. Feeling cold in a gusty west-to-northwesterly wind. Max 8°C (in the morning)

Friday: Milder with strong southwesterly winds, gusting to 40mph. Cloudy with rain at times but initially most of the rain is likely to fall in the hills and on exposed southwest-facing areas. Therefore the rain-shadow might come into play again keeping it ‘drier’ around Manchester/west of Oldham. The rain will move on through overnight giving a spell of heavy rain for all. Max 10°C

Weekend: Windy with more rain.

Saturday: Some rain to start. Staying mostly cloudy, odd bright spell during the day with a few showers. Very windy with 45mph gusts. Max 9°C

Sunday: Windy with periods of rain but winds not as strong. Max 9°C

Outlook: Bright spells and showers, come wintry midweek. Remaining breezy. No sign of colder, snowy weather, nor warmer and settled.

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Thanks for reading.

Forecast issued: Wednesday the 19th of February 2020 at 3:50pm

Storm Dennis this Weekend – Thursday 13th February 2020 – Sunday 16th February 2020

Hi all,

Winter hasn’t really delivered much this time around but we made up for that with Storm Ciara and some hail, sleet and snow showers this week. Storm Ciara delivered 2 inches of rain (54.8mm here), localised flooding and widely local wind speeds of 60mph (my highest was 52mph). The highest official gust was recorded at Manchester airport, 86mph, as a squall-line went through around 11am on Sunday. Colder air followed hence the wintry showers and the winds remained strong for a couple of days. Will the stormy conditions continue?

Thursday: Rain and some hill-snow, will have moved on from overnight to be replaced by bright spells and the odd shower. Breezy and feeling cold. Max 7°C

Friday: Milder with strong southwesterly winds. Bright spells for most of the morning with more rain arriving later. Windy. Max 10°C

Weekend: More rain and wind – Storm Dennis

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and dry to start but the weather will go downhill quickly. Winds increasing as another weather system arrives from the Atlantic. Heavy rain expected to continue late-afternoon and evening. Winds gusting to 45-50mph, with a warning in place. Expect quite a bit of rain, some localised flooding possible. Max 11°C

Sunday: Sunshine and showers. Some heavy with hail and thunder. Continuing very windy with 50-55mph gusts leading to some damage with perhaps some 60mph+ gusts for a time overnight. Max 10°C

Outlook: Monday will be a bright day with sunshine and some wintry showers. We will still be feeling the effects of Storm Dennis, so gales or severe gales with 50-55mph gusts, especially in the showers. Less windy during the week but still on the mild side with a few showers.

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Thanks for reading.

Forecast issued: Wednesday the 12th of February 2020 at 6pm
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The Calm Before Storm Ciara – Thursday 6th February 2020 – Sunday 9th February 2020

Hi all,

WOW – that’s January done with already and the stats are in. It was a month delivering below average rainfall (yes you heard that correctly) but much milder conditions than the norm. Now we have a few days of high pressure, literally bringing the ‘calm before the storm’, or will that be storms?

Thursday: High pressure in charge, so a chilly start with some patchy frost and fog. Some sunny spells developing during the day. Dry with light winds. Max 7°C

Friday: The high will start to drift away to the east. We will get through daylight hours dry with bright or sunny spells. Less in the way of fog or mist to start as the southeasterly wind picks up making it feel cold. Rain overnight. Max 6°C

Weekend: The Jet Stream is starting up its engines and there is a big change on the way.

Saturday: There could be a band of rain to start but this will ease away quickly to leave a reasonable day with some sunny spells. The wind will start to swing to a southwesterly and will increase in strength as the day progresses. 40mph gusts possible by evening as it turns cloudy with rain arriving. Max 9°C

Storm Ciara, named by the UK Met Office, arrives Saturday night into Sunday

Sunday: Very windy with heavy rain, followed by frequently blustery showers. It will be very mild early on but turning colder into the evening. Details for Storm Ciara will firm up nearer the time. Currently we are in for gusts of up to 55-70mph with some structural damage possible; but this could downgrade slightly if the position of the low changes. As colder air digs in overnight, the showers will turn wintry, with an increasing risk of snow on the hills. Max 11°C

Outlook: It will remain windy on Monday/Tuesday with wintry showers, so expect rain, hail, sleet, snow and some thunder and lightning. Gusts of 40-50mph still likely during the showers. During the week, there is the potential for another storm to develop, Storm Dennis, so keep your eyes peeled on my updates. Later in the week it looks less cold but unsettled with further spells of rain.

January 2020 Stats

Max 12.3°C (7th)
Min -2.7°C (19th)
Av. 6.0°C
Av. Dew Pt 4.3°C
Wettest 17.4mm (11th)
Av. Humidity 89%
Av. Barometer 1017.2 hPa
Max Gust 41.4mph (13th)
Av. Wind Direction SW
Rain 72.8mm (Av. is 100mm)
Rain Registered Days 24
Dry Days 7
Air Frosts 2

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 5th of February 2020 at 4:05pm

Milder and Windy – Thursday 30th January 2020 – Sunday 2nd February 2020

Hi all,

Not for all of us, but for some of us, snow fell on Tuesday morning. I managed to get up to Dove Stone Reservoir to see my first snowfall of the winter and it’s taken nearly two months to arrive. As this so-called winter has been playing out, the snow was short-lived and most had melted by the time I had walked the 2.8 miles round. The cold spell is over as milder weather returns.

Snow-clouds break after a morning’s snow shower at Dove Stone Reservoir on Tuesday 27/01/2020.
A snowy scene at Dove Stone Reservoir on Tuesday 27/01/2020.
Heavy snow shower at Dove Stone Reservoir on Tuesday 27/01/2020.

Thursday: Breezy with bright spells and just the chance of a shower or two. Feeling mild for the time of year. Max 10°C

Friday: The Atlantic will influence with a cold front pushing a band of rain through followed by showers. Strong southwesterly winds but temperatures into double-figures, so very mild for the time of year. Max 12°C

Weekend: Saturday looks best.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy to start with a few patches of drizzle. Turning drier with a few breaks allowing some sunshine to come through with a few showers, especially in southern parts. Windy and cooler. Max 10°C

Sunday: Wet with rain spreading in, turning showery later. Remaining breezy and relatively mild. Max 10°C

Outlook: Mild and damp at first with some bright spells and showers. Turning chilly midweek with a chance of a northerly wind developing for a time as high pressure builds. This means from midweek; drier, settled conditions with some bright spells by day and a few patches of fog and frost at night.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 29th of January 2020 at 11:45am
Images: Taken by myself

Overcast then some rain – Thursday 23rd January 2020 – Sunday 26th January 2020

Hi all,

A very quiet few days of weather has passed this week, with a new pressure record being set at 1049.75 hPa on Monday, thanks to a huge area of high pressure. Eventually a change later this weekend but still no snow to lower levels in the forecast.

Thursday: Cloudy with limited brightness. Low-cloud on higher ground. Mild for the time of year. Calm winds. Max 9°C

Friday: A weak weather front might slip down from the northwest so perhaps some localised drizzle especially on the hills. Max 8°C

Weekend: Some rain on Sunday.

Saturday: More of the same. Dull start with mostly cloudy skies. It is expected to remain dry but with the breeze picking up later it might allow for the cloud to break and we could see some brightness. Light rain overnight. Max 9°C

Sunday: Patchy rain for the morning, clearing southeastwards with a few showers following on. A little cooler but more in the way of sunshine than recently. Breezy. Max 7°C

Outlook: Heavy rain for Monday and windy too (keeping an eye on this). Temperatures generally 7-9°C with more in the way of showery rain to come during the week. Small chance of the showers being wintry on the Pennines/hills, especially on Tuesday, otherwise no significant cold/snowy weather on the horizon.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 22nd of January 2020 at 09:45am