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Manchester Christmas lights

A Christmas tree lit for the festive season

Fri 4 Nov 2016

The festive season arrives in Manchester on 4 November with the Christmas lights switch-on.

The city centre will not only be illuminated by the festive lights, but also by the spectacular fireworks display that will brighten the sky.

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  • Overcast 22 °C

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  • Cloudy 22 °C

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Friday (Friday 17 August 2018)
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Warnings
Cloudy Heavy shower night Cloudy
10% 60% 10%
Temperature (°C)
16 ° 16 ° 16 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
15 ° 15 ° 15 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 6 16 SW 9 20 SW 10 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G
Humidity
85% 84% 85%
UV index
Sunrise: 05:51 Sunset: 20:34 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2 Pollen: L
Saturday (Saturday 18 August 2018)
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Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
16 ° 16 ° 17 ° 17 ° 17 ° 17 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 17 ° 17 ° 18 ° 19 ° 20 ° 21 ° 21 ° 22 ° 22 ° 21 ° 21 ° 20 ° 20 ° 19 ° 19 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
15 ° 15 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 16 ° 17 ° 18 ° 19 ° 19 ° 20 ° 21 ° 20 ° 20 ° 20 ° 19 ° 19 ° 18 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SW 10 22 SW 9 21 SW 8 19 SW 7 17 SW 9 19 SW 9 20 SW 9 19 SW 8 17 SW 9 18 SW 9 18 SW 10 18 SW 10 19 WSW 10 19 WSW 10 19 WSW 9 18 WSW 9 17 WSW 9 17 WSW 10 20 WSW 10 20 WSW 10 19 SW 9 18 SW 8 17 SSW 8 17 SSW 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G G G G G G G G G VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
86% 86% 87% 86% 86% 84% 82% 83% 82% 81% 78% 73% 71% 68% 67% 64% 64% 64% 67% 70% 75% 79% 83% 85%
UV index
1 1 1 2 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 2 1 1 1
Sunrise: 05:53 Sunset: 20:32 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2 Pollen: L
Sunday (Sunday 19 August 2018)
00:00 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Heavy rain Light rain Light rain Cloudy Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
10% 10% 60% 90% 70% 60% 20% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
18 ° 18 ° 18 ° 17 ° 18 ° 18 ° 19 ° 18 ° 17 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
18 ° 18 ° 17 ° 16 ° 16 ° 17 ° 18 ° 17 ° 17 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 9 19 SSW 8 18 S 10 22 S 13 27 SW 11 22 WSW 12 24 W 11 22 WNW 9 19 W 6 12
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G M M M G VG VG
Humidity
86% 87% 86% 90% 90% 90% 84% 83% 86%
UV index
1 1 3 2 1
Sunrise: 05:55 Sunset: 20:30 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2 Pollen: L
Monday (Monday 20 August 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Partly cloudy night Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Light shower day Light shower day Cloudy Cloudy
<5% 10% 20% 10% 30% 30% 20% 10%
Temperature (°C)
16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 18 ° 20 ° 20 ° 19 ° 18 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
17 ° 16 ° 16 ° 18 ° 20 ° 20 ° 19 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WSW 4 7 SSW 4 7 S 4 9 SSW 6 13 WSW 8 16 W 8 17 WNW 7 14 W 4 9
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G VG G
Humidity
90% 93% 92% 88% 80% 79% 80% 88%
UV index
1 2 4 2 1
Sunrise: 05:56 Sunset: 20:27 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2 Pollen: L
Tuesday (Tuesday 21 August 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Sunny intervals Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
10% 10% 10% <5% 10% <5% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
17 ° 16 ° 16 ° 18 ° 20 ° 21 ° 21 ° 18 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
17 ° 17 ° 16 ° 18 ° 20 ° 21 ° 20 ° 17 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WSW 4 8 SW 4 8 SSW 4 8 SW 5 11 SW 7 15 WSW 8 18 WSW 8 17 SW 8 15
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity
91% 93% 93% 85% 72% 66% 70% 82%
UV index
1 2 4 2 1
Sunrise: 05:58 Sunset: 20:25 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2 Pollen: L
Wednesday (Wednesday 22 August 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
10% 20% 20% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
17 ° 16 ° 15 ° 16 ° 17 ° 18 ° 16 ° 14 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
16 ° 15 ° 14 ° 15 ° 16 ° 16 ° 15 ° 14 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SW 8 16 WSW 8 17 WSW 8 16 W 10 20 W 10 22 WNW 10 22 WNW 9 18 W 5 10
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G VG VG VG
Humidity
88% 90% 88% 80% 72% 66% 66% 79%
UV index
1 2 4 2 1
Sunrise: 06:00 Sunset: 20:23 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous
Thursday (Thursday 23 August 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20%
Temperature (°C)
13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 15 ° 17 ° 17 ° 16 ° 14 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 14 ° 16 ° 16 ° 15 ° 13 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
W 4 8 SW 5 9 SW 5 10 WSW 7 16 WSW 9 19 WSW 9 19 W 8 16 WSW 7 14
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G VG VG VG VG G
Humidity
84% 86% 87% 76% 67% 66% 72% 83%
UV index
1 3 4 2 1
Sunrise: 06:02 Sunset: 20:21 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous
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4 November - Check the Manchester forecast before heading to this year's Christmas lights switch-on.

X Factor star Louisa Johnson will headline this year's switch-on show, joined by JP Cooper and M.O. (Modus Operandi).

Cold Feet start John Thomson will also take to the stage, together with the cast of Billy Elliot, and the Dancehouse Academy. 

The event will be hosted by Key 103 Breakfast DJ Mike Toolan, Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent and comic Paddy McGuinness.

The Christmas lights will stay up in Manchester's city centre over the festive period for the thousands of Christmas shoppers to enjoy while they are finding the perfect gift for friends and family.

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