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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.

  • Cloudy 17 °C

    11 °C

  • Light rain 15 °C

    7 °C

  • Sunny day 12 °C

    10 °C

  • Overcast 13 °C

    12 °C

  • Overcast 13 °C

    10 °C

  • Light rain 11 °C

    8 °C

  • Heavy shower day 10 °C

    4 °C

Saturday (Saturday 20 October 2018)
Now 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
Overcast Cloudy Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy
10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
16 ° 16 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 °
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15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WNW 5 10 W 3 8 WSW 4 9 SW 5 8 SW 4 8 SW 5 8
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G
Humidity
73% 76% 78% 81% 83% 82%
UV index
Sunrise: 07:44 Sunset: 18:02 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Sunday (Sunday 21 October 2018)
00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Light rain Heavy rain Light rain Overcast Cloudy Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Clear night Clear night Clear night
10% 10% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 60% 80% 60% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 9 °
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12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 5 9 SSW 4 8 S 3 6 S 4 6 S 4 7 S 4 8 S 4 8 S 4 7 S 4 8 SSW 4 9 SSW 4 9 SSW 5 10 SSW 5 10 SW 6 11 WSW 6 13 WSW 7 15 NW 10 20 WNW 7 14 NW 10 20 NW 9 20 NW 8 18 NW 8 19 NNW 8 19 NNW 6 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G M M M M M M M M M M G G VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
83% 84% 87% 88% 89% 90% 92% 93% 92% 92% 91% 88% 87% 87% 89% 91% 91% 86% 81% 80% 79% 77% 73% 71%
UV index
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:46 Sunset: 18:00 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Monday (Monday 22 October 2018)
00:00 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10%
Temperature (°C)
9 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
8 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NNW 5 13 NNW 4 11 NNW 4 12 NNW 4 11 WNW 3 9 WNW 9 18 WNW 11 23 W 10 21 WNW 13 26
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity
73% 74% 76% 76% 71% 61% 60% 72% 74%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:48 Sunset: 17:58 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (Tuesday 23 October 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 20%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WNW 15 30 WNW 17 33 WNW 17 33 WNW 17 33 WNW 18 36 WNW 18 36 WNW 16 31 WNW 16 31
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG G G
Humidity
78% 81% 81% 80% 79% 81% 85% 87%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:50 Sunset: 17:56 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 2
Wednesday (Wednesday 24 October 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
10% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 30% 30%
Temperature (°C)
12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WNW 15 28 WNW 13 26 WNW 12 23 WNW 12 23 WNW 12 23 WNW 11 23 WNW 10 21 WNW 10 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G G G
Humidity
89% 91% 92% 91% 89% 88% 90% 89%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:52 Sunset: 17:53 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 2
Thursday (Thursday 25 October 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Overcast Overcast Light rain Light rain Light rain Light rain Overcast Light rain
30% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% 20% 50%
Temperature (°C)
10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NW 9 17 WNW 9 17 WNW 8 15 WNW 8 16 WNW 10 19 WNW 10 19 W 8 15 W 8 15
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G M G G G G G
Humidity
89% 90% 92% 90% 87% 87% 89% 90%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:54 Sunset: 17:51 Moon phase: Full
Friday (Friday 26 October 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Light rain Light rain Light rain Cloudy Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Clear night Clear night
50% 50% 50% 10% 60% 60% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 8 ° 7 ° 6 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 4 ° 2 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
W 8 16 W 9 16 W 9 16 WNW 10 20 WNW 13 26 NW 13 25 NW 11 21 NNW 11 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G VG VG VG
Humidity
90% 89% 87% 82% 73% 73% 76% 77%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:56 Sunset: 17:49 Moon phase: Full
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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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