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  • Sat Saturday 28th
    13°C 7°C
    Light rain
  • Sun Sunday 29th
    9°C 4°C
    Heavy rain
  • Mon Monday 30th
    10°C 7°C
    Heavy rain
  • Tue Tuesday 31st
    10°C 4°C
    Light shower day
  • Wed Wednesday 1st
    9°C 5°C
    Cloudy
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Sunrise: 05:52 Sunset: 18:35 Moon phase: First quarter 3 Daily air quality index:3
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Issued at: 0300 on Sat 28 Mar 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for North West England

Rain clearing to sunshine and showers. Remaining windy for all.

Today:

A wet and windy start, with rain clearing eastwards during the morning. Sunny spells will then follow with blustery showers developing through the afternoon. However, it will stay windy for all areas. Maximum Temperature 14C.

Tonight:

Remaining windy with variable cloud and clear spells. Showers persisting, possibly merging to longer spells of rain at times. Cloud likely increasing in the south later. Minimum Temperature 5C.

Sunday:

Breezy with outbreaks of rain moving eastwards across the south this morning. Brighter, showery conditions in the north will steadily spread south-eastwards. Showers locally thundery and possibly wintry over hills. Maximum Temperature 12C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Windy with gales likely on Monday with rain spreading east. Drier and brighter Tuesday but with gales and showers, possibly wintry over hills. Fewer showers Wednesday with winds gradually easing.

Updated at: 0221 on Sat 28 Mar 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Windy with cloud and rain clearing to sunshine and showers.

Today:

Windy for all parts with gales, especially across northern and western Scotland and northeast England, but steadily easing. Rain clearing south-eastwards and easing with sunny spells following. Showers developing in the north and west, possibly wintry over Scottish hills.

Tonight:

Mainly dry with clear spells at first. Windy in the north with showers continuing in the northwest, locally heavy. Rain and gales spreading to Wales and southwest England by morning.

Sunday:

Windy with local gales likely. Rain, locally heavy in the west, clearing eastwards while brighter, showery conditions in the north spread south-eastwards. Showers locally wintry with thunder in the northwest.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Windy with gales likely on Monday with rain spreading east. Drier and brighter Tuesday with blustery showers, heavy and wintry in north with gales. Wintry showers in the north Wednesday.

Updated at: 0221 on Sat 28 Mar 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 1 Apr 2015 to Friday 10 Apr 2015:

A bright but windy start on Wednesday, although some blustery and perhaps wintry showers are likely for a time in the north. Cloud will then gradually build from the west, as a band of rain spreads slowly eastwards into Thursday, although some northeastern parts will remain dry. Into the Easter weekend and the following week, changeable conditions are expected, especially across the north. This will bring periods of stronger wind, rain and showers, although interspersed with some sunny spells. With high pressure remaining close to the south of the UK, and perhaps extending across the UK at times, some more prolonged drier and brighter conditions are possible, particularly in the south and east. Temperatures will be near average, but occasionally below average in the north, with localised overnight frost possible.

UK Outlook for Friday 10 Apr 2015 to Friday 24 Apr 2015:

The changeable period is expected to continue, with unsettled conditions interspersed with some spells of fine weather. With a westerly weather type most likely, especially at first, showery outbreaks or longer spells of rain are likely to affect parts of the UK throughout the period. These unsettled conditions will be most frequent across the northwest, although extending further south and east at times. There will also be some drier, brighter and settled periods, these most prolonged the south and east, and also later in the period. Temperatures are then expected to average out to be around normal for the middle of April. However they will vary from day to day, and there are likely to be some cold nights at times, especially in the north, where localised frosts remain possible.

Updated at: 1149 on Fri 27 Mar 2015

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