Manchester is fabled to be a rainy location, but this should not deter visitors from heading to the area. Manchester receives only 806mm of precipitation annually, compared with the UK average of 1125mm. On average it has 140 rainy days a year, compared with the UK average of 154.

Any rain is usually only a light drizzle and, once travellers have got used to it, is rarely considered uncomfortable.

Despite the lesser amount of rainfall, Manchester is one of the UK's most humid locations, owing to the natural windbreak of the Pennines on three sides of the city and the prevailing Atlantic flow of weather. Temperatures tend to be exacerbated in summer (25C feels like 29C and so on) and thunderstorms can build in the space of thirty minutes or less.

Winter temperatures in Manchester are rarely intolerably cold, but warm and waterproof clothes are a must for most outdoor activities during the winter months. Average daytime temperature between November and February is around 5C (41F), with night-time lows of -1C (30F). Snow may occasionally be experienced, but accumulations rarely mount to more than 5cm (2in).

Spring is the time for sunshine and showers, with the westerly winds rattling squalls and cloudbursts in, amidst very pleasant interludes of sunshine. The weather is not wholly reliable at this time of year, but it's good fun to be slapping on the sun cream one minute and getting pelted with hail the next! Things tend to settle down towards the end of April and the summer warm-up begins in earnest during May.

Summer and Autumn/Fall are the best seasons for a holiday or visit to the Manchester area. Temperatures stay warm, even during the intermittent storms, average daytime high is 20C (68F), however, temperatures of 30C (86F) and above are not unheard of in this area. Autumn sees a cool-off but the norm is for decent weather to last from mid-May to mid-October.

 A tip to feel like a local: if you're warm enough (and the locals are in light clothing) but your companion is feeling cold, tell them they're "nesh".