Manchester heatwave August 2022: what temperatures does Met Office say to expect, will there be a hosepipe ban?

An amber weather warning for extreme heat has been issued by the Met Office - and it covers Manchester

The hot summer weather has been kind to Manchester this year, with parts of the region enjoying temperatures of well above 30C last month.

This doesn’t look to be the last of the scorching weather, with parts of the UK set for a further possible heatwave

The UK  threshold is described on the Met Office website as: “when a location records a period of at least three consecutive days with daily maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding the heatwave temperature threshold.”

The threshold for a heatwave temperature differs by county, with some areas in the southeast having a threshold of 28°C, while areas to the north and west have a threshold of 25°C.

With this in mind, it can be said that Manchester may reach the criteria for a heatwave towards the middle of August when we could see temperatures around the 31C mark.

For the week ahead, the temperature is due to get up to a sweltering 31C on Friday and Saturday.

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What is the Met Office warning for and when is it in place?

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for extreme heat for large areas of England, including Manchester.

The warning is in place from 12am on Thursday, 11 August to 11.59pm on Sunday, 14 August.

What is the Met Office forecast for the week ahead?

A hosepipe ban has been introduced in parts of Southern England

The Met Office summary for the week ahead shows the expected increase in temperature, and it is set to gradually increase through to Tuesday, 9 August.

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Today (Wednesday):

A bright and sunny day is expected with clear skies all day. Maximum temperature 28 °C.

Thursday:

Another bright and sunny day ahead, with baking temperatures of up to 3C, dropping to around 14C overnight and light winds.

Friday:

The hottest day of the week yet, with the mercury set to shoot up to 31C in the afternoon and bright, sunny skies all day. It’s still expected to be a stuffy 24C as we head into night-time, making sleeping conditions uncomfortable.

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Saturday:

A similar outlook to Friday with temperatures again set to get upto 31C in the afternoon - there will be a gentle breeze but you may need to find some shade.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Another fine day is expected on Sunday but high pressure will build bringing dry and settled conditions next week with showers expected from Monday.

What is a hosepipe ban?

A hosepipe ban limits the amount of outdoor usage households in activities such as watering plants and washing cars.

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Below are some of the rules that are in place during a hosepipe ban.

  • Watering a garden using a hosepipe  
  • Cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe 
  • Watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe 
  • Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe  
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool 
  • Drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use 
  • Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe 
  • Filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain 

Is there a hosepipe ban in place for Manchester?

Despite the rising temperatures, the chances of a hosepipe ban being introduced in Manchester look to be slim.

At present, the ban will be put in place in locations in the South of England, including the Isle of Wight, Kent, and Sussex.

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United Utilities, the company which supplies water to the North West, issued a statement last month ahead of the heatwave which hit Manchester.

A spokesperson said that the company would not bring in any restrictions to water use.

The spokesperson said: "We have an integrated network of water resources and water pipes across the region so we can move supplies to where they are needed.

“Whatever the weather, we always encourage people to use water wisely, which saves energy and money and is good for the environment.”