Festive Period Forecast – Christmas Eve Thursday 24th December 2020 – Bank Holiday Monday 28th December 2020

Hi all,

First off, apologies for the lack of weekly blogs over the past few weeks but at least they are back! Now wouldn’t it be nice to deliver some good news with the current climate – i.e. some snowfall (not everyone’s cup of tea I know) but I can’t promise anything widespread. The best I can offer is there’s a good chance we will see some snowflakes over the coming days and that the weather will feel a bit more seasonal. Winters aren’t what they used to be but it’s nice to have a cold and frosty 25th of December. Look out for some 2020 weather stats soon!

Christmas Eve (Thursday) – A frosty morning with some lovely winter sunshine. Feeling sub-zero throughout the day and breezy at times. Cloud increasing during the day but remaining dry for most with sunny spells (Small chance of a wintry shower in the East during the day). Cold – as it should be for this time of the year. Widespread frost overnight. Max 4°C

Christmas Day (Friday) – High pressure builds from the west so a calm, frosty start with some rural spots down to -4°C. Plenty of sunshine for the morning but cloud will increase from the north-west as a weather front topples over and down through the high pressure. Becoming breezy and milder later in the day and some rain overnight. Max 5°C (occurring much later in the day)

Boxing Day (Saturday) – Back to what we are used to. More mobile weather now as bands of showery rain move south-east with winds increasing quickly. Heavy rain for a time during the evening. Currently we have a weather warning in place (see below) with gusts expected to exceed 50mph quite widely later in the evening and overnight. Milder. Max 8°C

Wind warning spanning 2 days
Weather warning for Boxing Day/Sunday – strong winds

Sunday – A big area of low pressure now dominates our weather and with the Jet Stream slipping South, it means we are in colder air once more. Expect some morning rain, sleet and hill-snow turning to wintry showers as the day progresses, all packing in on keen north-westerly airflow. Much colder and a significant wind-chill. Some lying snow above 300M can’t be ruled out. Max 5°C

A messy picture on Sunday – very windy, cold with wintry showers, snow on the hills

Bank Holiday Monday – Remaining cold with low pressure in charge. Mostly cloudy with a chance of further wintry showers, perhaps the snow won’t just be confined to high ground. One to watch. Max 5°C

Outlook for the rest of 2020: Staying cold with a feed of northerly\north-westerly winds. Some wintry showers but it tends to favour drier weather, some frost at night where cloud breaks. So with colder air remaining, snow can’t be ruled out if anything develops. Looks like it will even stay cold, max temperatures 4-6°C for the first few days of the new year.

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I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and after what has been a year to never forget, for all the wrong reasons, I wish you a better and enjoyable 2021!

Thanks as always for reading,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 23rd of December 2020 at 7:20pm
Images: Met Office & https://wxcharts.com/

Cold with some snow – Thursday 3rd December 2020 – Sunday 6th December 2020

Hi all,

Winter’s only just arrived and we have our first chance of some snowfall, albeit on the Pennines and surrounding hills but it’s a start. No repeat of December 2010 at this point!

Thursday: A cloudy and cold day with bits and pieces of rain or showers. Some of this falling as sleet or wet-snow above 350M and on the Pennines but it’s not expected to amount to much. Max 5°C

Friday: A day to keep an eye on if you’re travelling on the tops. Rain looks set to come in from the east during the day and with cold air in place this is likely to turn to snow. The snow will be mostly confined to above 250M but don’t be surprised to see some sleet and wet-snow to lower-levels at times. Slightly less cold air towards evening will mean the snow-level will rise. Max 4°C

Weekend: Remaining mostly cloudy and slowly drier. Below average temperatures.

Saturday: Any early rain, sleet and Pennine-snow soon fading away. Staying generally cloudy with limited brightness. Cold and a patchy frost likely overnight. Raw breeze. Max 5°C

Sunday: Drier with bright or sunny spells developing. Odd shower. Lighter winds. Max 5°C

Outlook: Slowly it will become less cold with temperatures returning to a maximum of 8°C. A lot of cloud about with some patchy rain/showers. No sign of conditions cold enough to bring a snow-risk.

November 2020 Stats

Max 16.2°C (1st)
Min 1.6°C (23rd)
Av. 8.3°C
Av. Dew Pt 6.3°C
Wettest 13.4mm (15th)
Av. Humidity 88%
Av. Barometer 1016.9 hPa
Max Gust 33.4 mph (1st)
Av. Wind Direction SW
Rain 82.2mm
Rain Registered Days 23
Dry Days 7

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 2nd of December 2020 at 8:40pm

Colder with some Frost and Fog – Thursday 26th November 2020 – Sunday 29th November 2020

Hi all,

Change on the way to colder weather this week and then high pressure takes control to bring some late-Autumn frosts and fog. Almost winter and the talk of significant snow next week according to the social media jokers but I can confirm no sign of that within the next 7 days for sure.

Thursday: Colder air has now reached all parts of the UK feeding down from the NW so we start the day with a frost and even patchy fog. Sunny spells should break through eventually for all leading to a decent day apart from a few showers out to the West. Max 8°C

Friday: High pressure in charge now so light winds means another morning of mist and fog, some of it dense and a frost. The foggy conditions look set to stay for most, even if it lifts into low-cloud it will remain cold and dank. Max 5°C

Weekend: High pressure drifts into Scandinavia leading to a chilly breeze.

Saturday: Likely to start misty and frosty again. Mostly cloudy as the mist lifts but hopefully some bright spells coming through into the afternoon as the south-easterly breeze picks up. Still cold. Max 6°C

Sunday: Patchy frost to start then bright spells. Cloud thickening into the afternoon but it should remain dry. A little less cold. Max 7°C

Outlook: High pressure builds in again from the West so mostly settled and cloudy with a few bright spells. Milder for a time too with the frosty nights disappearing. Towards the back end of the week it could turn colder from the NW with wintry showers.

Thanks for reading.
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 25th of November 2020 at 10am.

Colder but short-lived – Thursday 19th November 2020 – Sunday 22nd November 2020

Hi all,

Winter is fast approaching and we will certainly feel the nip in the air for a short while this week. As the winds drag some colder conditions down from the North, expect some blue sunnier skies but it doesn’t last long as rain and milder temperatures return.

Thursday: A cold and windy start with showers moving south-east. With colder air in place these could be wintry on the Pennines, but they won’t hang around for long. The day will turn dry with plenty of sunny spells. Feeling much colder especially in the wind. Patchy frost for the first half of the night. Max 7°C

A brief plunge of colder air from the North for Thursday

Friday: Thicker cloud now covers the region with rain returning from the West quickly and feeling chilly. Becoming milder by evening. It will turn breezy. Max 11°C

Weekend: Improving slowly.

Saturday: The cloudy picture continues with rain at times adjusting to showers later. Windy and mild. Max 12°C

Sunday: A better day with sunny spells and the odd shower. Breezy and feeling cooler. Max 10°C

Outlook: Disappointing really. A lot of cloud with some patchy rain at times. Often breezy and temperatures around normal, 8-11°C. Hints of something brighter but colder towards the end of the week.

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Thanks for reading.
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 18th of November 2020 at 16:40.
Image: http://www.netweather.tv

Turning Unsettled Once Again – Thursday 12th November 2020 – Sunday 15th November 2020

Hi all,

We have entered Lockdown 2 and the weather hasn’t offered much in the way of activity, boring some might say. As this week progresses we do see more in the way of movement with rain and wind returning. With only three weeks to go until winter, there is also no sign of any early cold snap with our weather staying mostly on the mild side with no frosts.

Thursday: Showers to start, moving away sharply to be replaced by sunny spells. Breezy and cooler. Cloudier later in the afternoon and showers by evening. Max 11°C

Friday: Overnight rain should be out of the way early leaving a day of bright or sunny spells. Odd shower possible. Breezy. Max 10°C

Weekend: Plenty of rain and showers.

Saturday: Any bright spells fading fast as rain arrives and low pressure takes hold. Rain turning showery later and a windy day. Milder. Max 14°C

A weekend of bands of rain followed by showers

Sunday: The Jet Stream is back controlling the weather so breezy with frequent showers throughout the day. Cool. Max 12°C

Outlook: Bright spells and a few showers to start then high pressure has a chance to start to build to our south, slowing the progress of the Jet Stream. This means we become more settled and again drift into a ‘boring’ spell of mild weather.

October 2020 Stats

Max 16.6°C (20th)
Min 3.1°C (13th)
Av. 9.4°C
Av. Dew Pt 7.4°C
Wettest 27.6mm (3rd)
Av. Humidity 87%
Av. Barometer 1007.3 hPa
Max Gust 33.4mph (31st)
Av. Wind Direction WSW
Rain 155.4mm
Rain Registered Days  24
Dry Days 7

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Thanks for reading.
Jon 

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 11th of November 2020 at 8:55pm
Image: http://www.netweather.tv

Several Severe Weather Warnings in force – Thursday 29th October 2020 – Sunday 1st November 2020

Hi all,

We’ve had typical autumnal weather this week with breezy conditions and rain at times and it’s not going to get any better in the short-term. If anything, worse.

**3 Severe Weather warnings in place** – Thursday 9am, pretty much all the way through to Sunday 23:59.

Thu/Fri: Met Office warning for heavy rain affecting the region. Further warnings on Twitter, @ChadWeather.

Thursday: You might be lucky to start dry but rain, heavy at times will arrive from the southwest. It will be breezy at times and with this airflow comes not only a lot moisture but milder air. Max 14°C

A wet Thursday with the highest totals on the hills

Friday: Rain continuing on and off for the day as pulses arrive from the southwest. A very mild day and remaining breezy. Max 15°C

Weekend: Very windy with further showers.

Saturday: Cloudy with rain spreading east during the day followed by showers. Winds increasing with gale-force gusts likely. Mild once again. Max 15°C

Sunday: Yep you’ve guessed it, another area of rain from the west swings through but this time quickly with bright spells and showers following. Turning cooler and very windy with 35-40mph gusts. Max 12°C

Around 2 inches of rain, locally more, between now and Monday.

Outlook: Wet and windy to start but high pressure has the chance to build to our southwest from midweek turning the weather more settled, calmer and drier. We’ll certainly need it after a week of rain with localised flooding possible.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest.

Thanks,

Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 28th of October 2020 at 5:20pm.

Images: Met Office and http://www.wxcharts.com.

Spells of Rain – Thursday 22nd October 2020 – Sunday 25th October 2020

Hi all,

Halfway through autumn, and so far quite a wet one but with little happening over the past week. We’ve been stuck with stubborn cloud this week and mostly mild temperatures which peaked at 16.6°C on Tuesday. So, anything significant on the horizon? Let’s see…

Thursday: A mostly overcast day with some showery rain around during the morning. It will tend to dry up for the remainder of the day, possibly brighter before dusk, and feel cooler than recently. Max 12°C

Friday: A band of rain will move from west to east during the morning and early afternoon. Brighter and drier for the evening. Cool. Max 11°C

Weekend: Unsettled.

Saturday: Much milder once again but with strong southwesterly winds. A dry morning is expected but cloud will thicken into the afternoon with rain expected later and overnight. Max 16°C

Sunday: Further spells of rain turning showery later and becoming cooler as a cold front moves through. Still breezy. Max 12°C

Outlook: The Jet Stream looks set to be over or close to the UK so expect further spells of rain with bright spells and showers in between. Windy at times too. So, typical autumnal weather but no sign of anything particularly cold for the time of year.

Don’t forget the clocks go back one hour on Sunday morning at 2am. The darker evenings are here.

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Thanks as always for reading.
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 21st of October 2020 at 4:35pm.

Mostly Cloudy and Quiet… for now – Thursday 15th October 2020 – Sunday 18th October 2020

Hi all,

After a few weeks of unsettled weather, and quite a bit of rainfall, the weather is going to settle down for a while. Unfortunately a lot of cloud to come and a cool-feel to boot.

Thursday: High pressure close by will mean plenty of dry weather with some bright spells. A fresh north-easterly wind. Chance of an isolated shower early and then late-afternoon/evening. Max 11°C

Friday: Little change, if anything more cloud feeding in from the east but generally dry once more after a cold start. Any breaks in the cloud overnight allowing temperatures to drop away. Max 11°C

Weekend: Mainly Overcast.

Saturday: A generally cloudy day, some low-cloud on the hills which could produce the odd pocket of drizzle. Otherwise quiet with little going on. Max 12°C

Sunday: No change. Feeling cool at times under a lot of cloud. Max 11°C

Outlook: Not much difference for most of Monday but as the wind swings more to the south, or southwest it will be slightly milder with rain lurking out west. Turning wet after that, especially midweek onwards and then cooler later in the week.

As we approach mid-October here are some of the latest stats for the month.

Max. Temp: 14.8°C
Min. Temp: 3.1°C
Total Rainfall: 94.2mm

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued on Wednesday the 14th of October at 6:20pm

Improvements by the Weekend – Thursday 8th October 2020 – Sunday 11th October 2020

Hi all,

I’m back for my usual weekly blog. No time last week but I’m here with the standard four-day outlook to help plan your weekend. Also, the stats for September are out.

Thursday: Cloudy with rain for the first part of the morning which will creep away southeastwards before lunch. Bright spells eventually following on behind. Max 13°C

Friday: Perhaps a dry start but brief as more rain arrives from the west hanging around for most of the day. Slightly drier towards evening and turning colder. Max 11°C

Weekend: Chilly but better.

Saturday: Breezy with a cold north to northwesterly wind which will bring the odd shower, especially in the west. Otherwise bright spells and a chilly night with a touch of ground-frost. Max 11°C

Sunday: Sunny spells but still a fresh steady breeze. Max 11°C

Outlook: Some rain expected on Monday then a few days of drier conditions with sunny spells. Looks likely to be unsettled again by the time we reach the weekend. Temperatures a little below normal with a cool breeze.

September 2020 Stats

Max 26.8°C (15th)
Min 2.5°C (28th)
Av. 13.0°C
Av. Dew Pt 9.5°C
Wettest 15.8mm (30th)
Av. Humidity 81%
Av. Barometer 1017.5 hPa
Max Gust 27.6 mph (25th)
Av. Wind Direction W
Rain 49.2mm
Rain Registered Days 14
Dry Days 16

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest weather forecasts and if you want to keep up with the live weather conditions then follow @OldhamWxStats.

Thanks for reading.
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 7th of October 2020 at 4:50pm.

Sunny Weekend – Thursday 24th September 2020 – Sunday 27th September 2020

Hi all,

Autumn is here and despite some rain to start this forecast the following days look quite decent with some overnight chills.

Thursday: A band of rain will move through during the morning followed by scattered showers and some bright spells. Cool and breezy. Max 13°C

Friday: A cool start then sunny spells breaking through. More cloud to the east and a nagging northerly wind. Max 13°C

Weekend: Dry with decent spells of sunshine.

Saturday: A ground-frost to start then sunny spells and lighter winds. Feeling pleasant in the sunshine. Max 13°C

Sunday: Very similar and after the cold start more sunshine on offer. Perhaps cloudier to the east at times. Max 14°C

Outlook: Showery rain moving east on Monday then the rest of the week is currently uncertain and depends on the position of the Jet Stream; so look our for updates later this week.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

As always, thanks for reading.

Cheers,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 23rd of September 2020 at 9:05pm