Seasons in Manchester

Like most of the United Kingdom Manchester falls under influence of Atlantic currents. The city has temperate oceanic climate with mild season and blurred transitions between them. Manchester is located close to the Pennines and the mountains are interfering flow of air masses resulting higher humidity than in other localities of the country.

Temperature averages of the city and region in general remain in positive rage (above 32 °F) for most of time. Precipitation takes form of rain and snowfalls are uncommon due to features of climate itself and urban warming effect.


Seasons

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Spring in Manchester

During spring weather in Manchester gradually becomes better. Not that local winter is really cold or uncomfortable. But through spring amount of sunshine hours increases from 99 to 188 and daytime average temperature grows from 10 °C (50 °F) to 16 °C (61 °F).

As for precipitation its annual amount is almost evenly distributed through a year unless at spring its probability is slightly lower. In addition nighttime temperatures are cool (3-7 °C or 37-44 °F). Even with general progression weather in Manchester is shifty so visitors should be prepared for sudden showers.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 65 mm (2.6")
April
Max average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 57 mm (2.2")
May
Max average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 69 mm (2.7")

Spring Holidays

March – Grimm up North (Rock & Metal) Festival.
March 2-18 – Irish Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
March-April – Easter celebrations.

April 1 – April Fool’s Day.
April 21 – Queen Elizabeth’s II Birthday.
April 22 – St. George’s Day Parade.
April 30 – Walpurgis Night.

May 1 – Beltane.
May 18- Great City Games.

Summer in Manchester

Summer is the best time to visit Manchester. Daytime averages sit around 20 °C (68 °F) and occasional showers are rather refreshing than unpleasant. Combining with air humidity local temperatures seem higher than they are. However some light layering is needed for breezy evenings with averages of 10-12 °C (50-53 °F).

In general summer is the sunniest, the warmest and the driest season. Averages tend to rise and at couple of past years there were occasional leaps to 30 °C (86 °F). Anyway sunglasses, umbrella and light sweater or jacket are necessary to visit Manchester at summer.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +20 °C (69 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 86 mm (3.4")
July
Max average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 83 mm (3.3")
August
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +13.5 °C (56 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 79 mm (3.1")

Summer Holidays

June – Parklife festival.
Second Saturday of June – Queen's Official Birthday.
June 17 – Manchester Day.

July – Manchester Jazz Festival.
July 15 - St. Svitun’s Day.

August – The Manchester Pride Big Weekend.
August 13 – International Day of Left-handers.

Autumn in Manchester

At September and October weather in Manchester is still comfortable. Average temperatures of those months are 16 °C (61 °F) and 14 °C (57 °F) respectively. At November air cools down to 10 °C (50 °F). Nighttime averages are decreasing from 10 °C (50 °F) to 4 °C (39 °F). Precipitation gains frequency and intensity while clouds cover the skies more often and strong winds rise.

But there are still things to do in Manchester even with such weather. Numerous museums, pubs and other public places offer indoor activities to wait for better weather.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (51 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 62 mm (2.4")
October
Max average t°: +14 °C (58 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 67 mm (2.6")
November
Max average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (40 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3.5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 68 mm (2.7")

Autumn Holidays

September – Manchester Food and Drink festival.
October 13 – Diwali Mela.
October 21 – Trafalgar Day, Apple Day.
October 27 – Halloween in the City.

November – Christmas markets.
November 5 – Guy Fawkes Day.
November 11 – Remembrance Day.

Winter in Manchester

In general winter in Manchester is dull and damp however it is rather warm than cold. Temperatures in negative range (below 32 °F) are rare and occur mostly at nights. And even if it drifts below freezing the temperature will be around -5 °C (23 °F). Lowest ever recorded temperature was -13 °C (8 °F) so severe frosts are not a thing in Manchester.

Indoors are usually heated and there are around 10 snowy days scattered over the season. Packing some warm clothes, good hat and sturdy shoes will prevent visitors from any sort of discomfort regarding weather.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Min average t°: +2.5 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 84 mm (3.3")
January
Max average t°: +7 °C (44 °F)
Min average t°: +2 °C (36 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 76 mm (3.0")
February
Max average t°: +7.5 °C (45 °F)
Min average t°: +2 °C (36 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 58 mm (2.3")

Winter Holidays

December 25 – Christmas.
December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day.

January 1 – New Year celebration.
February 14 – St. Valentine’s Day.
February 17 – Chinese New Year.