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Average Weather in Ashton in Makerfield United Kingdom

In Ashton in Makerfield, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are long, very cold, wet, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 68°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 77°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Ashton in Makerfield for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 10 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 63°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 68°F and low of 56°F.

The cool season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 19 to March 17, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is February 6, with an average low of 37°F and high of 45°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in Ashton in MakerfieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Tofino, Canada (4,618 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Ashton in Makerfield (view comparison).

Clouds

In Ashton in Makerfield, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Ashton in Makerfield begins around April 22 and lasts for 5.4 months, ending around October 3. On July 19, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 54% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 46% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 3 and lasts for 6.6 months, ending around April 22. On December 25, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 70% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 30% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in Ashton in MakerfieldclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 1954%Jul 1954%Dec 2530%Dec 2530%Apr 2242%Apr 2242%Oct 342%Oct 342%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Ashton in Makerfield varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from September 21 to February 7, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 43% on November 3.

The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from February 7 to September 21. The smallest chance of a wet day is 25% on April 24.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 43% on November 3.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Ashton in MakerfieldwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 343%Nov 343%Apr 2425%Apr 2425%Jan 143%Jan 143%Sep 2134%Sep 2134%Feb 734%Feb 734%rain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Ashton in Makerfield experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Ashton in Makerfield. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 29, with an average total accumulation of 3.0 inches.

The least rain falls around April 21, with an average total accumulation of 1.6 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Ashton in Makerfield varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 28 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 17 hours, 2 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Ashton in MakerfieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 10 minMar 2012 hr, 10 minMar 2017 hr, 2 minJun 2117 hr, 2 minJun 2112 hr, 13 minSep 2312 hr, 13 minSep 237 hr, 28 minDec 217 hr, 28 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 4:40 AM on June 18, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 46 minutes later at 8:26 AM on December 30. The earliest sunset is at 3:50 PM on December 13, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 53 minutes later at 9:43 PM on June 24.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Ashton in Makerfield during 2018, starting in the spring on March 25, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 28.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Ashton in MakerfieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 184:40 AMJun 184:40 AM9:43 PMJun 249:43 PMJun 24Dec 133:50 PMDec 133:50 PM8:26 AMDec 308:26 AMDec 30Mar 25DSTMar 25DSTDSTOct 28DSTOct 28daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in Ashton in Makerfield, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in Ashton in MakerfieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 80%Jan 80%Jul 150%Jul 150%drydrycomfortablecomfortablehumidhumid
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Ashton in Makerfield experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from October 12 to March 30, with average wind speeds of more than 12.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 14.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.4 months, from March 30 to October 12. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Ashton in MakerfieldwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mph18 mph20 mph22 mph24 mphJan 614.1 mphJan 614.1 mphAug 39.8 mphAug 39.8 mphOct 1212.0 mphOct 1212.0 mphMar 3012.0 mphMar 3012.0 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Ashton in Makerfield is from the west throughout the year.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Ashton in MakerfieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Ashton in Makerfield is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.1 months, from June 26 to September 30, with an average temperature above 58°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 11, with an average temperature of 62°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.5 months, from December 28 to April 12, with an average temperature below 46°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 28, with an average temperature of 42°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Ashton in Makerfield throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Ashton in Makerfield for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Ashton in Makerfieldbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.46.40.10.1 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Ashton in Makerfield for hot-weather activities is from early July to early August, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Ashton in MakerfieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468101.71.70.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Ashton in Makerfield typically lasts for 8.0 months (244 days), from around March 19 to around November 17, rarely starting before February 16 or after April 14, and rarely ending before October 23 or after December 15.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Ashton in Makerfieldgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 1950%Mar 1950%Nov 1750%Nov 1790%Apr 1490%Apr 1490%Oct 2390%Oct 2310%Feb 1610%Feb 1610%Dec 1510%Dec 152%Jan 102%Jan 10Jul 19100%Jul 19100%very coldcoldcool
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Ashton in Makerfield should appear around May 8, only rarely appearing before April 25 or after May 24.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in Ashton in MakerfieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F200°F400°F600°F800°F1,000°F1,200°F1,400°F1,600°FMay 890°FMay 890°FAug 9900°FAug 9900°FDec 311,506°FDec 311,506°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 2 to August 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 6.1 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from October 23 to February 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 26, with an average of 0.5 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Ashton in MakerfieldbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJul 16.1 kWhJul 16.1 kWhDec 260.5 kWhDec 260.5 kWhMay 25.0 kWhMay 25.0 kWhAug 145.0 kWhAug 145.0 kWhOct 231.6 kWhOct 231.6 kWhFeb 211.6 kWhFeb 211.6 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ashton in Makerfield are 53.483 deg latitude, -2.650 deg longitude, and 144 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Ashton in Makerfield contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 269 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 191 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (965 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,392 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Ashton in Makerfield is covered by artificial surfaces (49%) and cropland (48%), within 10 miles by cropland (47%) and artificial surfaces (39%), and within 50 miles by grassland (39%) and water (21%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Ashton in Makerfield, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Ashton in Makerfield.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ashton in Makerfield according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Ashton in Makerfield is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ashton in Makerfield and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Liverpool Airport (37%, 21 kilometers, southwest); City Airport Manchester (26%, 26 kilometers, east); Manchester Airport (23%, 29 kilometers, southeast); and Blackpool Airport (14%, 41 kilometers, northwest).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.