Manchester, much like the rest of the UK, has an
unpredictable yet temperate type of weather. Temperate climates are
characterised by the absence of extremes in the weather, and a small
temperature range. Manchester
has a twelve degree range in average temperatures with the yearly lowest
average being 4 ºC (in January and Feb) and the yearly highest average being 16
ºC (in July and August.) On the whole Manchester
weather is gentle, moist and misty.
Manchester’s weather is very similar to that of the British Isles; with temperate maritime conditions. This
is characterised by cool summers and
mild winters. Though the city has a reputation for being wet all year
round, it in fact receives on average of 319 mm less rain than the annual
average for the United
Kingdom. In saying this, rain in Manchester does occur
quite frequently but these spells are often light rainfall. The region averages
140 days of rain each year, which is less than the United Kingdom's average of 155
London, Manchester is affected by 'urban warming'
which means that temperatures in the city tend to be one to six degrees warmer
than once you leave the city and head into the suburban and rural areas. Manchester has quite high humidity levels, which has the
affect of making it seem much warmer than it is as it alters your body’s
cooling mechanisms. The high humidity in Manchester
has contributed to the city being a successful cotton producer, as the moisture
in the air means that textiles are less likely to break during production.
Summers in Manchester
are pleasant and are devoid of the high temperature extremes that other parts
of Europe experience. The average temperature
for July is 15 ºC, and June and August see average temperatures of 13 ºC and 16
ºC respectively. The high pressure systems in the region can see Manchester experiencing
spells of very hot, dry weather where temperatures rise above 30 ºC.
Winter is rainy and cold, but
relatively mild comparative to some parts of the UK. As it has been said Manchester receives less
rain, on average, than many other parts of the country. It rarely snows in the
city, though it is not entirely uncommon for roads to be closed upon leaving
due to snowfall.