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    • UK 5 days
    • UK 6-30 days

    Regional forecast for North West England

    Bright with scattered showers. Breezy at times.


    A breezy day with variable amounts of cloud. Some showers are likely, mainly across northern and western parts of the region, but with bright or sunny spells developing in-between. Maximum Temperature 20C.


    Many places dry during the evening with just isolated showers continuing. Some clear spells are likely overnight although a few heavier showers are possible later. Becoming less breezy. Minimum Temperature 15C.


    An unsettled day with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. These may be locally heavy with thunder and may also merge to give some longer spells of rain. Maximum Temperature 21C.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    Changeable conditions persist, with showers or rain, occasionally heavy, on Friday and Saturday but also bright or sunny intervals. Breezier, with some longer spells of rain at first on Sunday.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 30 Jul 2014

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Showers affecting northwestern parts. Drier and brighter elsewhere.


    Most places will see another fine and dry day with bright or sunny spells. Still breezy for a time in parts of the north with scattered showers, some of these turning heavy.


    Staying dry across many southern and eastern areas with evening sunshine and clear spells overnight. Partly cloudy with scattered showers continuing further north and west, although becoming less breezy.


    Showers will continue across the north and west, turning heavy and perhaps thundery at times, especially Scotland. Drier in the southeast with warm sunny spells, but still with isolated showers.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    Turning increasingly unsettled through Friday and Saturday across all areas with sunny spells and showers or rain. Becoming drier in the south on Sunday, but cloudier with rain in north.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 30 Jul 2014

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Monday 4 Aug 2014 to Wednesday 13 Aug 2014:

    Many areas probably starting off fine and generally dry on Monday. However, cloud and rain, possibly heavy at times, will gradually spread from the west through the latter part of Monday, through probably not reaching eastern regions until later on Tuesday. The unsettled theme is likely to continue until the end of the period, although there may be more in the way of drier and brighter conditions developing across the south and east later. Temperatures generally near normal, but often warm towards the south and east. Winds generally light to moderate for most, but perhaps locally strong in the northwest, with a risk of gales in some exposed western parts into the second half of next week.

    UK Outlook for Thursday 14 Aug 2014 to Thursday 28 Aug 2014:

    With no particularly strong signals regarding weather patterns over the UK during the latter part of August, conditions are more likely than not to be close to climatology. As such most regions can expect to see periods of fine weather with some sunshine interspersed by occasional spells of more changeable conditions with showers or rain. Northern parts are perhaps most likely to see the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather leaving southern parts with the most prolonged fine spells. Daytime temperatures are then likely to often be above average during fine spells.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 30 Jul 2014

    Location Details


    Location: 53.763, -2.7017

    Altitude: 30m above mean sea level

    Preston information

    Preston is located 220 miles north-west of London, approximately 27 miles north-west of Manchester and about 15 miles east of the coastal town of Blackpool.

    The city lies mainly to the north of the River Ribble, while to the north of the settlement itself is the Forest of Bowland area of outstanding natural beauty.

    While there is a lot of evidence of archaeology from the surrounding area from Roman and pre Roman times, the settlement was first recorded in the Domesday book (1086) as “Prestune”. It was granted a charter to be a market town in 1179 by King Henry II.

    The city was the meeting point of opposing armies in 1648 during the English Civil War) and in 1715 during the Jacobite rebellion.

    Textiles have been produced in Preston since the middle of the 13th century, when locally produced wool was woven in people’s houses. The industry grew and developed, particularly as part of the “cotton trade” into the main local employer until entering its period of major decline in the 20th century