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Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for North West England

Chilly and frosty tonight. Cloudier tomorrow with some rain possible.

This Evening and Tonight:

Dry and largely clear for most overnight with winds easing. Temperatures will fall close to, or possibly just below, freezing so a frost is expected to develop. Minimum Temperature 0C.

Friday:

It should stay mainly dry for most, but will become increasingly cloudy from the west. A few spots of drizzle are possible across the hills from any thicker cloud. Maximum Temperature 11C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

A much windier period of weather with gales likely. Outbreaks of rain are likely on most days, heavy at times, but brief drier spells are also likely.

Updated at: 1402 on Thu 26 Mar 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Chilly and frosty tonight. Increasingly cloudy tomorrow, rain in west.

This Evening and Tonight:

A few showers will linger across north-western Scotland and cloud will likely persist across East Anglia, otherwise most places will be dry with clear spells and patchy frost. However, cloud will start to increase across western Britain by dawn.

Friday:

It will become increasingly cloudy from the west with outbreaks of rain across south-western areas of the UK and northwest Scotland. The best of the sunshine likely across north-eastern Scotland.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

An unsettled and often windy period with gales likely at times. Outbreaks of rain are likely on most days, heaviest and most frequent across northern and western Britain.

Updated at: 1402 on Thu 26 Mar 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 31 Mar 2015 to Thursday 9 Apr 2015:

Unsettled, generally windy with a risk risk of gales, or severe gales, in the north and west, especially Tuesday. A rain band will clear southeastwards through Tuesday, followed by sunshine and blustery showers, most frequent in the northwest where they could turn wintry. Drier Wednesday, although further wind and rain likely returning from the west. Temperatures mild in the south, but colder in the north. Then generally remaining changeable through the remainder of next week and into Easter with spells of wind , rain and showers, mainly across northwestern parts, interspersed by drier brighter conditions, particularly in the south. Showers in the north, possibly wintry over hills at times. Temperatures near average in the south but below in the north with overnight frosts likely here, possibly locally in the south also.

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

The changeable period will probably continue, with unsettled conditions interspersed with some spells of fine weather. Current indications are that westerly regime will persist allowing showers or longer spells of rain to affect the UK at times, with northwestern parts likely seeing the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather. There will likely be some drier, more settled periods too, predominantly across the south and east; but across all parts at times. There will therefore probably be a wide range in temperatures with some warmer days, but also some cold nights, with a continued risk of frosts; especially in the north. By mid-April, signals become very uncertain.

Updated at: 1154 on Thu 26 Mar 2015

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Weather forecast map for Manchester

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