Turning milder – Thursday 4th April 2019 – Sunday 7th April 2019

Hi all,
Into April we go and British Summer Time is officially here. After the Saturday-flooding a few weeks ago, we have enjoyed a decent dry spell but our fortunes changed earlier this week as colder air arrived from the north-west with the well-known April showers. Will it improve?
Thursday: After a chilly night with a few wintry showers (perhaps a snow-cover for the tops) the day looks set to be dry with the showers staying away to our north and south. Max 9°C
Friday: Bright or sunny spells, especially towards the east and earlier on in the day. It will also be notably milder than the last few days. Max 12°C
Weekend: Generally dry
 
Saturday: A chilly start with sunny spells for the morning. Into the afternoon an easterly wind will drag in moisture off the North Sea and push a lot of cloud across the region. Some drizzle at times on the tops can’t be ruled out late-evening. Max 12°C
 
Sunday: Mostly dry but with a lot of cloud which will break to give us some bright spells at times. Max 11°C
 
Monday-Wednesday: A lot of dry and bright weather and feeling pleasant in any sunshine. Stay cloud-covered and it will still feel cool. No sign of any particular severe or warm weather on the way. Max 11-13°C
March 2019 Stats
Max 16.3°C (20th)
Min 0.6°C (10th)
Av. 6.8°C
Av. Dew Pt 4.0°C
Wettest 52mm (16th) (record)
Av. Humidity 83%
Av. Barometer 1014.6 hPa
Max Gust 46mph (13th)
Av. Wind Direction W
Rain 168.6mm (192% of av.)
Rain Days 20
Frosts 0
Snowfall 0.5cm
Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.
Cheers,
Jon
Forecast issued at 14:20 on Wednesday the 3rd of April 2019

A chilly start to April – Thursday 28th March 2019 – Mothers’ Day 31st March 2019

Hi all,

Since that record-breaking soggy Saturday nearly 2 weeks ago, the weather has settled down with little rain falling. Unfortunately, it hasn’t delivered something warmer like we saw at the end of February. The next couple of days do bring some warmer temperatures but the outlook is the opposite.

Rainfall in March 2019

March a tale of two halves. Wet-Dry.

Thursday: A cloudy morning but as the day progresses sunny spells will develop and also warmer than recently. Max 13°C

Friday: A chilly start with a ground-frost. Warm sunny spells but cloud should increase later and especially in western parts. Staying dry. Max 14°C

Weekend: Colder and a sunnier Sunday.

Colder air from N

Colder this weekend

Saturday: A weak weather front will drag some cloud down from the northwest with perhaps some patchy rain. Colder. Max 10°C

Mothers’ Day: Lovely with plenty of sunny spells and remaining dry. It will be cold with a fresh breeze. Frosty overnight. Max 9°C

Outlook: Chilly with a few wintry showers but plenty of dry weather. Frosty nights then some decent sunny spells by day. More unsettled weather after that. The tabloids will be rife with over-the-top cold and snowy stories no doubt but stay tuned to my forecast on Twitter.

Outlook

The second week of April still looks cold and perhaps turning more unsettled

Follow @Chadweather on Twitter for up-to-date forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 8:15pm
Images: http://wxcharts.eu

Cooler weekend but promising outlook – Thursday 21st March 2019 – Sunday 24th March 2019

Hi all,

For all of you that don’t like the ‘weather’ seasons,  official Spring is here. The weather is generally settling down for most of what’s left of March, but that’s after a record-breaking Saturday last week. The rain was relentless and it turned out to be the wettest day I’ve ever recorded with 52mm falling. Flooding became an issue by Saturday evening with some areas on high alert. The hills recorded between 70-90mm of rain which tied in well with the Met Office warnings. Over 127mm was recorded in the Yorkshire Dales. Staggering! Good job the rain moved on, later on Saturday evening or things would have become quite serious. One thing I can guarantee is, there will be no more severe weather in March.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with some hill-drizzle. Some bright spells will develop but not as widely as yesterday. Feeling warm in any sunshine. Max 14°C

Friday: Cloudy again with local drizzle. Much cooler too. Later in the evening a cold front will spread south-east introducing some heavier bursts of rain for a time but easing quickly overnight. Max 13°C

Weekend: Mostly dry but fresher

Saturday: Last night’s rain and cloud will clear to leave a fresher day with some sunny spells. Max 10°C

Sunday: A slight frost to start then sunny spells. These will fade as cloud thickens a little from the northwest later which might produce an evening shower. Max 11°C

Outlook: High pressure in charge so little or no rain for the remainder of the month. So, settled and with some sunshine at times it will feel warm especially as the week goes on.  Definitely no severe weather on the horizon.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts across NW England.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued at 16:50 on Wednesday the 20th of March 2019

Improvements for Next Week – Thursday 14th March 2019 – Sunday 17th March 2019

Hi all,

Storm Gareth brought strong winds and squally showers over the last 24 hours with a 46mph gust and half-an-inch of rain being recorded. March so far is very wet and making up for last summer’s lack of rain. We have already had the amount of rain we would expect in a month and it’s only the 13th, but the outlook is for the barrage of wind and rain to stop.

Thursday: Rain to start the day with some gusty winds once more. This will clear quickly leaving sunshine and scattered heavy, blustery showers. Max 9°C

Friday: Another low pressure will swing across northern parts of the UK and after a bright start an area of sporadic rain will move across the region. Breezy but a little milder. Max 11°C

Weekend: Washout Saturday?

Saturday's Low

Path of Saturday’s predicted low

Saturday:  Yet another low pressure is expected to develop and move up from the south-west. Some uncertainty on its exact location, but it looks like it will bring rain and wind right across us. There is a chance of some sleet or snow on the northern Pennines for a time. Max 9°C

Sunday: Cooler with brisk north-westerly winds. Bright spells but equally some wintry showers which should fade later as high pressure builds in. Frosty and icy overnight. Max 8°C

Outlook: Drier, calmer and with sunny spells. Temperatures rising into the teens. Some relief at last!

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for up-to-date forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 13th of March at 11:30am
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Cold and Wet – Thursday 7th March 2019 – Sunday 10th March 2019

Hi all,

Well what an end to February that was, with record-breaking temperatures [19.4°C on the 26th]. Certainly no sign of that returning in a hurry; staying more like February!

Thursday: A much colder day as the wind turns north-westerly with plenty of rain for the morning, some heavy at times. The afternoon will see the rain turn showery with some brightness in between. Some wet-snow on the tops can’t be ruled out. Windy with 35-40mph gusts. Max 7°C

Friday: A frosty start with some localised ice. A nice morning with sunny spells but this turning hazy into the afternoon with rain arriving late-evening and overnight. Max 7°C

Weekend: Windy (up to 40mph gusts) and showery.

Saturday: Any early rain clearing to blustery wintry showers with some hail and hill-snow. Feeling chilly in that north-westerly wind. Max 8°C

Sunday: A longer spell of rain possible early on then again we are back to wintry showers, falling as sleet and snow on the tops. Windy and feeling cold. Max 6°C

Outlook: Remaining chilly and windy with rain at times followed by wintry showers and some snow on the hills (the weather is on rinse and repeat).

February 2019 Stats

Max 19.4°C (26th)
Min -4.8°C (3rd)
Av. 7.2°C (above av.)
Av. Dew Pt 3.6°C
Wettest 12mm (7th)
Av. Humidity 80%
Av. Barometer 1018.2 hPa
Max Gust 44.9mph (9th)
Av. Wind Direction SSW
Rain 43.2mm (58% of av.)
Rain Days 14
Frosts 3
Snowfall 0cm

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter if you want a forecast or to just to keep up-to-date with the weather across North West England.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued on Wednesday the 6th of March 2019 at 19:40

 

Reality Check – Thursday 28th February 2019 – Sunday 3rd March 2019

Hi all,

WOW, simply WOW! What incredible weather that was for late-February. Wall-to-wall sunshine, warm enough for shorts and t-shirts, record-breaking temperatures and even cold nights with grass-frosts thrown in. I don’t think I’ve ever ‘sunbathed’ in February. Crazy stuff.

All this warmth was brought about by low pressures to the west and a huge stubborn area of high pressure to the east, allowing for an airflow to waft warm air all the way up from the Canaries. If it had been summer we could have been looking at temperatures into the 30s.

I only have records dating back to late-2012 and the highest temperature I had ever recorded in February was 13.9°C. This was smashed several times.

15.9°C on 22nd Feb 2019
15.4°C on 23rd Feb 2019
16.3°C on 24th Feb 2019
18.2°C on 25th Feb 2019
19.4°C on 26th Feb 2019 – current record for February and a Winter day

During these temperatures we had 4 nights with the grass temps down below freezing and also some dry air with a humidity of only 24% recorded on the 25th of February 2019.

Ready for a reality check?

Thursday: A bright start but cloud thickening with some showery rain possible at any time during the day. Feeling much cooler. Max 11°C

Friday: A little ridge of high pressure will give us a dry day with some bright or sunny spells. Max 12°C

Weekend: Low pressure in charge as Atlantic weather systems return on the Jet Stream.

Saturday: Becoming windy with showery rain arriving from the west with some heavier bursts. Gusty in the showers. Max 10°C

Sunday: Windy with sunny spells and a few scattered showers which might become more persistent later in the day. Feeling cool. Max 10°C

Outlook: Unsettled with spells of wind and showers, some could be wintry on high ground. Some drier spells in between. Temperatures 8-10°C at best.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast issued on Wednesday the 27th of February 2019 at 12:55pm

Spring-Like: Thursday 21st February 2019 – Sunday 24th February 2019

Hi all,

We had a taste of early Spring last week and it is set to return. This time last year we were getting ready for Storm Emma and the 1st Beast from the East. What a difference!

Thursday: After a blip over the last few days, southwesterly winds will spread much milder air across the UK and after a cloudy start the cloud will thin and allow some hazy sunshine to develop. Max 14°C

Friday: It is expected to be a lovely day with plenty of warm sunshine across the region. It is likely to be the ‘warmest’ day of the forecast with temperatures widely into the mid-teens. A little breezy but feeling lovely in the late-February sunshine. Max 15°C but a few places a degree or two higher locally.

Weekend: Dry and pleasant

Saturday: The decent unseasonable weather continues with warm sunny spells. Max 14°C

Sunday: It’s looking a little more cloudier and with that and a fresh breeze it won’t feel as pleasant. Staying dry though. Max 12°C

Outlook: Temperatures will remain well into double-digits, plenty of dry weather with bright or sunny spells. February is coming to a close and the weather is ahead of itself.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued at 16:45 on Wednesday the 20th of February 2019

Winter finished? – Thursday 14th February 2019 – Sunday 17th February 2019

Hi all,

Goodbye cold and hello mild. It will be feeling Spring-like with sunshine over the next couple of days and I can’t see any particularly cold weather with snow for the rest of the month! As Spring officially starts, I’m sure March will have some delayed winter-cold to bring us back down to Earth.

Thursday: A cloudy start but the southerly breeze will help clear this, leading to plenty of sunshine developing. Mild for the time of year. Max 12°C

Friday: A lovely day is expected with sunny skies and temperatures well into double-digits. The breeze will be picking up later. Max 13°C

Weekend: Cloudier and feeling cooler.

Saturday: Windy with bright or sunny spells. Remaining dry. Max 12°C

Sunday: Cloud and patchy rain trying to come in from the west but it is not expected to arrive, so another dry day with bright spells. Breezy though and feeling a little fresher. Max 11°C

Outlook: Cloudy to start with showery rain easing away as it comes in from the west. After this passes the week is expected to be dry with milder air returning and temperatures approaching the mid-teens. It seems Winter is over already.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 13th of February 2019 at 14:20

Wet and Very Windy to start: Friday 8th February 2019 – Monday 11th February 2019

Hi all,

I had an operation on Wednesday so a quick blog from me and a day later than normal.

It’s a wet and windy one ahead with it eventually becoming colder.

Friday: A wet and windy morning with some heavy rain to start which will turn showery. A drier and brighter end to the day. Gusts locally of 50mph as Storm Erik (warning in place) crosses the UK. Milder air dragged in on the southwesterly airflow. Max 10°C

Saturday: A little fresher with sunny spells and a few scattered showers. Still windy with 45mph gusts. Max 9°C

Sunday: Feeling cooler as winds eventually turn northwesterly later. Sunny spells for the morning but showers will arrive late-afternoon with some falling as snow above 275M. A drier and clearer evening with a touch of frost. Max 7°C

Monday: Sunny spells, cold and winds will be lighter. Frost returning overnight. Max 5°C

Outlook: Becoming settled as high pressure builds in. Variable cloud so some bright spells by day and frosts at night.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for up-to-date forecasts and see January’s stats at @OldhamWxStats.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Thursday the 7th of February 2019 at 6:50pm.

Thursday 31st January 2019 – Sunday 3rd February 2019

Hi all,

Winter has finally delivered some widespread snow to the region, even though most have only seen a few cms, it was enough to cause disruption. With cold temperatures hanging around, it will melt slowly over the coming days. A lot of talk has been about the snow coming to the UK on Thursday, into Friday, and warnings are in place.

Thanks again to everyone for your snow photos and traffic reports over the last week. It helps many others with valuable info.

Thursday:  A severe frost to start with ice and snow-cover. There will also be some freezing fog patches which will be slow to clear. Eventually some brightness breaking through as the breeze picks up. Cold. Max 3°C

Friday: Some early sleet or snow showers are possible from the east arriving on a bitter northeasterly breeze, leading to a sub-zero windchill. A mostly cloudy day to follow with the showers easing away. An area of heavy snow will already be affecting areas south of our region and I expect this not to reach us. Max 4°C

Weekend: Mainly dry and chilly.

Saturday: Sunny spells after a frosty start. Dry, cold and breezy. Max 4°C

Sunday: Again it should be dry with bright spells and the cold weather continues. Max 5°C

Outlook: Becoming less cold, but still chilly (6-8°C), with some showers at times, which could be wintry especially when a northwesterly airflow kicks in.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast issued at 8:35pm on Wednesday the 30th of January 2019