North West England extremes
|Highest maximum temperature||Myerscough||21.6|
|Lowest maximum temperature||St Bees Head||17.3|
|Lowest minimum temperature||Shap||4.9|
|Highest rainfall||Preston Moor Park||0.2|
|Highest maximum temperature||Northolt||23.0|
|Lowest maximum temperature||Salsburgh||13.7|
|Lowest minimum temperature||Trawsgoed||3.9|
|Highest rainfall||Wych Cross||3.6|
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Issued at: 0002 on Wed 03 Sep 2014
Location: 53.479, -2.2465
Altitude: 36m above mean sea level
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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