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    Forecast Summary

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

    Regional forecast for North West England

    Rain spreading northeastwards overnight. Becoming breezy for a time.

    This Evening and Tonight:

    A dry end to the day, but cloud will continue to thicken from the southwest with outbreaks of rain gradually spreading northeastwards overnight, locally heavy in the west. Winds will strengthen for a time too. Feeling less cold. Minimum Temperature 12C.

    Thursday:

    Rain will quickly clear to the northeast during the morning with some bright or sunny spells following. Showery rain will then affect some places later, spreading eastwards during the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 21C.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    Sunshine and showers or longer spells of rain on Friday and Saturday. Rather windy at times, but easing later on Saturday. Mostly dry on Sunday, with bright or sunny spells.

    Issued at: 1700 on Wed 27 Aug 2014

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Rain in southwest, spreading northeastwards. Clearer conditions follow.

    This Evening and Tonight:

    Rain across the southwest will continue moving northeastwards overnight, becoming heavy at times in the west. Breezy near the rain, especially in the northwest with near gales. Clearer conditions across the far northeast and following into southwestern areas later.

    Thursday:

    Rain continuing northeastwards, affecting the Northern Isles by afternoon. Elsewhere largely dry with sunny spells, though a few showers likely, merging at times in the west. Windy, especially in northwest.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    A mix of sunshine and showers or longer spells of rain on Friday and Saturday. Winds easing Saturday. Sunday starting dry, but rain and strong winds returning into northwest later.

    Issued at: 1700 on Wed 27 Aug 2014

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Monday 1 Sep 2014 to Wednesday 10 Sep 2014:

    Remaining generally unsettled on Monday with further outbreaks of rain, occasionally heavy in the far northwest with the risk of gales, spreading eastwards. Drier and brighter in the south though, with light winds. More settled conditions will gradually spread in from the west on Tuesday, with southern areas likely to see the best of the drier, brighter and warmer weather, whilst some northern parts could see a few showers but also some sunny intervals and light winds. Towards the end of the period, a return to more changeable conditions is likely, with northern and western areas in particular likely to see some rain at times. Temperatures will generally be near normal at first, though feeling chilly in strong winds on Monday, then gradually increase to a few degrees above average.

    UK Outlook for Thursday 11 Sep 2014 to Thursday 25 Sep 2014:

    During mid to late September most regions can expect to see periods of fine weather, with some warm sunshine at times. However, these fine periods may well be interspersed with occasional spells of cloudier, more unsettled conditions bringing showers or longer spells of rain. Northern and western parts are then probably most likely to see the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather, whilst southern and eastern parts should see the most prolonged fine and dry spells. Daytime temperatures are likely to be above average during fine weather leaving conditions feeling pleasantly warm. Nights, however, may well be on the chilly side. During any unsettled weather daytime temperatures are more likely to be near or below average leaving conditions feeling cool.

    Issued at: 1700 on Wed 27 Aug 2014

    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. Manchester is also home to the world’s largest branch of Next along with the presence of many other fashion and retail brands.

    Until 1974 the Greater Manchester metropolitan area was a part of the county of Lancashire. The Greater Manchester Urban area is mainly based within the M60 which encircles it — although it is considered to extend as far north as Radcliffe, and as far to the south as the Ringway parish north of Wilmslow, where its major international airport is located.

    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.

    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, two of the most fan-friendly grounds in the country, with excellent facilities and great transport links from around the area.

    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.

    Attractions include the Manchester Opera House which is often the next stop for the hit shows direct from the West End, the MEN Arena, which has witnessed the biggest names in music and comedy, and Manchester Central which holds trade shows, fan conventions and industry bashes.

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