Today is the first day of the Manchester International Festival, which celebrates performing and visual arts across the city centre.
It will see events taking place across the city for 18 days. The festival has been held in Manchester every two years since 2007.
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Although high to very high counts are expected in the driest, warmest weather, counts will generally be tailing off this coming week
A collection of dramatic pictures sent in by our viewers of the storms that crossed our region last night.
Fine evening on Saturday. Wet again for all parts at some point on Sunday. Cooler and more changeable for the new week