Rain, rain, go away: Greater Manchester set for sunshine as weather returns to normal, claim Met Office

By Dean Wilkins

The rain is set to disappear this weekend after a month of continuous downpour across Greater Manchester, according to the Met Office.

Heavy showers will batter the North West region on Friday, but by the weekend the sun will be out and temperatures will creep into the lows 20s.

There will be mostly dry weather and bright or sunny spells expected but rain could still pose a problem until Monday – with strong winds expected towards the coast.

Martin Young, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “As we move towards the weekend we will see a return to a more normal summer weather pattern for the UK.

“This will bring dry and bright conditions to southern parts over the weekend, and some much needed rainfall to the far north west of Scotland – where it has been exceptionally dry.”

The wet weather has been blamed on an upset on the position of the jet stream, with a narrow band of fast flowing winds lying further south than is expected for July.

The stream is anticipated to move to its more usual position to the north, guiding rain-bearing low pressure systems from the Atlantic away from the country.

Sandie Dawe, Chief Executive at VisitBritain said: “The weather is a peculiarly British obsession, our international visitors come all year round for our temperate climate and enjoy a dash of unpredictability.

“Sunshine will help to get us all in the party mood, as we show the warmth of our welcome and the British know how to host not just a great Games but a great party too. Come rain or shine – Britain is the place to be in 2012.”

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