Reality Check – Your Saddleworth weather snapshot

WOW, simply WOW! What incredible weather that was for late-February.

Wall-to-wall sunshine, warm enough for shorts and t-shirts, record-breaking temperatures and even cold nights with grass-frosts thrown in. I don’t think I’ve ever ‘sunbathed’ in February. Crazy stuff.

All this warmth was brought about by low pressures to the west and a huge stubborn area of high pressure to the east, allowing for an airflow to waft warm air all the way up from the Canaries. If it had been summer we could have been looking at temperatures into the 30s.

I only have records dating back to late-2012 and the highest temperature I had ever recorded in February was 13.9°C. This was smashed several times.

15.9°C on 22nd Feb 2019
15.4°C on 23rd Feb 2019
16.3°C on 24th Feb 2019
18.2°C on 25th Feb 2019
19.4°C on 26th Feb 2019 – current record for February and a Winter day

During these temperatures we had 4 nights with the grass temps down below freezing and also some dry air with a humidity of only 24% recorded on the 25th of February 2019.

Ready for a reality check?

Thursday: A bright start but cloud thickening with some showery rain possible at any time during the day. Feeling much cooler. Max 11°C

Friday: A little ridge of high pressure will give us a dry day with some bright or sunny spells. Max 12°C

Weekend: Low pressure in charge as Atlantic weather systems return on the Jet Stream.

Saturday: Becoming windy with showery rain arriving from the west with some heavier bursts. Gusty in the showers. Max 10°C

Sunday: Windy with sunny spells and a few scattered showers which might become more persistent later in the day. Feeling cool. Max 10°C

Outlook: Unsettled with spells of wind and showers, some could be wintry on high ground. Some drier spells in between. Temperatures 8-10°C at best.

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast issued on Wednesday the 27th of February 2019 at 12:55pm

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