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

Thursday 17th January 2019 – Sunday 20th January 2019

Hi all,

I wrote in my newspaper article last week, about it turning colder. This helps towards us eventually having some snow this winter, and I suggested the 19th would be the date. Well colder weather is arriving throughout today but snow-lovers could well have to live with their frustration for a bit longer.

Thursday: A frosty start with some icy patches (warning issued on Twitter). Wintry showers during the morning, mostly to the west, could merge to give some sleet or wet-snow for a time as well as hail. Away from the showers, plenty of sunshine and a cold northwesterly wind. Max 4°C

Friday: A bright start with a slight frost. Cloud will thicken from the west bringing some patchy rain which might fall as sleet or wet-snow on the hills . The precipitation will be light. Feeling raw with a steady southeasterly breeze. Max 3°C

Weekend: Generally dry and cold.

Saturday: Cold and mostly overcast. Some very light rain, sleet or wet-snow (hills) early on. Max 4°C

Sunday: Hopefully less dull with a chance of some brightness. Little change in the feel of the weather. Max 4°C

Outlook: There is a lot to play for in terms of will it stay cold, then progressively turn colder, or slowly turn less cold from the west. It’s still an undecided outcome, but at this stage the next 7-10 days, leading up to month-end, it will remain cold with a lot of cloud-cover. Monday night into Tuesday could see some sleet or snow for a time but it looks to be patchy. The nights will have some frosts and daytime temperatures hovering between 4-6°C. So, nothing unusual for the second half of January, and no sign of the mega cold and snowstorms that the media portray.

Thanks for reading and follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for some truthful forecasts 😉.

Cheers,
Jon

Forecast Issued at 12pm on Wednesday the 16th of January 2019

 

Thursday 10th January 2019 – Sunday 13th January 2019

Hi all,

It’s been a lovely winter’s day today. An icy frosty start then blue skies before some cloud arrived from the northeast. It’s bad news if you want the sun to stick around, as the last 2 days’ weather isn’t set to last.

Thursday: Cloudy, chilly and mostly dry away from the hills where the cloud could be low enough to produce some drizzle or mist. Max 6°C

Friday: Bright spells during the day as the cloud will tend to break up a little. Dry but some rain overnight. Max 8°C

Weekend: Some rain at first.

Saturday: Cloudy and a little windy at first and any rain clearing to bright spells and showers as a cold front heads through. Fresh and breezy. Max 9°C

Sunday: Mostly cloudy again. Some isolated showers possible early and late but very scattered. Max 9°C

Outlook: Some spells of unsettled weather with rain followed by showers. Milder before these bands of rain but colder and windier after them. No sign of significant cold although some of the showers later next week could be wintry on the hills.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecast and news of any incoming snow action.

Thanks for reading. Any comments on my blogs are welcome. I am always looking to improve them so please leave any comments below or on Twitter.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued at 17:30 on Wednesday the 9th of January 2019.

Thursday 3rd January 2019 – Sunday 6th January 2019

Hi,

Happy New Year folks. A new year but the weather carries off where it left 2018 with little happening. That said, an SSW event is underway, which might mean colder weather in a few weeks’ time.

SSWhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/feeds/20992173

Thursday and Friday: We can sum up these days together. Variable amounts of cloud. Where the cloud breaks we will have sunny spells by day, but frost and some fog by night. Max 3°C

Weekend: Becoming cloudier and less cold

Saturday: Some patchy frost to start then any bright spells fading as the day becomes mostly overcast. Max 5°C

Sunday: Continuing settled, cloudy and mostly dry with light winds. Less cold. Perhaps some hill-drizzle later. Max 7°C

Outlook: Monday/Tuesday could (not all models agree) see low pressure arrive from the west bringing some rain and breezy conditions. Midweek: high pressure builds once more settling things down.

Will colder weather arrive from the East? The next 7 days will open up the time-frame needed that will give us more of an idea. Stay tuned!

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest.

December 2018 Stats

Max 12.1°C (2nd)
Min -0.1°C (14th)
Av. 6.6°C
Av. Dew Pt 5.0°C
Wettest 19.2mm (8th)
Av. Humidity 90%
Max Gust 41.4mph (8th)
Av. Wind Direction SW
Av. Pressure 1015.4 hPa
Rain 120.8mm (average)
Rain Days 20
Frost Days 1

Thanks to all my followers and for taking the time to read my weekly blogs.

Have a great 2019!

Jon

Thursday 27th December 2018 – [Monday] New Year’s Eve 2018

Hi all,

Merry Christmas. I hope you all had a good one with your family and friends. The weather might be dull but let’s hope your festive break and New Year’s Eve isn’t.

First off. No snow on the cards. On the horizon, maybe, but that’s for a future blog.

Thursday: Cloudy with limited brightness. Dry with light winds. Max 9°C

Friday:  Déjà vu. Cloudy and dry. Max 9°C

Weekend: Chance of some early rain.

Saturday: Breezy with well-scattered showers easing later. Some brightness. Max 9°C

Sunday: Cloudy, some brightness in eastern parts, otherwise little happening and dry. Max 10°C

New Year’s Eve [Monday]: Generally overcast. This is becoming boring now. Max 9°C

New Year’s Eve Night: Dry, light winds and quite mild. Min 6°C

Other night-times: If any cloud-breaks occur overnight, we will see the odd pocket of frost and fog/mist.

Outlook: Very little change. Looking for snow and some feels-like-winter cold? Then maybe there’s something on the horizon. Look out for my blog this time next week.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 26th of December 2018 at 2:45pm