Manchester Weather Guide

Manchester’s climate sees much of what many would call typical English weather. However, the perception of good old British weather can differ from person to person, so hopefully the below climate info will clear things up, if not literally!

Season and Clothing

Winter: November to February

Manchester’s winter is noticeably cold and regularly drifts below freezing during the middle of the season. The sky is generally grey during the day, however clear blue skies can appear occasionally throughout the season. Clear wintry skies also make for a fresh and chilly day, so be sure to wrap up warm and wear some sturdy shoes. Most indoor venues are heated, and there’s always the pub for a warming drink too!

Average temperatures:  -5 – 5 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Winter clothing including a waterproof coat, thick jumper and walking boots.
Don't forget: Hat, gloves and an umbrella.

Spring: March to April

The springtime can be a glorious season in Manchester where beds of flowers across the city awake from their winter slumber and paint the centre with all colours of the rainbow. Weather cannot be taken for granted during this season though, with bursts of both summery and wintry weather. Towards the end of April, daytime temperatures become steadier and start to warm up for summer.

Average temperatures:  2 – 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering and a warm and waterproof coat.
Don't forget: An umbrella and sunnies.

Summer: May – August

The summer season in Manchester is usually pleasant and brings some excellent holidaying weather to the area.  Daytime temperatures sit around 20 degrees while the localised humidity in Manchester can make it feel hotter than what it actually is. Scattered showers still swing by every few days; however they don’t stick around for very long. This is considered to be the best season to visit Manchester to get around town and see the sights.

Average temperatures:  10 – 25 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Casual light layers as well as pants and a jacket for night.
Don't forget: Sunscreen, hat and sunnies.

Autumn: September – October

When autumn sets in around Manchester, temperatures cool off while the good weather lingers until October. Night-time in particular can get quite cold during autumn while, in October, rain and cold winds tend to set in, which can put a dampener on a night out. Be sure to pack for a variety of climatic conditions so you’re never caught short! Thankfully there’s no shortage of indoor venues like museums, shops and cafes (or pubs) to wait out the less-than-fab weather.

Average temperatures:  9 – 20 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers and a waterproof coat.
Don't forget:  An umbrella.