The cold and some snow set to return after Storm Christoph leaves flooding in its wake – Thursday 21st January 2021 – Sunday 24th January 2021

Hi all,

What a week. Rain, rain and more rain and also some mild temperatures which we haven’t seen for a while. Locally (but not at my weather-station) we reached double-figures for the first time in a month. Storm Christoph, so far, has delivered around 3 inches of rain to most places, with higher amounts being recorded in the hills. Flooding reported widely and more to come as the hills empty their load into the rivers. This storm triggered a couple of weather warnings, including an Amber one, something we don’t see too often. It will be interesting to see the final rainfall amounts come Thursday.

Total rainfall amounts for Tuesday the 19th of January as Storm Christoph began its journey across the UK

Thursday: First off on Wednesday night; Storm Christoph will have deepened and pushed away into the North Sea. As the process takes place we will have some windy weather for a time and the winds will switch to a north-westerly and much colder air will dig in. As this does so, some of the legacy rain will turn to snow, chiefly on the hills, then all of us will see a blustery day with wintry showers as the mercury drops. Icy stretches morning and night and where snow settles in the heavier showers (mostly above 250M) Max 4°C Min 0°C

Friday: Frosty start. Sunny spells and a few wintry showers feeding in from the Irish Sea. Feeling cold. Max 5°C Min -1°C

Colder air from the NW with wintry showers feeding in across the region for the next few days

Weekend: Cold with wintry showers.

Saturday: Cold and mostly cloudy with some scattered sleet and snow showers from the north-west. A frost early and late with a few mist patches. Max 3°C Min -2°C

Sunday: Little change. Isolated wintry showers with snow settling on higher ground. Max 3°C Min -1°C

Outlook: A settled day on Monday with sunny spells after a frost. Heavy rain looks set to arrive on Tuesday preceded by snow on its leading edge as it bumps into the colder air. Again, this looks likely to be more so for areas above 250M. Milder air follows then a few days of cloudy conditions and showers.

For the latest forecasts follow on Twitter; @ChadWeather.

Thanks for reading,

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 20th of January 2021 at 7:45pm
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Cold and wet spells; some snow – Thursday 14th January 2021 – Sunday 17th January 2021

Hi all,

We are back to the heavy rain but it’s not as mild as we would normally expect it to be and with this comes the chance of some hill-snow.

Thursday:  Heavy rain with a risk of some sleet or snow above 250M as the low pressure sinks south. Any precipitation easing as the weather front weakens later in the day. Cold. Max 3°C

As colder air arrives during Thursday, there’s a chance of seeing some snow.

Friday: Rain, sleet and any snow will have eased away and we’re in a bit of a lull. Mostly cloudy with hill-fog and low-cloud. Early ice. Cold. Max 2°C

Weekend: Unsettled to start.

Saturday: Rain swings in from the west again and the wind will increase. As this rain bumps into the colder air there could well be some snow for a time, even to low-levels (warning in place). Milder later. Max 7°C

Sunday: I’m hopeful for a drier day as morning rain dies away leading to some bright spells and the odd isolated shower. Cool. Max 6°C

Outlook: Colder weather seems likely to return but not until after midweek with little change before then. As for the Beast From the East; time will tell but the ingredients are brewing. 


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 13th of January 2021 at 8:25pm


Cold snap to end – Thursday 7th January 2021 – Sunday 10th January 2021

Hi all,

Happy New Year to you all and I hope you all have a fantastic 2021.

It’s been a cold Christmas and New Year break with below-average temperatures across the region. There’s not been any widespread disruptive snowfall yet but we’ve kept the wintry showers going since the few cms of snow we had after Christmas. The white snow-covered hills have certainly made for some lovely walks and picturesque photos. Thanks to everyone for their wintry tweets.

Thursday: A bitterly cold start with temperatures locally down to -6°C. So a widespread frost and icy patches after recent wintry showers. There will also be some freezing fog to watch out for. It will be a cold day and after a sunny start, away from the fog, it will cloud over from the North. A band of weakening precipitation will bring some patchy rain, sleet and snow to the region later in the day and overnight. A covering of snow can’t be ruled out even to lower-levels. Max 2°C Min -1°C

⚠️ Weather warning in place for ice and snow:

Friday: There will be some scattered sleet and snow showers around to start the day, again a covering is possible but nothing major. These will ease during the morning and it will turn brighter. A very cold day throughout with ice and overnight frost. Max 2°C Min -4°C

Weekend: Saturday the better day but change is coming…

Saturday: Another frosty start with plenty of ice. A nice day ahead with sunny spells but cloudier into the evening with a change in wind direction as less cold weather looms. Max 3°C Min -1°C

Sunday: More of a westerly airflow now introducing thicker cloud but starting dry after a patchy frost. Cloud thickening later with some drizzle possible. Max 4°C Min 2°C

Outlook: Temperatures continuing to rise back up to normal January values. Plenty of cloud with some light rain or drizzle at times. Will the colder (or even colder) weather return? As you may have heard in the news we have had an SSW event this winter so we have a 70% chance of colder-than-normal conditions (usually via an easterly wind) developing over the coming weeks. This is not certain and at this stage not showing on the horizon. More of an SSW explainer, keeping it simple, here:

Here are a few statistics for last month and the year of 2020 in general.

The days in 2020 with the most rainfall were SATURDAY & SUNDAY!

WEDNESDAY was the day with the most rainy days!

The average temperature for 2020 was 10°C.

The average maximum temperature for 2020 was 13.3°C.

The average minimum temperature for 2020 was 6.9°C.

1,200.2mm of rain fell in 2020 with February the wettest (268.6mm) and May the driest (7.4mm).

On average the wind came from the WSW in 2020.

In 2020 the average wind gust was 17mph.

📊 December 2020

Max 12.9°C (18th)
Min -3.7°C (25th)
Av. 4.5°C
Av. Dew Pt 3.1°C
Wettest 27mm (26th)
Av. Humidity 91%
Av. Barometer 1001.9 hPa
Max Gust 33mph (23rd)
Av. Wind Direction S
Rain 113.4mm
Rain Registered Days 27
Dry Days 4
Air Frosts 6
Snow Falling Days 4


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 6th of January 2020 at 7:30pm

Cold air remains – Thursday 31st December 2020 – Sunday 3rd January 2021

Hi all,

A winter-chill has its firm grip across the region but it’s not severe cold and we’re not exactly hiding from a Beast from the East, yet! It’s been nice to see some snow and winter-cold over the festive period and not only that but a few flurries on Christmas Day brought us a White Christmas. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and didn’t eat too much!

Thursday: Early fog and some localised wintry showers, falling as snow for some, favourably above 150M. These showers will ease as we head into the afternoon so turning drier but remaining cold. Max 3°C

Friday: During the early hours a band of rain, sleet and snow will come down from the north but it will be breaking up and weakening all of the time so not much snow is expected. Bright spells later, especially in the north. Frosty overnight. Max 4°C

Weekend: Dry and cold

Saturday: A mostly bright day with some sunny spells in the morning. Cloudier later. Feeling cold with frost morning and night. Max 4°C

Sunday: Overcast, dry and cold. Max 4°C

Outlook: Sleet and snow showers expected during the week but details uncertain at this stage. Some bright spells too, frosty nights remain and temperatures stay cold during the daytime, max 3-5°C. A raw north-easterly breeze. No sign of the cold weather easing.

Snow on the morning of the 29th of December 2020
Sledging on Ancora playing fields
Snow on the verge by the new Broadway Link Road
Charlie the snowman
Icy conditions underfoot

Social media has been touting the ‘Beast from the East is coming’. Can’t be ruled out but no concrete signs of it happening just yet.

All the best for 2021 – surely it can only be better than 2020.

Thanks for reading,

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 30th of December 2020 at 18:25.

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.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest weather forecasts! Even ask for a personalised forecast!

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,

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 23rd of December 2020 at 7:20pm
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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


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.

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.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts and up to date information on any severe weather.

Thanks for reading.

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 18th of November 2020 at 16:40.

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

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks for reading.

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 11th of November 2020 at 8:55pm

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.



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

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