Enjoy Thursday’s Sunshine as Cloud Returns – Thursday 20th January 2022 – Sunday 23rd January 2022

Hi all,

We have seen high pressure after high pressure mostly in charge of our weather. During winter this can mean fog and frost and we’ve certainly seen a few of those conditions recently.

The disappointing side has been some persistent cloud topping over the high pressure from the north-west, becoming trapped across the region leading to cold, dank days.

Where sunshine has made an appearance we have had some wonderful winter sunshine. Looking at the forecast and outlook, I suspect February will be payback for all the uneventful weather.

Middle Naden Reservoir – Wednesday had some lovely sunny skies once the cold-front cleared.

So far in January we have only recorded 31.4mm of rain, way below the average and with little rainfall to come, this will turn out to be a very dry month.

Thursday: A frosty start then a decent day with sunny spells developing. Breezy the further west you are. Feeling chilly. Max 5°C

Friday: After a frosty start it looks like the sunshine won’t match Thursday as cloud topples in from the north-west again. Signs of us falling back into a pattern that we saw last week. Light winds and remaining dry, best of any sunshine in the east. Max 6°C

Weekend: Little change.

Saturday: A mostly cloudy day with limited brightness. Some areas seeing misty conditions throughout. Just the chance of some drizzle or light rain where cloud is at its thickest. Max 6°C

Sunday: A little cooler with the risk of some fog patches which could last all day. Due to the cloud-cover being mostly overcast again, frost unlikely. Max 5°C

Monday & the rest of the week: The stationary weather conditions continues with high pressure still controlling our weather. Due to a lot of cloud, frosts will be patchy or limited, and daytime sunny spells at a premium. Temperatures around or just above normal. No sign of any significant cold or snow, certainly not in January. The signs are there for rain and wind to return as we enter February, which I’m sure will be more of a mobile, eventful month weather-wise.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 19th of January 2022 at 8:45pm.

Foggy & Very Limited Rainfall for the Foreseeable – Thursday 13th January 2022 – Sunday 16th January 2022

Hi all,

What we need now is dry weather and a good spell of it, after recent bouts of rain, sleet and snow. It’s time to give our gardens and sport pitches a breather! And I have welcome news!

High pressure is set to dominate the weather for the foreseeable, so although to a weatherman the outlook is quite uneventful, we will need to look out for a few hazards. Some areas saw sunshine this week but now it seems the cloud and dense fog will take over.

Thursday: A misty or foggy start and where any clear skies have developed it will also be a frosty start. Sunny spells developing in places, but not for all, as some unlucky few stay stuck under fog or low-cloud all day. Max 5°C but more like 1°C where it stays foggy.

Friday: Very little change, if anything the fog could well be more widespread, therefore sunshine limited and feeling chilly. But importantly, dry with light winds. Max 4°C

Weekend: Dry and misty.

Very little to no rainfall to come over the next 7 days

Saturday: Cold but perhaps a bit more of a breeze as this high pressure slips away. Still the risk of fog and a dry and mostly cloudy day. If we can increase the breeze a bit then hopefully the cloud breaks and some brightness sneaks through, but this doesn’t seem likely. Max 4°C

Sunday: It looks like another high pressure will build in from the west to replace the one slipping away. With it, more of a westerly flow, so not as cold and hopefully less in the way of fog. More dry weather though so we can’t grumble although a nearby weakening weather-front could pop-up a shower. Max 7°C

Outlook: Very boring with a lot of settled weather. High pressure looks set to be around for the whole week, so the dry conditions continue, mostly cloudy skies with a bit of brightness. Any breaks overnight allowing for some frost/fog. Very little fluctuation in daytime (6°C) and night-time temperatures (2°C). Hints of something a little colder from the North later in the week.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 12th of January 2022 at 8:50pm

Snow on the way – Thursday 6th January 2022 – Sunday 9th January 2022

Hi all,

Happy New Year to everyone. All the best for 2022 and hopefully a better year all round for us all.

After a cold start to December we ended it very mild with temperatures locally up to 15°C. It was the 5th mildest December in the last 10 years so nothing extreme either way.

Stats for the whole year vs. previous years coming soon…

A widespread harsh frost to start Thursday.

Thursday: A cold start with a widespread frost. Sunny spells for a time then cloud thickening. Rain, sleet and hill-snow will move east from around lunchtime. Snow amounts small but a couple of cms above 250M possible before it turns to rain and it turns slightly milder. Warning in place for the hills/Pennines. Max 5°C

A wedge of less cold air on Thursday afternoon.

Overnight Thursday into Friday: Turning colder again with showers becoming frequent and turning increasingly wintry. Warning in place.

Warning for Snow: Overnight Thursday into Friday morning.

Friday: Potential for some hefty snow showers for some during the morning. Some of the wintry showers falling as hail and sleet. The afternoon will tend to dry up as showers ease. Breezy and feeling sub-zero. Max 4°C

Snow showers expected on Friday morning. Accumulations of several cms possible; more on the hills.

Weekend: Rain returns.

Saturday: Cloudy with pulses of heavy rain arriving from the west. Perhaps some brief sleet/wet-snow for the hills. All this will turn more showery into the evening. Breezy and turning milder. Max 7°C

Periods of heavy rain pushing in on Saturday, as less cold air returns once again.

Sunday: Any morning showers easing and a drier day but mostly cloudy. Windy. Patchy rain arriving towards evening. Max 6°C

Outlook: Very mild for a time on Monday with temperatures into double-figures again. High pressure looks set to build this week, so plenty of dry weather. A lot of cloud though so frosts limited and temperatures above normal, 7-9°C.

High pressure eventually builds in next week.

December 2021 Stats

Max 13.3°C (30th)
Min -0.7°C (19th)
Av. 5.6°C
Wettest 25.2mm (8th)
Av. Humidity 90%
Av. Barometer 1011.7 hPa
Max Gust 34.5mph (7th)
Av. Wind Direction SW
Rain 128mm (102% of average)
Rain Registered Days 25
Dry Days 6
Snow Falling Days 5

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 5th of January 2022 at 7:05pm.

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A cold and windy Christmas Day – Thursday 23rd December 2021 – Boxing Day 26th December 2021

Hi all,

Finally the Christmas week blog. If you follow weather on social media, you will have seen the debates, and flip-flop model outputs, of a mild Christmas vs. a cold potentially snowy Christmas for days and days now. For snow-lovers; close but no cigar.

If you were hoping for a sledge or snowball fight on Christmas Day then look away now. Save those thoughts for the New Year! A standard UK winter lies ahead over the festive period.

Thursday: Cloudy and a milder day across the region after two quite cold days. Bands of patchy rain and drizzle moving north-east during the day. Max 10°C

Christmas Eve: Remaining mild for the time of year and again generally cloudy. Some rain arriving later in the day and overnight. Winds increasing. Max 8°C

Weekend: Colder but not the snowy Christmas we (some) wanted.

Christmas Day: A cold easterly wind which will be quite strong and gusty. Overcast with rain, patchy at times, easing. Another band of rain later. Winds gusting to 30mph and making it feel close to 0°C. High up, on the Pennines for example, there could well be the odd flake of wet-snow mixed in. Remember, only one flake makes it a White Christmas. Max 5°C

850 hPa temps (1.5km above sea-level) – Not quite in the cold air for Christmas Day

Boxing Day: Little change expected; cloudy with some light rain. The battle of cold air to the north-east and milder air to the south-west remains locked. It will feel chilly but we’re not exactly in the colder airmass. Max 6°C

Outlook: It looks like the milder air will eventually win out and it will become unsettled with spells of rain and wind. Temperatures slipping into double-figures to end 2021.

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

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2022!

Thanks for all your tweets, photos and kind words this year.


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 22nd of December 2021 at 4:20pm.
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Finally, a dry spell, but sunshine a rarity, as it slowly becomes colder – Thursday 16th December 2021 – Sunday 19th December 2021

Hi all,

What a poor start to December with 77.4mm of rain already fallen here at HQ (higher in the hills) – that’s 127% of the average for the first 15 days of the month. We desperately need dry weather and that is certainly what the outlook brings.

High pressure is now going to take charge of our weather and hold off our normal Atlantic-influenced weather that brings rain and wind-storms. The high pressure is set to become strong and very stubborn to shift and looks set to hang around for a good while, even up to Christmas Day. High pressure can bring plenty of dry weather as we know, but also a lot of sunny skies in summer, when the sun is strong enough to burn through any persistent cloud. Unfortunately we’re at that time of the year when the sun’s strength is at its lowest. Coupled with this, is the position of the expanding high pressure, meaning that we will start to import a lot of cloud from the North Sea on a easterly, occasionally veering north-easterly or south-easterly wind. A ‘cloud-high’ awaits, also known as anticyclonic gloom, or as I call it boring weather!

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with any brightness favouring the east. Mild for the time of year. 11°C

Friday: Cloudy with a misty start in places. Dry but a little cooler than recently with any brightness in the west. Max 8°C

Weekend: Widespread cloud-cover with misty conditions.

High pressure taking charge of the weather

Saturday: Remaining cloudy and dull with more mist or fog expected, which could linger in a few spots all day. Max 7°C

Sunday: Temperatures beginning to fall away with yet more overcast skies and misty conditions. Max 6°C

Monday: Starting to feel quite cold now with an easterly airflow. Little change is expected in the conditions, overcast and misty. Max 5°C

Outlook: The stagnant pattern is set to continue. Depending on the location of the high, we could see it become colder with temperatures only a few degrees above freezing. Any breaks in the cloud would allow for daytime brightness and frosts overnight. The general theme is dry but cloud could be thick enough for localised drizzle or snow flurries.

Christmas Day: Currently looking dry, mostly overcast and cold. Any breaks in the cloud will allow for a frosty start. Temperatures close to 4°C as a maximum; whether it is cloudy and cold enough for those snow flurries is still debatable but this would be enough for a White Christmas. No sign of a ‘snow bomb’ just yet 😉 but even colder air is lurking to our E/NE which we could eventually tap into. All to play for if you’re a proper-cold lover.

The days between Christmas and New Year look interesting as the Atlantic tries to comeback into play, bringing areas of low pressure and the normal pattern we are used to. But, with cold air in place, and perhaps the stubborn high still around, a battleground could commence with snow possible on any weather-fronts making inroads, even if it’s temporary, before the rain and wind return. Certainly one to watch, which us weather folk are already talking about.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 15th of December 2021 at 5:25pm
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Storm Barra fades, milder and drier conditions ahead – Thursday 9th December 2021 – Sunday 12th December 2021

Hi all,

Another eventful week with plenty of rain, wind and some hill-snow. The second named-storm of the season, Storm Barra, brought ferocious winds to parts of Ireland and gale-force gusts to our region followed by a lot of rainfall, 22mm alone today.

We have certainly missed the worst of these storms and typically this is weather we are used to in winter. Storm Barra filled (lost intensity) quickly on Wednesday but its position meant we were subject to bouts of rain, hail, sleet and hill-snow on a strong WNW wind. Any dry days ahead? We certainly need some as it’s rained or snowed the last 10 out of 11 days.

Thursday: Cloudy with any showers easing then bright spells. Much-improved on Wednesday but some rain returning towards evening. Chilly. Max 6°C

Friday: A cool NW’ly airflow with some scattered wintry showers and bright spells. Max 6°C

Weekend: Some rain as temperatures rise.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy but dry to start. Patchy rain spreading across the region later in the morning and into the afternoon. Max 7°C

Sunday: Another cloudy day with some patchy light rain or drizzle. Much milder than recently as we return to double-figure temperatures for the first time in 3 weeks (20th November). Max 13°C

Outlook: Further patchy rain on Monday and mild but thereafter high pressure looks set to build, settling the week down to mostly cloudy skies, dry weather with a cool breeze. Temperatures dropping back to normal. No sign of a cold snap before Christmas.

Just for Fun: I’ll take a punt that Christmas will be milder-than-average, cloudy and mostly dry. Still 17 days to go so plenty of time to change

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 8th of December 2021 at 6:40pm
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Remaining chilly to start Winter – Thursday 2nd December 2021 – Sunday 5th December 2021

Hi all,

Well what a week of weather that was. The first named-storm of the season, Storm Arwen, arrived (Friday night) bringing locally severe gale-force gusts, an inch of rain, then much colder, Arctic air followed with a surprising snow event on the Sunday.

We certainly escaped the extreme winds that Arwen delivered. These were felt to our NE and SW with some local amateur weather stations in exposed elevated locations recording over 100mph. From Oldham council’s collection of weather stations, the highest gust was on Windy Hill at 58.4mph. We got off lightly.

As I wrote my blog a week ago and even a day before the weekend, it was looking like Sunday would be the calm after the storm with plenty of blue skies and sunshine but the day’s forecast changed quickly. A small feature developed during Saturday, to the NW of Scotland, with a possible SE’ly track which meant sleet or snow was now in the forecast for Sunday.

Even going into Saturday night it was unclear how much precipation would fall and what the actual track would be. Some computer models, notably the one the Met Office use, did not have this on their radar for us. Sunday dawned and a few computer models forecast the system very well and the wintry feature tracked SE.

By Sunday morning it was clear that we were in for several hours of snow (sleet and rain if you were much further W). It snowed quite heavily at times and between 11am and 3:30pm, with a total of 5cm accumulating here in Chadderton. Not bad considering the models, that did forecast the event, were suggesting 1-3cm. And all this still in Autumn.

In fact Sunday, November the 28th, was the coldest November day I have ever recorded with a maximum of +0.1C, almost an ice day. What followed for the evening was light winds, clear skies and plummeting temperatures, aided by the snow-cover. It then turned out to be the coldest November night I have ever recorded too, at -6.3C; values that will take some beating in winter itself.

My walk down Rochdale canal started dry but ended snowy – Sunday (28/11)
A snowy Chadderton Hall Park – Sunday (28/11)
Time to take the sledge out – Sunday (28/11)
It was a bitter Monday morning (29/11) with temperatures down to -7°C widely and -10°C in parts of Lancashire
Ashton-under-Lyne in the snow on Monday morning (29/11)

Thursday: Arctic air is back in place with a widespread frost to start and icy patches. Plenty of sunny spells on offer with a keen wind. Cloud arriving later in the day with a spell of rain overnight (perhaps a little sleet or wet-snow on the tops briefly). Milder overnight. Max 4°C Min 1°C

Friday: Rain moves away to be replaced by mostly cloudy conditions and although most will be dry, some patchy light rain/drizzle will be around. Max 8°C Min 4°C

Weekend: Colder again.

Saturday: Early rain replaced by bright spells and frequent wintry showers, falling as snow on the hills. Feeling cold in a gusty NW’ly. Max 6°C Min 0°C

Sunday: Windy but dry with sunny spells. That N’ly breeze making it feel cold once again. Frosty after dark. Max 5°C Min -2°C

Outlook: Favourable to stay on the cold side with showers at times, which will be wintry in places, more so on the hills. Some models hint at a day (maybe Tuesday) of very windy weather followed by a respite then more rain/hill-snow. Certainly an unsettled and changeable week.

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

Thanks for reading as always,

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 1st of December 2021 at 8:55pm

Featured Photo: Chadderton Hall Park on Sunday (28/11)

Risk of snow and strong winds as an early taste of winter bites – Thursday 25th November 2021 – Sunday 28th November 2021

Hi all,

All eyes on the weather this weekend as it turns colder, windier and in places wintry. Although we will escape the worst of the elements, it’s still a taster of the change of seasons. Will we see some snow? I’m expecting some to fall but more so on the hills where it could settle for a short period. With the ground still ‘warm’ at this time of year, settling snow doesn’t normal hang around long in areas away from elevation.

Thursday: A lovely day with plenty of sunshine after a frosty start. Feeling cold in the breeze. Cloud, wind and rain arriving later (overnight). Max 6°C

Friday: A deep area of low pressure will be swinging down from the NW which will bring the early rain. Colder air will dig in and the rain will turn showery. These showers will turn increasingly wintry especially over the hills (>300M), falling as sleet and snow. Hail is also expected with perhaps a rumble of thunder. Windy especially during the showers. A spell of rain and hill-snow possible overnight. Max 7°C

Weekend: Cold with a biting wind.

Saturday: During the early hours rain with some hill-snow (watch Twitter for updates) will move in, quickly clearing to plenty of sunny spells during the morning. A scattering of wintry showers for the afternoon. Most notable will be the bitter, sub-zero wind-chill. There is a weather warning in place for strong and gusty winds; 40mph widely but 55mph can’t be ruled out in exposed places. Raw day. Max 5°C

Sunday: Despite the breeze the day will start frosty with some icy patches. A mostly dry day with plenty of sunshine but very cold. Max 4°C

Outlook: Turning milder into Monday with rain, preceded by hill-snow. Tuesday should see us back up to double-figure temperatures with further rain. Colder later in the week with wintry showers returning.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 24 of November 2021 at 8:15pm.

Colder Weather ahead – Thursday 18th November 2021 – Sunday 21st November 2021

Hi all,

Autumn is drawing to a close and with winter approaching everyone’s daily weather chat turns to when will it snow; especially after the annual media articles begin to circulate about snowfall and plummeting temperatures. Truth be had, it is very hard to predict snowfall accurately in the UK, more than 5 days ahead, even 3 days in some cases. Our complex weather set-up can see the potential for snow and cold in the coming days, but, like the butterfly effect, a minor shift in the weather systems can mean a cold plunge from the Arctic, gets shifted into mainland Europe. You will be surprised how often this happens in winter and our hopes of some snowy scenes are dashed as milder Atlantic air takes hold. With winter a couple of weeks away, it is looking like the end of November will see it turn much colder and perhaps wintry, but this is subject to change for the very reasons mentioned above.

Thursday: Cloudy, very mild and breezy. The cloud might be thick enough for some local drizzle/light rain during the morning and low-cloud on the hills. Max 14°C

Friday: Still very mild with a south-westerly airflow feeding in around a high pressure. This high means it will be mostly dry but cloudy with some bright spells. Max 14°C

Weekend: Eventually colder and sunnier.

Saturday: Another mostly cloudy day with some brightness. Light rain is expected late-evening and overnight as a weather-front moves in. Max 12°C

Sunday: A cold-front will have moved through the region introducing colder air from the north-northwest but plenty of sunny spells after a ground-frost to start. Odd shower can’t be ruled out, which could be wintry on the highest hills. Max 7°C

Monday: A dry day with plenty of sunny or bright spells on offer. The day is likely to have started with a touch of frost and some isolated mist or fog patches. Max 8°C

Outlook: A lot of dry weather with high pressure close by to our west. Cloudy spells at times but equally some sunny spells. Cold nights with some frost where clear spells last the longest. Towards the end of the week it looks like low pressure will arrive disrupting the settled conditions. The position of the low, i.e. what wind direction we encounter, is uncertain. Just favourable is a cold air-mass, so we would be likely to see bright spells and wintry showers. So, just as we near winter, some sleet or snow showers, especially on the higher ground, becomes a possibility. No sign of the -11°C and widespread snowfall that those media articles promote though – just a standard late-Autumn/early-Winter cold-snap.

For daily weather forecasts and updates follow @ChadWeather on Twitter.

Thanks for reading.


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 17th of November 2021 at 5:25pm

Colder next week? – Thursday 11th November 2021 – Sunday 14th November 2021

Hi all,

November is turning out to be a mild month despite a couple of frosty mornings and a chilly start. This mild theme will continue but there were some hints at something colder, perhaps from the Arctic, into the latter part of the month but latest computer models suggest the Atlantic pattern will win out and we stick to relatively mild southwesterly winds.

Thursday: A brief ridge of high pressure so dry with bright spells for the morning. Cloud thickening later in the day with a few showers out west. Max 12°C

Friday: Low pressure out to the west will move in, so becoming breezy with patchy rain here and there. A little milder. Max 13°C

Weekend: Generally settled.

Saturday: Cloudy with limited brightness but it should remain dry. A light northerly breeze. Max 12°C

Sunday: Little change. Mostly overcast with some brightness, especially west-facing areas as the wind turns easterly but remains light. Max 12°C

Outlook: Generally a lot of cloud but mostly dry as high pressure centres over mainland Europe. As the week progresses the weather will become wetter and windier as the Atlantic influence returns. Temperatures around average. No sign of the snowfall some of the media keep ‘predicting’ and even frosts will be lacking.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 10th of November 2021 at 10:05pm