Sunny spells. Showers later in the day.
There will be some sunshine across the region this morning. In the afternoon, it will become increasingly cloudy and breezy and showers will become more widespread. Maximum Temperature 8C.
Blustery and sometimes heavy showers will continue during the first part of the night but start to ease by morning. Any fog will be confined to the mountain tops. Minimum Temperature 5C.
Sunshine will be interrupted by frequent, heavy and perhaps thundery showers in Cumbria, Lancashire and Merseyside. The showers will be fewer and less heavy in Cheshire and Manchester. Maximum Temperature 9C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Heavy rain and strong winds early on Friday will clear to leave brighter mainly dry weather for the rest of Friday and Saturday. However, more rain is likely on Sunday.
Day 6 to 15
Sunday will see a band of cloud and rain move northeastwards, followed by a mixture of sunny spells and further organised bands of rain or heavy showers. It'll be windy too, especially towards the coasts in the south and west. Temperatures will tend to stay mild for the time of year. The north and west is likely to stay rather wet and windy on Christmas Eve, with the rest of the UK looking drier. For Christmas Day itself, it may be drier, brighter and colder for most, followed by some rain later. As we head towards the New Year, dry cold and bright weather becomes more likely, with any weather systems becoming increasingly confined to the north or northeast.
Day 16 to 30
Through the first half of January, there is an increasing likelihood that colder weather may begin to dominate with a greater chance of seeing east or northeasterly winds. Should this occur, then wintry conditions are possible in eastern, southern and central areas with western parts of the UK staying relatively drier. Though should any Atlantic frontal systems try to make inroads western areas could also see some snow. Although signals suggest that a cold spell is the most likely scenario in early January, the extent and longevity of the cold weather is uncertain. Wet, windy and mild weather may still be possible at times.
Met Office : NW : 2018-12-19T00:44:50