Manchester, where it's located

The climate of Manchester is oceanic, cool and humid most of the year. The city is located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) away from the coast of the Irish Sea, where Liverpool is located.
The average temperature ranges from 4.5 °C (40 °F) in January and February to 16.5 °C (62 °F) in July. Here are the average temperatures.
Manchester - Average temperatures
Min (°C)2235810131210742
Max (°C)781013161921201814107
Min (°F)363637414650555450453936
Max (°F)454650556166706864575045

Precipitation amounts to 830 millimeters (32.5 inches) per year. It is well distributed over the seasons, and is frequent also in summer. However, the wettest season is autumn. Here is the average precipitation.
Manchester - Average precipitation

Winter, from December to February, is quite cold: temperatures are not so low, but wind and humidity can increase the sensation of cold. The sky is often cloudy, and rainfall is frequent. Sometimes, intense Atlantic depressions can cause wind storms.
Snowfalls are relatively rare; usually, cold spells are not too intense and do not last long. The temperature rarely drops below -7 °C (19 °F), however, it can do it during very cold periods. Here are some values recorded in the past: January 1979: -12 °C (10.5 °F); December 1981: -13 °C (8.5 °F); January 1982: -11 °C (12 °F); January 1987: -9 °C (16 °F); January 2010: -15 °C (5 °F); December 2010: -14 °C (7 °F).

In spring, from March to May, the temperature slowly rises, and Atlantic fronts continue to affect this area more or less as in the rest of the year, although they are a bit less intense than in winter. Typically, the temperature begins to become quite mild by the second half of May.

Summer, from June to August, is mild, wet and cloudy, with quite frequent rains. Hot days are rare: generally, the temperature reaches 28/30 °C (82/86 °F) on the warmest days. However, it reached 34 °C (93 °F) in August 1990 and 33 °C (91 °F) in July 2019.

Autumn, from September to November, is dull, cloudy and rainy, and with each passing week, it gets progressively colder. In November, the wind is often moderate or strong.


On average, the amount of sunshine in Manchester is not good. However, the (relatively) sunniest period is from April to August. Entire days with totally clear skies are rare: it's more likely for the sky to be partly cloudy. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Manchester - Sunshine

Best Time

The best time to visit Manchester runs from mid-May to mid-September. July and August are the warmest months, however, it's better to bring a jacket and a sweatshirt also in midsummer.