Welcome sunshine – Thursday 25th February 2021 – Sunday 28th February 2021

Hi all,

We deserve this. After a cold and snowy spell, then mostly overcast and damp but mild conditions, a welcome change is on the way.

Thursday: We lose the cloud and mild conditions and turn a little fresher but that means some sunshine. So a nice day in store with sunny spells. Just the chance of a fleeting shower. Still mild for the time of year but fresher than recently. A chilly night to come under clear skies with a widespread ground-frost. Max 9°C Min 1°C

Friday: Some mist to start then a dry day with sunny spells. Some fair-weather cloud bubbling up now and again. Feeling pleasant in the sunshine. Again a cold night follows. Max 10°C Min 0°C

Weekend: Perfect to make a start on that garden.

Saturday: High pressure in charge but sunny spells might be reserved for later in the day as mist or fog is slow to clear. Max 9°C Min 1°C

Sunday: Another dry and decent day after early mist/ground-frost. Light winds so feeling pleasant with further sunny spells. Max 10°C Min 1°C

Outlook: Remaining settled, so mostly dry with some bright or sunny spells. Perhaps a south-easterly airflow setting up, so becoming a little cloudier and cooler as the wind freshens. Little rain to speak of and no sign of winter returning as we enter into Spring.

Here’s how the average temperatures panned out in 2020.

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Thanks for reading.

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 24th of February 2021 at 7:50pm

Continuing mild – Thursday 18th February 2021 – Sunday 21st February 2021

Hi all,

The snow and bitterly cold air from last week feels like a distant memory after temperatures lifted to double-figures this week for the first time since mid-December.

Thursday: A spell of heavy rain for the morning commute followed by brighter skies and some heavy showers. Breezy and turning fresher. Max 8°C

Friday: Low pressure out in the Atlantic will control our weather bringing strong south-westerly winds, so milder once again. Mostly cloudy and dry for the morning but a risk of some rain arriving later in the day. Max 11°C

Weekend: Above average temperatures.

Saturday: Windy with some patchy rain, so some drier slots and feeling very mild for the time of year despite the wind. Max 13°C

Sunday: Morning drizzle giving way to bright spells and a better afternoon. Not as windy and the mild conditions continue. Max 12°C

Outlook: Daytime temperatures look set to stay in or close to double-digits for the remainder of the month with some spells of rain and brighter interludes in between. No sign of any late-winter cold, snow or even frosts. Will March bring one last cold snap I wonder?

Temperatures will stay above the average for the rest of the month; with parts of Europe expectionally mild next week – the recent frozen, snowy spell long gone.

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Thanks, as always for reading.

Forecast Issued on Wednesday the 17th of February 2020 at 6:05pm
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The cold continues but a much milder outlook – Thursday 11th February 2021 – Sunday 14th February 2021

Hi all,

Brrrrr! What a cold week it has been, with bitterly cold daytime temperatures (no ice days here though) and a gusty wind leading to a biting wind-chill from the east/north-east. I have stopped myself calling it the Beast from the East for us, as I think it’s not as cold and as snowy (away from the hills) as I rate a Beast from the East to be, you know, like February 2018. Due to the easterly set-up, some have seen more snow than others but everywhere has felt the chill. Tuesday night some areas saw -7°C and tonight could be even colder – but change is set to arrive next week.

Thursday: A severe frost to start with icy patches. A dry day with some sunny spells and a slight breeze developing. Still very cold. A frost to come overnight but not as severe as we will have a steady wind blowing. Max 2°C Min -3°C

Friday: Another dry day expected but slightly windier making it feel raw and with low dew points there will be a significant wind-chill. Frost early and late despite the wind. Max 1°C Min -2°C

Weekend: Some snow before the mercury rises.

Saturday: A strong south-easterly wind setting in. Mostly cloudy with a few bright spells and perhaps the odd snow flurry or light snow trying to come in from the west. There is currently a warning in place for several cms of snow but I’m not convinced. Bitterly cold especially in the wind. Low dew points and feeling more like -7°C. Max 1°C Min 0°C

Overnight Saturday: Any snow (if it even starts) is expected to fizzle out quickly then temperatures will rise as winds turn to a south-westerly or southerly.

Sunday: If the forecast goes to plan (i.e. most likely scenario) then another cloudy day with a fresh wind but the temperature rising further as milder air and some rain at times moves in. Windy. Max 7°C Min 3°C

Southerly winds by Monday as temperatures return to above normal

Outlook: Much milder, 10-12°C possible, windy with some further rain and a rapid thaw of any snow.

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Thanks for reading,

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 10th of February 2021 at 8:10pm.
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Coldest spell of Winter on the way – Thursday 4th February 2021 – Sunday 7th February 2021

Hi all,

The final third of winter is here and this starts after the coldest January for a decade. We haven’t seen any bitter cold, but that’s about to change. No Beast from the East on the way but a biting wind-chill and snow arriving from the east.

Thursday: Rain, with some sleet and wet-snow on the Pennines, will push northeast during the early morning. Bright spells and a few showers will follow and temperatures lift to become quite mild. Max 9°C

Friday: Further showers or longer spells of rain with it turning a little cooler later in the day. Change is waiting in the ‘winds’. Max 7°C

Weekend: Turning much colder with some snow.

Saturday: Winds swing to the northeast during the day and with it some wintry showers pushing in, turning more so to snow overnight. Breezy. Max 4°C

Sunday: Raw biting easterly winds with snow showers coming inland from the North Sea. These will be most frequent in the east with snow-cover for many. Sub-zero wind-chill making it feel like -5°C with 25-30mph gusts. Ice and further snow showers overnight. Max 1°C

SUNDAY – Snow showers look set to pile in from the North Sea with some filtering over the Pennines/hills into our region. Fewer the further west you go.

Outlook: Very cold conditions to continue most of the week with further snow showers on Monday then it looks generally cloudy but drier. Hints at milder weather with rain, preceded by snow, coming in from the Atlantic towards the weekend but this is not set in stone.

January 2021 Stats

Max 9.7°C (20th)
Min -3.7°C (7th)
Av. 2.6°C
Av. Dew Pt 1.3°C
Wettest 41.4mm (20th)
Av. Humidity 91%
Av. Barometer 1011.6 hPa
Max Gust 33mph (30th)
Av. Wind Direction WSW
Rain 176mm
Rain Registered Days 24
Dry Days 7
Air Frosts 14
Snow Falling Days 10

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 3rd of February 2021 at 8pm.
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Colder Weekend – Thursday 28th January 2021 – Sunday 31st January 2021

Hi all,

It’s been another week of some snowfall and the count of ‘falling-snow days’ is increasing and certainly higher than recent winters. That said, no significant cold is yet to arrive from the east.

Thursday: Overnight rain will move away to the north-east during the morning. A mild start and it will stay that way with the afternoon becoming drier and perhaps with some brightness. Further rain later in the evening. Max 9°C

Friday: Rain becoming showery. Still mild and breezy. Max 8°C

Weekend: Colder.

Saturday: Winds will have swung to more of a north-easterly direction introducing colder air. Overall a better day with some sunny spells and generally dry (low risk of a low pressure developing out west and coming across the region – at this stage it looks like it will slip to the south of us, even into France). Frosty overnight. Max 5°C

Sunday: Frosty and cold with any clear spells fading to cloudy skies. Dry apart from some hill-snow flurries, then overnight or into Monday, rain will push in from the Atlantic, preceded by snow in places, especially above 250M. Max 4°C

Outlook: Slowly milder again next week with some showers at times. Signs of the cold returning towards the end of the week but, at this stage, certainly no signs of the Beast from the East.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 27th of January 2021 at 5:35pm

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

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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: https://twitter.com/ChadWeather/status/1346789217419079680?s=19

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: https://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2021/01/05/new-year-begins-with-a-sudden-stratospheric-warming/.

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.

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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
Images: Met Office & https://wxcharts.com/