May has been a washout this year, with colder than average temperatures and rain dampening the start to summer.
The good news is indoor drinking and dining can return from today, so you don’t have to wrap up warm to go out for cocktails anymore.
And the even better news is that as we approach summer the temperatures are going to look a lot better, so you best start dusting off your barbecues.
According to the weather experts at AccuWeather, the forecast is looking good for the UK with scorching temperatures for the majority of next month – including in Manchester.
Manchester and other parts of the North are forecast to have 16 consecutive days of sunshine with top temperatures of 21C, the Mirror reports.
This 16-day hot streak is set to begin on June 15th and end on July 1st, so will also coincide with the current date for all lockdown restrictions to end – June 21st.
Unfortunately the rest of May isn’t looking so good, with the Met Office forecasting the next couple of weeks to be as ‘cold’ in the north of the UK and the heavy showers aren’t going away.
According to their forecast: “Unsettled conditions continuing, with scattered showers again developing across most areas.
“To start the period, these may be heavy, and at times wintry in the far north, especially over hills.
“Further into this period, it is likely to remain changeable with a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers, though heavy in places with a risk of thunder.
“Brief spells of more organised cloud, bringing rain and strong winds, remain possible, particularly in the south. Generally staying breezy throughout.
“While temperatures by night are likely to below average, frost is expected to be restricted to prone locations, especially where winds fall light.
“By day, temperatures are likely to be around or slightly below average, notably cool in the South but cold in the North.”
June can’t come around soon enough…
Mum praises hero lorry driver who prevented her son jumping from M62 motorway bridge
The woman revealed how her son was ‘his normal self’ hours before the incident unfolded
The mother of the young man pictured sitting on the railings of a bridge over the M62 last week has praised the actions of the heroic lorry driver who parked his vehicle below in a bid to prevent him from jumping.
A distressing image of the young man went viral last week after being shared by Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds, a community that provides help and assistance to those struggling with mental health issues and homelessness.
The organisation wrote alongside the image: “This is a picture from the M62 Motorway Bridge – a passerby has posted it to raise awareness of the situation at hand.
“What people don’t understand is that to jump on the other side of any bridge indicates something drastically wrong with their mental health.
“What a trucker – stopping on the hard shoulder and leaving his truck there – to ensure when he did jump – it wasn’t a longer distance to the floor.”
And now, after the picture went viral, the man’s mum, who wants to remain anonymous but is said to be from Manchester, has spoken out and has praised the quick thinking of the unidentified lorry driver on that fateful day.
She explained that she didn’t realise it was even her son until she saw the image circulating on social media, telling Yorkshire Live: “I kept looking at it and I thought, ‘I’m sure that is my son.’
“The picture got sent to me and it was circulated around and I could tell it was him by the way he was sat and the clothes he had on.”
She went on to explain that she had seen him earlier that day and that ‘he was his normal self.’
She added: “Looking back, all I can think to myself is, ‘oh my God, that could’ve been the last I saw him. Before he left, he turned round to me and said, ‘see you mum, I love you’ and I said it back but that could’ve been the last time.”
Speaking of the lorry driver who parked under the bride, the woman said: “He saved his life.
“At the moment, my son has a lot of problems. He has a lot of worries and I’m just grateful that the driver’s stopped him from doing that and I can’t express how grateful that he did stop.”
She concluded by revealing that her son visited a doctor shortly after the incident and is now receiving help.
If you or anyone you know has been suffering with mental health issues, you can call the Samaritans at 116 123, or CALM at 0800 58 58 58. Alternatively, you can find local mental health services and more info here.
Manchester Cathedral launches a new ‘listening post’ to tackle stigma around mental health and loneliness
What an amazing idea
Manchester Cathedral has launched a new initiative that aims to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and loneliness.
‘The Listening Post’ has been erected in its gardens, with members of the cathedral waiting to listen to those wanting to either talk, vent, offload their problems, or all three.
The cathedral announced the new initiative on Facebook this morning, writing: “Today we’ve launched #TheListeningPost. Throughout the summer, depending on the weather and availability, there’ll be someone to have a chat with outside Manchester Cathedral.
“Hours will vary but the warm welcome and compassionate listening won’t.”
The post was quick to garner a reaction online, with many social media users applauding the cathedral for the touching idea.
One Facebook user wrote: “Fabulous idea – get all churches to do it.”
Another noted: “What a fantastic idea, I may be popping along.”
Though this isn’t the first time Manchester Cathedral has made an effort to raise awareness for mental health amongst the community – once a year, they host the Manchester Sleepout, a giant sleepover to share the reality of homelessness in the city and to offer a glimpse into rough sleeping.
They also hosted an interfaith service to mark World Mental Health Day in October last year.
Describing the event, they wrote on their website: “The World Mental Health Day Interfaith Service was born out a simple vision – for faith communities to collaborate with health and social agencies, to address the mental health inequalities that we increasingly recognise in our midst and in doing so to build a stronger society.”
Manchester Cathedral can be found on Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX.
There’s a new Looney Tunes street art trail with 11 characters hidden across Manchester
There are eleven fun new instalments hidden across the city
Have you noticed an abundance of nostalgic Looney Tunes characters popping up around Manchester these last few weeks?
Well, it turns out that Warner Bros is behind the mayhem with their brand new cartoon trail.
Eleven beloved characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tasmanian Devil have been installed by renowned street artist Captain Kris, and will be on display until the end of July.
Both Mancs and visitors to the city have been loving the colourful new instalments, with social media simply teeming with photos from people who have stumbled across their favourite characters under the hashtag #looneytunesxmanchester.
The trail covers eleven different locations from the Northern Quarter to Spinningfields, Market Street to the Gay Village, Deansgate to Oxford Road, and the Printworks to Primark.
The perfect day out for families and keen street art photographers alike!
On the fun new instalments around the city, Warner Bros said: “Appealing to both families and nostalgic hunting adults alike, the mischievous artwork will see Daffy Duck waiting for a tram at Exchange Square and Speedy Gonzalez sprinting through Spinningfields.
“Bugs Bunny is bursting out of Primark, Porky Pig is popping a pipe at Pen and Pencil, Wile E. Coyote chasing Road Runner around Circle Square, and the Looney Tunes gang is skateboarding through Deansgate Square.”
The artwork has come just before the release of Warner Bros’ second Space Jam film, Space Jam: A New Legacy, which will be released in cinemas across the UK on July 16th.
To stay up to date with the latest adventures of the Looney Tunes gang and for more fun animations and instalments, you can follow their Instagram account here.