Cool with some rain but a promising outlook – Thursday 30th April 2020 – Sunday 3rd May 2020

Hi all,

All good things had to come to an end. What a run of dry, settled and often warm and sunny weather that was. We went from the 13th of April to the 27th of April with only 2 days of rain, where the rain measured on those days, was the bare minimum, 0.2mm. Currently the month of April only stands at 13.8mm of rain. The average is 70.5mm. Some more rain to come before the month is out, but it’s been a very dry month indeed.

Thursday: Bright spells and showers. The showers most frequent in the afternoon with some heavy perhaps thundery ones by evening. Max 11°C

Friday: Bright spells to start but showers brewing up, particularly heavy in the south with the odd thunderstorm possible. Some places staying dry. Max 13°C

Weekend: Not bad after the last 2 days

Saturday: The best day of the weekend. Sunny to start but cloud will increase during the day. It is expected to remain dry and with the bright spells making it feel a little warmer. Max 14°C

Sunday: Bright morning, thicker cloud for the afternoon with rain arriving later in the day, most likely not until overnight. Max 15°C

Outlook: It looks like high pressure will be close by. Monday more likely to be quite cloudy with showers fading. I’m hopeful that the rest of the week, Tuesday to Saturday, is warmer and with some pleasant sunny spells on offer. Temperatures slightly above average; 16-18°C.

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Thanks for reading. Stay Safe!

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 29th of April 2020 at 18:10.

Our decent weather continues, but increasing chance of a shower – Thursday 23rd April 2020 – Sunday 26th April

Hi all,

WOW – the weather really is on a decent run at the moment. I can’t remember when we last had so many dry and sunny days grouped together, and, it is set to continue for some time yet. But, is that a change I can see on the horizon?

Thursday: After a windy week, it will start to become calmer allowing temperatures to rise and with those two changes, it will feel very pleasant indeed. Morning low-cloud or mist will clear leading to another day of sunshine. Max 19°C

Friday: Similar. Misty start then warm and sunny. Light winds. Perfect. Max 19°C

Weekend: Eventually cooler; shower-risk.

Saturday: Warm with sunny spells. Cloud could bubble up later leading to a low chance of a shower. Max 18°C

Sunday: A slight change of wind direction, to a northerly, will introduce slightly cooler air. Dry with sunny spells continuing but an increased chance of a shower brewing; one to watch on the radar. Max 15°C

Outlook: Cooler than the previous week with sunny spells and cloud amounts increasing. Temperatures returning back to normal. Risk of thicker cloud midweek with some showery rain towards Friday.

Throughout this forecast UV levels will be around 5 (high end of medium) so remember your sun-cream. Pollen levels will be high until lowering next week.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 22nd of April 2020 at 7:10pm.

Continuing mostly dry and settled – Thursday 16th April 2020 – Sunday 19th April 2020

Hi all,

What superb weather we are having. April is really turning out to be a good month with plenty of dry weather and warm sunshine. A couple of frosts recently have made for some fresh mornings but it’s slowly warmed up again. April so far has only seen rain on 4 days with a measly 2.6mm recorded.

Thursday: Another stunning day with wall-to-wall sunshine for most. Feeling warm. Becoming breezy later. Max 17°C

Friday: A steady easterly wind will take hold. Plenty of sunny spells on offer but cloud is expected to increase later in the day. Some patchy rain or drizzle overnight. Cooler. Max 13°C

Weekend: Cool to start with but improving.

Saturday: Some light rain or drizzle around with cloudy skies. A keen and chilly easterly wind. A little brighter and drier later. Max 12°C

Sunday: Bright or sunny spells developing. Winds easing but still breezy. Warmer. Max 15°C

Outlook: Remaining dry with warm sunny spells although breezy at times. Still no sign of us returning to the normal unsettled conditions that we are used to.

Don’t forget suncream at this time of the year. The sun is strong as August.

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Stay Safe!


Becoming Warmer – Thursday 2nd April 2020 – Sunday 5th April 2020

Hi all,

First month of Spring done, and the last week or so of it spent in ‘lockdown’. Since we’ve been limited to one form of exercise a day and confined to work and home, the weather has settled down and we’ve only had measurable rain fall once in 9 days. No surprise!

After some warm sunshine last week we’ve been back to cloudier skies and colder conditions recently, especially in the wind. We actually had 7 nights of ground-frost last week too (lowest grass temperature being -4.5°C). The rain/wind was looking likely to return this weekend and turn unsettled but now it’s not looking so bad and with a couple of warmer days ahead too. The sun is now as strong as the first week in September. UV levels are now 3-4, which in fact isn’t that strong but still good enough to start a tan if you bask in some sunny periods.

Thursday: Showers moving southeast then turning a little brighter but very windy and feeling quite cold for the time of year. Max 9°C

Friday: Not as windy and a cold start with a touch of ground-frost. Sunny spells and the odd shower. Temperatures still below normal. Max 9°C

Weekend: Becoming warmer but windy

Temperatures rising nicely above average later this weekend

Saturday: Sunny spells and windy. Turning milder throughout the day and staying dry. Max 13°C

Sunday: Sunny spells and windy. A gusty but warm southerly airflow. Cloud thickening later with some rain overnight. Temperatures well above average. Max 17°C

Outlook: A couple more days of sunny spells, after some early rain on Monday. Not as warm as Sunday but still pleasant enough. A little cooler and perhaps unsettled later in the week.

March 2020 Stats

Max 17.4°C (25th)
Min -1.9°C (6th)
Av. 6.2°C
Av. Dew Pt 2.1°C
Wettest 18.8mm (9th)
Av. Humidity 76%
Av. Barometer 1016.7 hPa
Max Gust 47.2mph (11th)
Av. Wind Direction WSW
Rain 74mm
Rain Registered Days 15
Dry Days 16
Air Frosts 2

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 1st of April 2020 at 7:15pm

Turning Much Colder – Thursday 26th March 2020 – Sunday 29th March 2020

Hi all,

What a surprise, our weather turned lovely with warm sunny spells and we can’t venture out to enjoy it fully. I hope you are all well and keeping sane during these surreal times. As we know, warm, sunny weather doesn’t always last in this country.

Thursday: A frosty start but temperatures soon rising and another beautiful sunny day ahead. It won’t be as warm as recently as the wind will have shifted to a cooler direction, the north-east. Max 13°C although a little higher in sheltered, western spots.

Friday: Frosty to start (for the early risers). Slightly cooler again and the breeze beginning to pick up. Another, the last one, sunny day. Max 11°C

Weekend: Big shock on the way.

Saturday: A cloudier day with a few bright spells. It should remain dry but a huge difference in the feel of the weather. A north-easterly wind becoming gusty. COLDER! Max 8°C

Sunday: Even colder with a raw north to north-easterly wind which will be brisk. This could drag a few wintry showers in and some may fall as hail, sleet or snow. The showers are expected to be scattered and not that heavy. Max 6°C

Outlook: A lot of dry weather around as high pressure stays close. However, it looks set to stay cold, with temperatures in single-figures. Later in the week some wintry showers can’t be ruled out again, so we could see some sleet/snow showers to start April. It might be unseasonably cold but it certainly beats wind and heavy rain.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday 25th of March 2020 at 4:25pm.

Better Weather on the Horizon – Thursday 12th March 2020 – Sunday 15th March 2020

Hi all,

Yet more rain recently, but it looks like next week will finally see a change to the position of the Jet Stream, meaning more in the way of settled weather with sunny spells and some dry days! Hard to believe I know!

Thursday: Breezy with sunny spells and a few wintry showers, falling as hail, sleet and snow. Cold. Max 8°C

Friday: Cloudy to start with some showery rain. This soon clearing to a drier day with bright spells, lighter winds and just the odd shower into the evening. Max 8°C

Weekend: Saturday the drier day.

Saturday: Milder, mostly dry and cloudy. Can’t rule out some hill-drizzle. Windy especially later. Max 10°C

Sunday: Rain followed by bright spells and showers, windy. Max 9°C

Outlook: Good news. It’s looking favourable that high pressure builds, so as next week progresses (some uncertainty on timings), we’ll hopefully see dry conditions for several days with pleasant Spring sunshine and temperatures rising a touch. 

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 11th of March 2020 at 2:10pm

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
Images: Taken by myself

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