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  • Wed Wednesday
    9°C 1°C
    Heavy shower day
  • Thu Thursday
    3°C 1°C
    Sleet shower day
  • Fri Friday
    5°C 1°C
    Light rain
  • Sat Saturday
    5°C 0°C
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  • Sun Sunday
    4°C -1°C
    Sunny intervals
Wednesday (28 January 2015)
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Sunrise: 08:00 Sunset: 16:42 Moon phase: First quarter 2 Daily air quality index:2
Thursday (29 January 2015)
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Temperature (°C)
2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 2
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Sunrise: 07:59 Sunset: 16:44 Moon phase: First quarter 2 Daily air quality index:2
Friday (30 January 2015)
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Temperature (°C)
3 3 3 4 5 5 3 3
Warnings for Greater Manchester
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Sunrise: 07:57 Sunset: 16:46 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 2 Daily air quality index:2
Saturday (31 January 2015)
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Light shower night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Sunny day Cloudy Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night
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2 2 1 2 4 4 3 2
Warnings for Greater Manchester
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Sunrise: 07:56 Sunset: 16:48 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 2 Daily air quality index:2
Sunday (01 February 2015)
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2 1 1 1 3 4 2 1
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No warnings for Sunday
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Sunrise: 07:54 Sunset: 16:50 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 2 Daily air quality index:2
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Issued at: 0800 on Wed 28 Jan 2015

Forecast summary

  • Regional
  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for North West England

Becoming much colder today with rain and snow showers. Windy.

Today:

Cloudy and wet start with locally heavy and squally rain clearing to much colder conditions through the morning. Cold afternoon follows with sunny spells and scattered rain and snow showers feeding in on the strong to gale force northwesterly winds. Maximum Temperature 6C.

Tonight:

Windy night with frequent sleet and snow showers pushing in from the Irish Sea giving accumulations, especially over higher ground. Clear spells allowing frost, away from coasts, and icy stretches. Minimum Temperature -1C.

Thursday:

Another cold and windy day with sunny spells and further snow showers, However, these showers will likely fall as sleet near the coasts and more generally later in the day. Maximum Temperature 4C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Sunshine and wintry showers Friday, snow mostly confined to higher ground. Northerly winds will draw down colder air through the weekend with sunshine and scattered snow showers. Frosty by night.

Updated at: 0255 on Wed 28 Jan 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Turning much colder through Wednesday with snow in the north.

Today:

Cloudy, mild start in the south with some rain, locally heavy and squally, before clearing by lunchtime. Much colder, brighter conditions follow with frequent sleet and snow showers in the north/northwest with some accumulations likely. Windy, gales in the north.

Tonight:

Windy night with frequent snow showers, locally thundery, across northern and northwestern parts. Scattered wintry showers elsewhere, these mainly in west. Clear spells allowing a frost away from western coasts.

Thursday:

Another cold day with sunny spells and sleet and snow showers. Across southern parts, however, snow primarily falling over hills. Strong winds, especially in the west, will accentuate the cold.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Sunshine and wintry showers Friday, mainly rain to low levels. Thereafter, colder northerly winds will bring snow showers to northern parts and windward coasts, but some may push well inland.

Updated at: 0300 on Wed 28 Jan 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 1 Feb 2015 to Tuesday 10 Feb 2015:

The cold and showery theme to the weather will persist through most of the first week of February as northerly winds bring hail, sleet and snow showers to the country, these frequent across northern parts, with overnight frost and ice. The strong northerly winds, with gales in places, will accentuate the cold feel with a significant wind chill. The best of the drier, brighter weather will be across sheltered southern parts. However, there are signs of more changeable weather towards the end of the first week as winds turn more westerly. By then, spells of wind and rain coming in off the Atlantic suggest that temperatures are likely to become less cold and thus the likelihood of snow, frost and ice would be lower.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 11 Feb 2015 to Wednesday 25 Feb 2015:

It looks most likely that unsettled conditions will continue across much of the UK with temperatures closer to normal when compared to the start of February. This may be more obvious across parts of southern and western Britain where it might be a little wetter than average as spells of wind and rain make their way in from the Atlantic. However, there is the possibility of pressure building around the middle of the month bringing more settled conditions, particularly in the south.

Updated at: 0300 on Wed 28 Jan 2015

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Manchester

Manchester Manchester – Heavy rain 53.479 -2.2465
Preston Preston – Heavy rain 53.763 -2.7017
Sheffield Sheffield – Heavy rain 53.3809 -1.4686
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Heavy rain 53.0024 -2.178
Leeds Leeds – Heavy rain 53.8011 -1.547
Wrexham Wrexham – Heavy shower day 53.0428 -2.9911
Nottingham Nottingham – Heavy rain 52.9545 -1.1565
York York – Light rain 53.9621 -1.0789
Kendal Kendal – Heavy rain 54.3279 -2.7449
Birmingham Birmingham – Light rain 52.4859 -1.889
Lincoln Lincoln – Heavy shower day 53.2304 -0.539
Darlington Darlington – Heavy shower day 54.5235 -1.5579
Hull Hull – Heavy shower day 53.7492 -0.3471
Newtown (Powys) Newtown (Powys) – Heavy rain 52.5118 -3.3118
Caernarfon Caernarfon – Sunny intervals 53.1393 -4.2727
Whitby Whitby – Heavy shower day 54.4862 -0.6117
Boston Boston – Heavy shower day 52.9786 -0.0249
Hereford Hereford – Heavy shower day 52.056 -2.7146
Carlisle Carlisle – Light shower day 54.8924 -2.9315
Douglas (Isle of Man) Douglas (Isle of Man) – Cloudy 54.1518 -4.484

Location Details

Manchester

Location: 53.479, -2.2465

Altitude: 36m above mean sea level

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Manchester information

Located in the north-west of England, Manchester is one of the country's largest cities with a population of over half a million inhabitants.

Thanks to its early investment in the textile industry, Manchester was one of the UK's most important cities during the Industrial Revolution, acting as a hub both for the production and transport of goods around the country; a process which revolutionised the whole of the Manchester area and gave it the strong travel connections that it retains to this day. The city boasts a rich sporting history and a world-renowned reputation in the arts.

Winter in Manchester sees average daytime temperatures between 7° C at their highest and 0.5° C at their lowest. Air frost is most common in February and it's also the coldest month. Days of rain more than 1mm are high in December and January but take a dip in February. Likewise the amount of rainfall decreases significantly in February compared to January and December. Although Rainfall accumulation in Manchester is higher than the UK average in winter, it is not the wettest season.

Spring sees day time maxima rise from 7° C to 15° C. Sunshine hours also increases to a yearly high in May; which on average records around 185 hours. This is the UK average but there has been an increase in sunshine duration over industrial areas of Greater Manchester due to the Clean Air Act of 1956 and a decline in heavy industry. Spring is the driest time for Manchester, with rainfall accumulation around 77 - 106 mm each month. This is still above the UK average however.

The city plays host to the Manchester International Festival, a two-week event celebrating visual arts and popular music every summer. Previous performers include Björk, Damon Albarn and Kraftwerk, while the biggest names in theatre, dance and comedy also take part. July is the warmest month and August is not far behind, with average daytime temperatures reaching highs of 19° C and 18.7° C respectively. These temperatures are very close to nationwide figures. Once again rainfall is above average, although not by too much. Total sunshine hours are higher in summer than spring although May has the highest for an individual month.

Both temperatures and hours of sunshine start to decrease from September and by October they start to drop off significantly. At the same time rainfall increases. October usually sees the most rainfall of any month, with a long term average of close to 150 mm and more days of rainfall greater than 1mm. Air frost days usual start to become more frequent towards the end of Autumn but in no way as many as in the Winter months.

In sport Manchester is predominantly a footballing city which boasts not only the defending Premier League champions Manchester City, but also their red rivals Manchester United; the most famous football team in the world. They play their games at the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford respectively.

A stone's throw from the home of Manchester United is the Old Trafford cricket ground, which hosts regular Test cricket, ODIs and Twenty20 clashes. Having hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the city is also well-equipped to support the next generation of sporting talent.

Climate data based on Woodford, 1981 - 2010

Last updated: 30 October 2014