Thursday 13th April 2017 – Bank Holiday Monday 17th April 2017

Hi all,

I hope you all enjoyed our first warm spell of the year last weekend and got some sunbathing or a BBQ in before the weather changed quickly on the Sunday afternoon. In fact, the temperature dropped from 18°C to 11°C in just a couple of hours.

Big temperature drop last Sunday as winds turned NW-ly.

So, will the warm sunny weather return in time for Easter?

Headline: Changeable with Monday, followed by Saturday, looking the best days of the Easter Holidays.

Thursday: A day of some bright spells but generally cloudy. We might catch the odd shower during the morning. Cool breeze. Max 11°C

Good Friday: Don’t expect much in the way of sunshine. Mostly cloudy with a spell of light rain likely which will turn drizzly later. Cool. Max 10°C

Saturday: Cloudy with some showers during the morning but hopefully an improvement into the afternoon as the showers ease and it turns brighter. Max 10°C

Rain moving in on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday: Any early brightness fades as cloud thickens and rain arrives from the west. A little uncertainty on how wet it gets as the rain might slip a little further south. Feeling cold with a freshening breeze. Max 10°C

Bank Holiday Monday: Hopefully, a little ridge of high pressure moves across the country, so after a chilly start with a possible ground frost, a dry day with sunny spells and a little milder. A chance of some rain from the west late-afternoon or into the evening. Max 12°C

A chilly northerly wind later next week

Looking Ahead: Some spells of showery rain but not amounting to much. Later in the week it remains cool as winds could turn northerly.

Keep up to date with your local forecast by following @ChadWeather on Twitter.


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Forecast Issued: 11am on Wednesday April the 12th 2017

Thursday 6th April 2017 – Sunday 9th April 2017


This has to be one of the quietest forecasts for a while. We have high pressure anchored across the U.K. so not a lot happening, however a warm weekend ahead! BBQ time on Sunday if we just hang on to the sunshine?

Thursday & Friday: A lot of dry weather with variable amounts of cloud. Where the cloud gets thin enough, we will see some bright spells and equally, where slightly thicker, then some localised drizzle, especially on higher ground. Feeling cool. Max 11°C

Saturday: High pressure still in charge and hopefully more in the way of sunshine (especially later on) and therefore warmer as winds turn southerly bringing drier air. Max 15°C

Sunday: Looking a decent day but the only downside is the sunshine that develops might become hazy and it could be cloudier if you’re planning to go to the west coast. Warm sunshine developing inland and somewhere could see the first 20°C of the Spring.  Later on Sunday and into Monday the high will be slipping away towards Europe so clouds increasing from the west and becoming cooler. So a good warm spell of weather this weekend but it doesn’t last. Max 20°C

Outlook for Easter: A tricky one as low pressure (rainy) will return but then high pressure (settled) tries to force its way back in. At the moment it looks like Easter will start with some rain at times and cooler but dry up in time for Easter Sunday. As always look out for updates on Twitter at @ChadWeather.

March 2017 Stats

Max 16.1°C (30th)
Min 0.1°C (2nd)
Wettest 19.2mm (17th)
Windiest 34mph (18th)
Rain 104.2mm (above av.)
Rainy Days 25
Dry Days 6
Snow Falling Days 1
Snow Lying Days 1


Thursday 30th March 2017 – Sunday 2nd April 2017

Hi all,

Well that’s March almost done with. Where are these months going? Another disappointment regarding snow and we’re now well into Spring. We did see some snow late-April last year so don’t rule out seeing some over the coming weeks but I think it’s time to rule out any proper cold after a winter that never delivered. 

Meanwhile, we’ve been basking in some early-Spring sunshine and it’s been very pleasant indeed. For now though we’re back to the doom and gloom and rain. 

Thursday: A very mild day, even feeling muggy in any brightness but generally it’s a cloudy day with some showery rain at times. Max 16°C

Low pressure bringing heavy rain in from the west on Friday


Friday: A spell of rain during the morning, some heavy. The afternoon looks likely to improve with some showers but pleasant sunny spells as well. Max 16°C

Weekend: A showery start then improving. 

Saturday: Low pressure close by bringing a cooler day with showers at times. Max 12°C

Sunday: For some of you doing the Manchester Marathon conditions are looking perfect. A little ridge of high pressure should come into play. A chilly start but bright spells will follow and feeling pleasant with light winds. Max 13°C

Fingers crossed for high pressure to return next week with plenty of dry weather and pleasant sunny spells

Looking ahead: Next week should become settled with mild southwesterlies keeping the temperatures towards the midteens. Sunny spells by day and dry so feeling pleasant once again. 

There’s been a lot of media lies flying around (the norm) about a Boiling Easter. It really is just made-up nonsense. It is far too early to tell what the weather will be like so look out for my updates via @ChadWeather on Twitter as we approach the Easter break. 


Forecast Issued: Thursday the 29th of March 2017 at 8:30am


Thursday 23rd March 2017 – Sunday 26th March 2017

Hi all,

Since I last blogged, it feels like it’s never stopped raining. It’s been an awful spell of weather (50mm of rain in the last 6 days) but finally we have some drier and sunnier weather on the way as we enter a settled spell with some warm-feeling Spring sunshine.

Thursday: Rain that moved through on Wednesday will return and be around in the morning but turn patchy during the day with bright or sunny spells developing. A cool northeasterly wind. Max 11°C

Friday: Low pressure moves away and high pressure topples in and starts to develop across the UK. Sunny spells and dry throughout with the breeze easing. Starting to feel pleasant. A slight frost overnight. Max 11°C

A dry weekend ahead. Yes, dry !

Well Hello High Pressure

Saturday: High pressure firmly in charge. Sunny spells after a cold start with a touch of frost in places. Dry and pleasant in the sunshine with another slight frost overnight. Max 14°C but feeling much warmer in the direct sunshine. [In fact temperatures in the direct sunshine will be around 30°C so it will be nice for sitting out]

Weekend Temps

Weekend temperatures looking good – perhaps a little cooler on Sunday

Sunday: The high might slip away slightly. Western areas likely to remain sunnier but cloud could encroach from the east spoiling the sunshine, lets hope it doesn’t. Remaining dry and a slight frost early and later where skies are clear. Max 12°C but cooler where the cloud appears.

Looking ahead: High pressure set to hang around into next week, so more dry conditions and chilly nights. Pleasant by day where the sun shines but still a chance of cloud now and again from the east. Where the sun is out temperatures could get close to the mid-teens.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the very latest weather updates for in and around Manchester.


Forecast Issued: Wednesday at 11:30am March 22nd 2017
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Thursday 16th March 2017 – Sunday 19th March 2017

Hi all,

Halfway through March and no sign of a late-winter chill or snowfall just yet. However, after a reasonably bright and mild few days, it will be cooler and wetter towards and over the weekend.

Thursday: High pressure slips away into Europe allowing a weak weather front to come in from the west. A cloudy day with some rain, especially on higher ground and later in the afternoon. Breezy. Max 11°C

Friday: The Atlantic influences our weather over the coming days. Another cloudy one on Friday with rain at times spreading in from the west on a freshening wind making it feel much cooler. Max 8°C

Little change into the weekend.

A windy Saturday & Sunday with 35-40mph gusts

Saturday: Early rain clears then sunny spells and showers. It will be cool and quite windy at times with 35mph gusts. A little milder but not that noticeable. Max 10°C

A wet weekend at times – not very Spring-like

Sunday: Cloudy with some more rain at times and again a brisk, westerly wind possibly gusting to 40mph. Max 12°C

Looking ahead: A little cooler with rain easing away to give some drier and more settled days but with some chilly nights.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 15th of March 2017 at 11am

Thursday 9th March 2017 – Sunday 12th March 2017


We’ve actually had a couple of reasonable days this week with the recent heavy rain coming overnight last night and tomorrow sees the sunshine continue. 

Thursday: Dry with sunny spells throughout the day. Windy at first but this easing. Feeling pleasant into the afternoon. Max 11°C

Friday: A cloudy day with some hill-fog and rain at times. Most of the rain will be patchy with some drier spells in between. Likely to be drizzly most of the day on the hills. Max 11°C

Saturday: Showery rain likely during the morning but some brighter, drier spells for later in the day. Breezy. Max 10°C

Cooler as the weekend goes on after a mild few days

Sunday: Rain will come in from the west then turn showery and introduce cooler air with some sunny spells. Max 9°C

Looking ahead: Little change at first with similar temperatures and some showery rain. Later in the week perhaps a few days of drying conditions. 


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 8th of March 2017 at 8:30pm

Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Sunday 5th March 2017

Hi all,

Winter has gone, meteorologically-speaking of course, but we all know we tend to see snow in March at some point, so don’t unpack the garden furniture just yet. Speaking of snow, there could be some overnight on Wednesday with up to 7cm possible above 300M. See Twitter for updates.

Rain likely to turn to snow Wednesday night.

Thursday: Cloudy with rain, sleet and snow during the morning. Drier into the afternoon with some brightness. Breezy too making it feel cold. Some more rain late-evening. Max 7°C

Friday: Some drier, bright spells during the day, but later cloud will thicken with a risk of more rain coming up from the southwest. A cold breeze. Max 7°C

Saturday: A messy picture on Saturday as low pressure from the south swings up another weather front which could stall over the region bringing a wet day with rain at times. There is some uncertainty how far north it gets so watch for updates on my Twitter, @ChadWeather. Max 6°C

Sunday: I’m hoping a little ridge of high pressure builds for Sunday so we have a drier day with some brightness. Temperatures remaining similar values.  Max 7°C

Looking ahead: Temperatures around average, bright spells but also a lot of cloud which will limit the frost-risk. Some showers.

February 2017 Stats

Max 13.1°C (20th)
Min -0.1°C (28th)
Wettest 18.8mm (23rd)
Windiest 49mph (23rd)
Rain 101.8mm (above average)
Rainy Days 23
Dry Days 5
Snow Falling Days 4
Snow Lying Days 1


Forecast Issued: Wednesday 1st of March at 2pm

Thursday 23rd February 2017 – Sunday 26th February 2017

Hi all,

The final blog of winter 16/17 and what a disappointment it has been, when it comes to proper cold and snow. However, even though March is classed as Spring, I expect it will throw some cold spells at us with some snow before we feel the Spring warmth that we’ve all been waiting for.

Before all that, Storm Doris, and with her, an AMBER weather warning which is not that common, even during winter. The storm is yet to form. It will be developing quickly as it approaches and crosses the UK. At the time of publishing these are the warnings: Yellow and Amber Weather Warnings.


The warning areas – we just sit in the AMBER area

Thursday: Be aware that there could be disruptive weather with some structural damage. The day will dawn quite ‘calm’ with what’s to come, with some rain moving in from the west. The rain will become heavy and from mid-morning the winds will increase quickly. Widely we can expect gusts to 50mph. There will be a spell of windier conditions, where we could locally see 60mph gusts and perhaps up to 80mph in exposed places. These gusts are strong enough to damage property and uproot trees. The strongest gusts are expected to be between 11am-3pm but times may vary so watch out for updates on Twitter. As the storm moves through, the winds will turn northwesterly and introduce colder air, so don’t be surprised to see some sleet or snow from mid-afternoon onwards. This is more likely to fall on higher ground (above 300M) and on the Pennines where there will be a few inches. Although it will become less windy into the evening, we can still expect gusts to 40mph. Overnight, further wintry showers with possible hail and feeling colder. Max 9°C which will be during the morning.



Storm Doris will bring a lot of snow to Southern Scotland and Northern England

Friday: A much quieter day. Once you have found your garden furniture, we can expect some showers early on but then drying up and remaining mostly cloudy with less wind. Further rain overnight. Max 6°C

Saturday: Early rain will move through but some blustery showers will follow on behind. Another spell of windy weather with gusts to 35-40mph. Milder. Max 10°C

Sunday: It should be a fine start with some bright spells. Cloud thickening later on as another low pressure comes in with some rain and breezy conditions. Max 9°C

Looking ahead: Next week will start cooler with some showers. The rest of the week will see it slowly turn milder as the weather settles down. Drier conditions favourable but a lot of cloud once more. Let’s hope March sees a decent snowfall before we close the door on Winter 16/17.



Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 22nd of February at 12:00pm


Thursday 16th February 2017 – Sunday 19th February 2017

Hi all,

How awful and baltic was that wind earlier this week? Thankfully the bitter air and howling gale have moved away and we’re back to a slightly milder theme with cloudier skies. The snow predicted last week, did arrive, but again, as seems to be the case these days, it’s saved for the higher ground where conditions were treacherous. 

Thursday: Bright spells here and there. A chance of a shower or two but isolated. Breezy and mild. Showery rain arrives into the evening and overnight. Max 10°C 

Friday: Early showers then slowly drying up, but staying mostly cloudy. Another double-digit day. Max 10°C

Saturday & Sunday: Generally cloudy. Some mist & fog likely in the morning and slow to clear in a few spots. During the day, some drizzle on the hills but other places dry. Any bright spells in sheltered spots away from the mild west to southwesterly flow. Max 9-11°C

Looking ahead: Remaining mild with temperatures around double-figures, possibly higher early in the week. Signs temperatures will drop away later in the month as colder air returns, this time possibly from the northwest.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for your local forecast. 


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 15th of February at 20:00

Thursday 9th February 2017 – Sunday 12th February 2017

Hi all,

As predicted in the last blog, colder weather with winds from the East is on its way.

As for snow, read on.

Thursday: The colder weather is now upon us with a frosty start. Variable cloud and dry with any bright spells to the west. Feeling very cold with a nagging breeze which might bring some snow flurries. Frosty later and some icy stretches where wintry showers have fallen. Max 3°C


A subzero windchill over the coming days – several layers needed

Friday: Feeling raw with a bitter, easterly wind and some snow flurries or snow grains in the air. Some bright spells, if any, favoured further west. Frost overnight. Max 2°C but some places in the hills not getting above freezing.

A cold weekend ahead as the easterly flow persists and this could bring snow.


Sleet & snow spreading in from the East Saturday evening into Sunday morning

Saturday: Another mostly cloudy day and cold. Later into the evening and overnight a weather system will come in from the North Sea and move westward bringing some snow inland. Some low-lying areas might see rain or sleet. Certainly one to watch. Max 4°C

Sunday: Don’t be surprised to wake up to see a covering of snow especially in areas above 200M. Any rain, sleet or snow should ease away leaving a drier day with bright spells. Becoming less cold later in the day. Max 5°C


Milder from the S or SE early next week, especially on Tuesday

Looking ahead: We lose the freezing, easterly feed so it will become milder and any lying snow will melt quickly. Mostly dry with bright spells and overnight frosts.

I’ve compared this winter so far, to last winter. It just shows how very wet last winter was.

1st Dec-7th Feb


Av. Temp 7.1°C
Rain 371.6mm
Wet Days 62
Dry Days 7


Av. Temp 5.5°C
Rain 145.4mm
Wet Days 49
Dry Days 20


Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 8th of February 2017 at 12:05
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