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  • Wed Wednesday 4th
    8°C 4°C
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  • Thu Thursday 5th
    9°C 6°C
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  • Fri Friday 6th
    10°C 7°C
    Overcast
  • Sat Saturday 7th
    13°C 7°C
    Cloudy
  • Sun Sunday 8th
    11°C 2°C
    Cloudy
Wednesday (04 March 2015)
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Thursday (05 March 2015)
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Sunrise: 06:40 Sunset: 17:58 Moon phase: Waning gibbous 3 Daily air quality index:3
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Issued at: 1000 on Wed 04 Mar 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for North West England

Showers clearing. Feeling less cold in the sunshine.

Today:

A cold start with some showers, these most frequent in the north of the region. Showers will gradually clear through the day leaving everywhere fine. Winds will become lighter, making it feel less cold in the sunshine. Maximum Temperature 8C.

Tonight:

Staying mostly dry overnight with cloud gradually increasing from the northwest. Further south, clearer skies may lead to some frost patches. Becoming breezy. Minimum Temperature 1C.

Thursday:

Mostly cloudy day but with some bright or sunny spells. Staying dry, for many although the cloud may be thick enough in places giving some light rain. Becoming mild. Breezy. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Variable amounts of cloud with sunny spells. Rain and drizzle at times, mainly north. Windy for many with gales northwest. Rain edging south Sunday. Mild or very mild for most.

Updated at: 0244 on Wed 04 Mar 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Turning dry and bright for many. Feeling pleasant in sunshine.

Today:

Cold and bright start for many, with showers in the north and west of the country at first. Showers will gradually clear through the day leaving everywhere fine. Winds will ease, making it feel reasonably pleasant in the sunshine.

Tonight:

Staying dry and clear in the south and east, leading to a widespread frost developing. Turning cloudy with patchy rain and strengthening winds in the northwest with gales in exposure.

Thursday:

Rain in northwestern areas turning heavy and persistent. Further south, brighter, dry conditions will prevail, although it will probably become cloudy later. Windy in north with gales at times. Milder.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Rain affecting northwest Scotland, often heavy and persistent. Elsewhere, variable cloud with sunny spells. Windy for many with gales northwest. Rain edging south Sunday. Mild or very mild for most.

Updated at: 0232 on Wed 04 Mar 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 8 Mar 2015 to Tuesday 17 Mar 2015:

A northwest/southeast split is likely on Sunday. Wetter weather is expected in the northwest, with outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy in western Scotland, slowly moving south, possibly reaching northern England by the end of the day before stalling. It will also be windy with gales possible in places. Drier, brighter, less windy conditions are likely in the southeast, with some sunny spells. It will become mild across the country and may be very mild in some eastern parts. From Monday, there looks to be a change to more settled conditions to most parts of the UK, however, occasional weather systems will likely bring cloudier interludes with rain to northern and western parts. There is uncertainty in temperatures, but they are more likely to be average for the time of year.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 to Wednesday 1 Apr 2015:

It looks probable that pressure will remain higher than average across the UK at first. This would bring generally drier than average conditions, but it is likely that there could also be some cloud at times, with some occasional rain or showers particularly across the north. There are signs that a more unsettled regime will be established in late March with wetter than average conditions probably developing in the northwest, but still with drier weather in the southeast.

Updated at: 1155 on Tue 03 Mar 2015

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Manchester

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