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Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for North West England

Bright and crisp today with a scattering of wintry showers.

Today:

After a cold start with a sharp frost it will be a bright but fresh day with sunny spells and showers, the showers falling as snow over even modest hills. Despite the sunshine it will feel cold. Maximum Temperature 5°C.

Tonight:

Tonight skies will remain fairly clear leading to a sharp frost forming with the coldest temperatures over hills with lying snow. Occasional wintry showers will also continue. Minimum Temperature -4°C.

Monday:

It will be a very cold but sunny start to Monday morning. Occasional showers during the morning will fade into the afternoon to leave prolonged winter sunshine. Maximum Temperature 6°C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Tuesday too will be cold but often sunny. Turning briefly milder on Wednesday with some rain though, colder again by Thursday with the risk of further sleet and snow.

Updated at: 0228 on Sun 14 Feb 2016

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cold and sunny. Wintry showers in the north and east.

Today:

Rain and hill snow will slowly clear from the south, leaving most places dry, with sunny spells. However, there will be wintry showers in the north and east, giving some accumulations. It will feel cold in a brisk northeasterly wind.

Tonight:

There will be further wintry showers across the north and east. Elsewhere, it will be mostly dry with clear spells, which will give a widespread frost away from windward coasts.

Monday:

It will be a cold and frosty start to Monday, with plenty of sunshine. However, there will be sleet and snow showers feeding into eastern coastal regions, these spreading inland.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Cold and bright weather on Tuesday, with a few wintry showers in the southeast. Rain, sleet and snow will spread southeastwards during Wednesday and Thursday. Widespread night-time frosts for many.

Updated at: 0206 on Sun 14 Feb 2016

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Thursday 18 Feb 2016 to Saturday 27 Feb 2016:

On Thursday, a band of rain, and perhaps sleet and snow, will probably affect southeast England at first, but is likely to weaken and clear eastwards through the day. Elsewhere, after a frosty start, there will be plenty of sunshine, and some scattered wintry showers in the west. Thicker cloud, stronger winds and outbreaks of rain are then likely to spread in from the northwest through Friday, with snow possible in parts of the north, clearing to blustery showers later. Thereafter, the weather looks set to remain rather changeable. There will be some milder, wet and windy weather at times, with a risk of gales, perhaps severe in the north. However there will also be some clearer and frosty periods in-between weather systems.

UK Outlook for Sunday 28 Feb 2016 to Sunday 13 Mar 2016:

A continuation of the rather changeable weather looks the most likely trend at this stage, with winds predominantly blowing from the northwest. This means the wettest and windiest conditions will probably affect northern and western areas, with a greater likelihood of settled periods of weather in the south and east. There is a chance that a period of more widespread cold and settled conditions could develop around the turn of the month, however confidence in this is low. Temperatures probably averaging out near or just below normal. Some frosty nights are likely, but there could well be large day-to-day variations as weather systems come and go.

Updated at: 0206 on Sun 14 Feb 2016

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Weather forecast map for Manchester

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

Location Details

Manchester

Location: 53.479, -2.2465

Altitude: 36.0m 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 while air frost is most common in February. 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 55 - 60 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 20.2° C and 20.1° 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 100 mm. 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 two Premier League champions in the form of Manchester City and their red rivals Manchester United who 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: 21 October 2015