Thursday 22nd March 2018 – Sunday 25th March 2018

Hi all,

Last week we discussed the ‘Beast from the East 2’, the sequel etc. and it certainly delivered. To be honest the amount of snow it brought even surprised me. The wind was also a feature bringing a severe wind-chill and snow drifts up to 4 feet high. It was only a short-lived affair, basically freezing us for the weekend and it wasn’t as intense as the previous Beast, but it was certainly impressive for the second half of March. Of course the media have jumped on this opportuinity to say number 3 is coming and we will see snow at Easter, but what is the realistic outlook?

‘Beast from the East 2’ Stats

  • The temperature dropped 6°C in 90 mins as colder conditions arrived on Friday
  • Snow fell most of Saturday afternoon and overnight
  • Widely 8cm of snow-cover
  • Snow drifts up to 4ft
  • Many road closures
  • Lowest wind-chill of -10°C
  • Lowest feels-like temperature of -11°C
  • Sunday didn’t see the temperature rise above freezing
  • Wind gusts of 50mph locally and especially on the hills felling some trees
Temp drop Beast 2

A rapid temperature drop as the ‘Beast from the East 2’ arrived last Friday

Thursday: Sunny spells and southwesterly winds freshening. It should remain dry until later in the evening and overnight when rain will arrive. Max 9°C

Friday: Early rain, some heavy clearing during the morning. Bright spells into the afternoon with a few showers, possibly thundery. Cool and breezy. Max 10°C

Weekend: Not bad at all, no dramas like last weekend.

Saturday: Apart from the odd shower it looks a reasonable day with sunny spells. Max 9°C

Sunday: A misty start, soon lifting to sunny spells and the odd rogue shower. With light winds it will feel pleasant in any sunshine. Max 10°C

Cold NE

Colder with a chance of snow showers by the time we get to Good Friday

Outlook: Remaining mild with temperatures close to double-figures. Some rain at times, especially into Tuesday, but brighter spells too. As we approach Easter the computer models are showing signs of a cold wind developing again. This looks to be from the northwest or north, but some signs are there for a northeasterly. This will bring lower temperatures and with it the risk of some wintry showers and snow. This looks to last 2-3 days, and yes you’ve guessed it, starting on Good Friday. So, at this current stage, no Beast from the East 3 exactly, but definitely not the Easter forecast you wanted to hear.

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Forecast Issued at 10:30am on Wednesday the 21st of March 2018



Thursday 15th March 2018 – Sunday 18th March 2018

Hi all,

Beast from the East 2. The sequel. Snow until Easter. I’ve heard it all this week. There’s some truth in those headlines and with it a disappointing outlook as Spring seems to be on hold.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy and windy across the region but with it some mild temperatures. Rain will be coming up from the south but will turn patchy at times and eventually fizzle out with hopefully some late-afternoon brightness. Max 9°C

Friday: Another cloudy and windy day with some showery rain at times, mainly in eastern areas. Feeling a little cooler too, especially later with a chance that some of the rain could turn to sleet or snow on the hills as colder air arrives. Max 7°C

Weekend: Bitterly cold, windy.

Saturday: A strong easterly wind feeding in much colder conditions. Gusts to 40mph likely. A similar pattern to when we had the Beast From the East but not as cold/snowy and it will not last as long. During the day some light snow showers could develop, but at this stage no significant snow is expected. Temperatures struggling above freezing with a severe wind-chill for the time of year making it feel like -5°CMax 2°C

Sunday: Remaining very cold with those biting winds from the east. Any snow flurries or showers tending to fade as the supply from the east gets cut off as high pressure builds. Max 3°C

Outlook: After a very cold 2-day spell over the weekend, it will become less cold but the search for anything Spring-like continues, with temperatures expected to remain below average throughout the next 5 days.

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Forecast Issued on Wednesday the 14th of March 2018 at 1:45pm.


Thursday 8th March 2018 – Sunday 11th March 2018

Hi all,

Well what a week that was. The ‘Beast From the East‘ certainly delivered. The official snow depth here was 12cm on the 1st of March and we had many days of snowfall, severe wind-chill, travel disruption and then very strong winds gusting locally to 55mph. Of course, weather-wise, we’re now into Spring and we say goodbye to Winter 2017-18, which turned out the ‘snowiest’ I’ve ever recorded since my records began in late-2012.

Extremes Recorded during the Beast From the East – all new records

Lowest Temp= -6.1°C (28th Feb)
Lowest Wind-chill= -12.0°C (1st Mar)
Lowest Apparent Temp= -12.1°C (1st Mar)
Lowest ‘Feels Like’ Temp = -13.3°C (1st Mar)
Lowest Daytime Max Temp= -2.4°C (28th Feb)

But the Lowest Dew Point record of -12.7°C, from the 25th of March 2017, remained intact.

Here’s how previous winters have compared.

Winter Stats

Comparing the last 6 winters


So can we expect something warmer and Spring-like soon?

Thursday: A cloudy damp start with some rain, sleet and hill-snow. Some settling snow is possible above 250M (2+cm), and especially so over the Pennines (5+cm), so check the roads if you’re travelling trans-Pennine routes. At the time of this blog there is a warning in place. This should all clear mid-morning with bright spells and showers following. Some of the showers heavy, perhaps wintry with hail and thunder. Max 6°C

Friday: We will start with a slight frost and some ice in places. Not a bad day in store with sunny spells and dry. Feeling pleasant in the sunshine. Cloudier later with rain overnight. Max 7°C

Weekend: Wet then drier; Sunday the better day

Saturday: A keen southeasterly wind. Rain, some heavy,  lasting most of the day. Just a few drier slots at times. Early on, there is a slight chance of some snow on the Pennines for a few hours but this is a low risk as it will get progressively milder. Max 9°C

Sunday: Yesterday’s rain clears quickly to leave a drier day with variable cloud allowing for some sunny spells here and there. Mild and it will be the first time we have reached double-figure temperatures since the end of January. Max 11°C

Outlook: Slighly cooler after Sunday with some showers at times which could be wintry. Milder later in the week with southwesterly winds dominating.

February 2018 Stats

Max 9.7°C (19th)
Min -6.1°C (28th)
Av. 2.5°C (colder than average)
Wettest 11.8mm
Windiest 44mph
Rain 60.8mm (drier than average)
Rainy Days 16
Dry Days 12
Air Frosts 14 (more than average)
Snow Falling Days 10
Snow Lying Days 6

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 7th of March 2018 at 5pm.

Thursday 15th February 2018 – Sunday 18th February 2018


Only a couple of weeks left of winter and recently we’ve felt its presence with some more snowfall and cold temperatures, but, change is on the way. However, don’t be thinking of putting away those thick coats just yet, as winter might not be done with, after the recent Sudden Stratospheric Warming event.

Thursday: A reasonable day with some bright spells and milder than recently. There will be the odd wintry shower and a fresh breeze. Max 7°C

Friday: Dry with sunny spells and feeling pleasant. Max 8°C

Weekend: Mostly dry with light winds as pressure builds.

Saturday and Sunday: Mostly cloudy with some bright spells. Feeling quite mild. Just the risk of some drizzle in any thicker cloud, especially on hilltops. Max 9-10°C


High pressure in charge next week so a lot of overdue drier weather on the way

Outlook: High pressure in charge and at first the position of the high will lead to mild and settled conditions. As the week progresses the high could well slip north and introduce cold, then very cold, easterly winds. Initially the focus will be on it feeling bitter but with a lot of dry and overcast weather.

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Forecast Issued at 13:45 on Wednesday 14th February 2018

Thursday 1st February 2018 – Sunday 4th February 2018

Hi all,

January is coming to a close and with just a month left of winter, who’s looking forward to Spring and those lighter mornings and evenings? I know I am, but I’m still hoping for some more snow before we get there.

Thursday: Cold with bright or sunny spells and windy. Just the chance of an isolated wintry shower during the morning mainly in western areas. Max 5°C

Friday: A cold and frosty start then a reasonable day with sunny spells and a chilly wind. Cloudier later in the day. Max 5°C

Weekend: Chance of snow

Rain arriving from the west on Saturday could turn to snow

Saturday: A very cold day. Cloudy with rain pushing in from the west. Snow is possible on higher ground (mostly >200M) but not exclusively. So, with a chance of snow to lower-levels, watch out for updates on Twitter. Later into the evening we return to a few wintry showers. Max 3°C

Sunday: A return to the brighter weather with a cold wind and sunny spells. The odd wintry shower possible in eastern areas. Max 5°C

Outlook: Remaining cold throughout with bright spells, slight frosts and some wintry showers. Tuesday/Wednesday could see a band of rain which could turn to snow in places. One to watch.

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Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 31st of January 2018 at 7:15pm

Thursday 25th January 2018 – Sunday 28th January 2018

Hi all,

It’s back to the normal British winter. No snow or proper cold in the next 7 days.

Thursday: A few bright spells during the morning but some showers, perhaps heavy and thundery, will arrive into the afternoon and last into the evening. Max 8°C

Friday: A reasonable day. Light winds, some sunny spells and mostly places escaping with a dry day. A touch cooler. Max 7°C

Weekend: Milder with some rain.

Saturday: A dry start but cloud thickening with some outbreaks of rain and drizzle, especially on higher ground, arriving from the southwest. Turning milder. Max 10°C


Perhaps a 13°C in some spots on Sunday

Sunday: Cloudy and dull with some patchy light rain and drizzle. Some areas sheltered from the southwesterly wind will remain dry. Much milder with a fresh breeze. Max 12°C

Outlook: A trend towards slightly less mild conditions as we enter February. It looks like we will settle down a touch too, with high pressure close by. No sign of anything particularly cold or snowy but a chance of a few slight frosts.

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Forecast Issued at 13:15 on Wednesday the 24th of January 2018

Thursday 11th January 2018 – Sunday 14th January 2018

Hi all,

The average maximum temperature for January is about 6°C. Currently we are below, standing at 3.9°C, but with little snow to show for it. I am pinning my hopes on some snow showers next week and a colder end to January but this is just a [hopeful] ‘thought’ and not a certainty.

Thursday: A foggy start, which could cause travel disruption on roads and at the airports, and some patchy frost too. It will be a cold day with some bright spells developing. Fog could linger in places and where it does it will not get much above freezing. Max 4°C

Friday: Little change with a murky start. A dry day to follow with some bright spells
where the low-cloud lifts but general mostly cloudy. Breezy later. Max 5°C

Weekend: Could be better

Saturday: Cloud thickening from the west with some patchy rain arriving slowly. A dull day all round. Max 6°C

Sunday: Any rain easing away and we will see some bright spells developing, but again more cloudy than bright, so a disappointing weekend overall. A more active weather front looks set to sweep rain across the region later on Sunday evening and overnight leading to a more active pattern. Max 5°C

Outlook: After the rain on Sunday we could well see a set-up of cold north-westerly winds with frequent wintry showers, so some snow possible next week, especially so on higher ground and a cold wind for all.

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December 2017 Stats

Max 11.1°C (7th)
Min -5.2°C (12th)
Av. 4.2°C (below average)
Wettest 13.6mm
Windiest 38mph
Rain 85.4mm (below average)
Rainy Days 28 (grim!)
Dry Days 3
Air Frosts 11
Snow Falling Days 9
Snow Lying Days 4


Forecast Issued at 1:30pm on Wednesday the 10th of January 2018

Thursday 4th January 2018 – Sunday 7th January 2018

Hi all,

Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!

I hinted that we would end 2017 with a named-storm and in rolled Storm Dylan to be followed by Storm Eleanor yesterday. The Jet Stream has been in charge of our weather in recent days but it will split this weekend and high pressure will build. A northeasterly flow will develop and we will enter a much colder but drier spell of weather.

Thursday: Cloudy with rain for the morning turning showery into the afternoon as the rain band pushes slowly north. We are still in the mild air so temperatures just above average. Max 8°C

Friday: Cloudy with some showers. There will be a little bit of brightness too and as the day progresses, it will get colder. Max 4°C

Weekend: Dry and colder with a biting wind-chill.

Saturday: Cold and mostly dry with some bright spells and the chance of a wintry shower blown in on a freezing northeasterly wind. Widespread frost overnight. Max 4°C

Sunday: Dry with sunny spells after a frosty start. Less breezy, so a pleasant day to get out and about if you’re wrapped up well. Frost returning at night and if winds fall light enough perhaps some fog. Max 4°C

Outlook: High pressure will face a battle with fronts trying to push in from the Atlantic. It will remain cold with plenty of dry weather. Cloud will increase from the west with a risk of rain, preceded by snow, possibly pushing the high pressure away by midweek. If this happens it would turn milder but there’s a reasonable chance that we get ‘locked in’ to the cold for while. Look out for updates on Twitter.

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Forecast issued at 3:45pm on Wednesday January 3rd 2018

Thursday 14th December 2017 – Sunday 17th December 2017

Hi all,

Sorry it’s a day late. Well what a busy few days that was, and nice to see some snowfall in the early stages of winter. It was a shame (a lot were relieved) that Sunday’s snowfall, which would have been 6 inches or more, ended up further south. Maybe next time…..

Thursday afternoon:  Some bright spells but also some wintry showers. Feeling bitter in the fresh westerly wind. During the evening and overnight a band of rain will move south which could be wintry on higher ground. Max 5°C

Friday: Breezy with Arctic air returning so feeling very cold after a frosty and icy start. Some sunny spells and wintry showers possible, especially to the northeast, so a chance of some hail or snow falling again. Max 4°C

Weekend: Saturday’s the better day.

Saturday:  Still cold with a sunny start but clouding over later in the day. I’m hopeful it does remain dry for most. Max 4°C

Sunday: A change on the way, rain arrives from the southwest and with it much milder air so temperatures lifting. Max 8°C

Outlook: Staying milder than recently with temperatures close to double-figures and with it plenty of cloud which brings a chance of hill-fog and some drizzle or light rain. Look out on Twitter for forecasts for Christmas Day. Early thoughts are, no chance of a White Christmas.

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Forecast Issued at 12:50pm on Thursday the 14th of December 2017

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 – Sunday 26th November 2017

Hi all,

Well hello weather, we welcomed back our typical Autumn this week, with an inch of rain falling in the first few days. We’ve also had a bit more snow-talk on the grapevine and this time there is some truth in the rumours. No no, don’t get your sledges out just yet, just be ready for a cold weekend with a risk of wintry showers.

Thursday: A mild start with some bright spells but showers will start to appear as the day progresses. Remaining windy and slowly becoming colder. Max 9°C

Friday: A better day and hopefully we will escape with a dry one with sunny spells. It will feel colder again with temperatures really struggling, leading to a slight frost overnight. Max 6°C

Weekend: Cold and breezy with wintry showers and some night-time frosts.

Wintry Showers

Wintry showers, some falling as snow especially on Saturday

Saturday: A bitter day with some bright spells and wintry showers which will could fall as hail or sleet. Some snow showers are possible, in any heavier bursts and certainly more likely on higher ground. Max 5°C

Sunday: More in the way of sunshine with a few wintry showers left over, but there shouldn’t be as many as Saturday. Still cold, especially with the freshening breeze ahead of rain due late-evening and overnight. Max 6°C

Outlook: A touch milder with some rain but then it seems the colder air returns and with it the risk of wintry showers and overnight frosts.

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Forecast Issued on Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 at 11:35am.