Heatwave to end – Thursday 13th August 2020 – Sunday 16th August 2020

Hi all,

August didn’t start well but it certainly heated up and felt a lot more like summer even with the localised thundery downpours. Most people to the southeast of the Midlands, have been having a heatwave for over a week now. We only hit heatwave status on Monday as we touched the 25°C threshold and remained in that for the two days that followed, but it is now coming to an end. It’s been far too humid for my liking (head is pounding) and even though it will be getting cooler, it will still be quite muggy.

**Don’t forget your sun-cream – UV levels still high**

Thursday: It’s looking a slightly cloudy start, especially in the east, with sunny spells developing during the day. Less hot and a nice breeze developing. It’s looking mostly dry with the risk of thunderstorms quite low, but never say never. Max 25°C

Friday: Cloud will spill in from the east but will slowly break up during the day. Bright or sunny spells best in the west. Again, a small risk of a thunderstorm but it’s looking mostly dry. Humid and a little cooler. Max 23°C

Weekend: Scattered showers and a touch humid.

Saturday: A lot of cloud-cover but a few bright spells will sneak through. Generally a drier picture but isolated showers can’t be ruled out. Max 21°C

Sunday: Sunshine and showers, again some thundery, with the chance of showers more likely than yesterday. Max 20°C

Outlook: Bright or sunny spells and with mostly light winds the showers will be slow-moving. Temperatures back to average (18-20°C).

July 2020 Stats

Max 31.6°C (31st)
Min 7.2°C (12th)
Av. 14.1°C
Av. Dew Pt 10.9°C
Wettest 18.4mm (27th)
Av. Humidity 82%
Av. Barometer 1016 hPa
Max Gust 34.5 mph (5th)
Av. Wind Direction W
Rain 103.8mm (130% of average)
Rain Registered Days 24
Dry Days 7

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 12th of August 2020 at 4:35pm

Unsettled then improving next week – Thursday 2nd July 2020 – Sunday 5th July 2020

Hi all,

Meh. June might have had a brief ‘heatwave’ and reached 30°C but it delivered a lot of rain, 170% of the monthly average, mostly coming from thundery downpours, and overall was disappointing. Here’s July and although it’s a new month, there’s little change in our weather for now…..

As always at this time of the year when sunny – HIGH UV LEVELS – Wear sun-cream.

Thursday: Rain to start, pushing away to the south and turning showery. Bright spells later and drier towards evening. Max 18°C

Friday: Cloud thickening throughout the day with rain slowly spreading in, with some heavy bursts. Becoming windy with extensive hill-fog. Max 16°C

Weekend: Still unsettled.

Low pressure drives the weekend weather

Saturday: A band of rain moving southeast to be replaced by a few showers and the odd bright spell. Breezy. Max 17°C

Sunday: A windy day with scattered showers and some bright or sunny spells in between. Max 18°C

Outlook: It looks like high pressure will slowly edge in from the southwest (just) settling the weather down. So drier and brighter with sunny spells breaking out as the week progresses. Temperatures a little disappointing at first but then recovering to around 20°C towards the end of the week. With areas of rain to the northwest we might see some breezy days but we will live with that after recent conditions.

June 2020 Stats

Max 30.0°C (25th)
Min 6.3°C (5th)
Av. 14.6°C
Av. Dew Pt 10.3°C
Wettest 39.8mm (16th)
Av. Humidity 77%
Av. Barometer 1012.7 hPa
Max Gust 39.1mph
Av. Wind Direction WSW
Rain 132.6mm
Rain Registered Days 19
Dry Days 11

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 1st of July 2020 at 7:40pm
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Thunderstorms easing and turning fresher – Thursday 18th June 2020 – Sunday 21st June 2020

Hi all,

Well that was a lively few days as isolated thunderstorms delivered record-breaking rainfall and flash-flooding. We’ve certainly made up for a dry few months but that said, not everywhere saw these storms and remain desperate for some rain.

Record-breaking yesterday as the afternoon storm dropped 23.2mm in 53 minutes – the highest rainfall total in any 1-hour period (4:06pm-4:59pm). I have records since August 2012. 14.8mm of that fell in just 17 mins (4:07pm-4:24pm). Then the evening’s storm (total 13mm) at its peak, dropped 8mm in 8 mins!!

Lightning in Chadderton during Tuesday evening’s storm

Thursday: A band of rain will move northwest across the region, arriving early-morning. This will hang around for most of the day. Perhaps the odd rumble of thunder but this is a more general area of rain, rather than isolated developing thunderstorms. Still humid. Max 18°C

Friday: A better day all round, plenty of sunny spells on offer, but still some isolated showers for the afternoon, which again could be thundery and beefy. Warm. Max 20°C

Weekend: Turning fresher.

Saturday: Sunny spells becoming bright spells as cloud thickens from the west. Rain will arrive later but not expected until overnight. Becoming breezy. Max 20°C

A cold front will bring rain overnight on Saturday and introduce fresher air for Sunday

Sunday: Early rain moves on then sunny spells developing. Still warm but we will have lost the humid air so feeling fresher. Windy. Max 19°C

Outlook: Looks to settle down as long as high pressure can build from the south-west. Plenty of warm sunny spells, perhaps becoming very warm for a day or so midweek. Overall drier.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 17th of June 2020 at 1:45pm
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Becoming humid – Thursday 11th June 2020 – Sunday 14th June 2020

Hi all,

It’s been a bit of an unsettled week, something we haven’t been used to since lockdown began but at least we’ve had some welcome rain (27.2mm this month). Warmer air is on its way back.

Thursday: A cloudy morning with some showers pushing in from the east. It will tend to be a drier and brighter afternoon but rain back late-evening. Feeling warmer despite it being particularly windy with 35mph gusts. Max 17°C

Friday: Remaining windy with some morning showers pushing away. Bright spells follow and it will start to feel a little humid. Max 19°C

Weekend: Muggy and warm with winds easing. Risk of a storm.

Saturday: Any early heavy rain moves away to the north then warm sunny spells develop and not as windy as recently. Winds will start to shift southeasterly and it will become humid and with this muggy air, a few hefty showers or even thunderstorms could arrive for the evening or even late-afternoon. Max 21°C

Dew points on the rise meaning it will feel muggy and humid this weekend

Sunday: Overall a drier day for most with just a scattering of showers. Still warm and humid (perhaps not as much as Saturday) with some sunny spells. Most likely to be the best day of the weekend. Max 22°C

Outlook: Mostly settled at first with warm bright spells and the odd shower. Temperatures around 20°C. General thinking after that is, warm, a little humid at times with a risk of downpours/thunderstorms.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 10th of June at 6:25pm
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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

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
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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

Lovely Weekend Ahead – Thursday 16th January 2020 – Sunday 19th January 2020

Hi all,

It’s been a mild, windy and quite wet start to January, so we will be thankful of this weekend’s weather. We are now halfway through winter and I’m still waiting for my snow fix. Surely it’s got to come soon?

Thursday: A bright start with a few sunny spells. Winds increasing and cloud thickening into the afternoon as rain arrives from the west. Milder. Max 10°C

Friday:  The odd bright spell but generally it’s a day of showers moving in from the west/northwest. With this airflow comes cooler temperatures once again. Patchy frost and ice overnight. Max 7°C

Weekend: A refreshing change. Sunny, frosty and dry.


Frost makes an appearance this weekend

Saturday: High pressure builds so a dry day with sunny spells. Cool in the northwesterly breeze. Frosty overnight. Max 6°C

Sunday: Another dry day with plenty of sunny spells. Perfect winter’s day. Patchy frost to come overnight. Max 7°C

Outlook: Dry with bright spells and more in the way of cloud for Monday-Wednesday as the high pressure slowly slips away. Cloud-cover should prevent a frost at night. From Thursday winds will increase from the west as the Atlantic returns bringing some rain in time for the end of the working week and the weekend. STILL, no sign of any proper winter-cold or snowfall.

Average January Temperatures – highlights how mild this year has been so far

2013: 3.3°C
2014: 5.2°C
2015: 3.9°C
2016: 5.3°C
2017: 4.3°C
2018: 4.4°C
2019: 3.7°C

2020 (up to 14th): 6.5°C

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 15th of January 2020 at 12:30pm

Windy, mostly mild – Thursday 9th January 2020 – Sunday 12th January 2020

Hi all,

December was another wet month but it did end on a slightly drier and milder note. The questions on everyone’s lips are, ‘When will winter start?’ and ‘Where’s our snow?’. The wait continues…..

Thursday: Windy with a band of rain followed by the odd shower. Remaining mostly cloudy. Winds easing later. Max 9°C

Friday: A cold start with some patchy frost likely. A dry day with sunny spells. The breeze picking up later and cloud thickening. Cooler. Max 7°C

Weekend: Topsy-turvy temperatures and windy.

Saturday: A cloudy dry start then rain arriving from the west later. Very mild with strong southwesterly winds which will be gusting to 40mph. Warning in place for the wind. Max 11°C

Sunday: Early morning rain clears to fresher and cooler air from the west or northwest. Sunny spells and showers possible, perhaps wintry on the hills, but generally drying up during the day. Feeling colder. Windy but easing later. Max 7°C

Outlook: Temperatures still above average with some spells of rain and windy conditions from the Atlantic. Winter’s snow and bitter cold remains locked away.

December 2019 Stats

Max 11.6°C (19th)
Min -2.9°C (2nd)
Av. 5.4°C
Av. Dew Pt 3.8°C
Wettest 27.6mm (13th)
Av. Humidity 89%
Av. Barometer 1007.2 hPa
Max Gust 38mph (14th)
Av. Wind Direction SW
Rain 115.8mm
Rain Registered Days 21
Dry Days 10
Air Frosts 2
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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 8th of January 2020 at 3:50pm