Cardiff is the capital and largest city of Wales. It is situated on the northern side of the Bristol Channel.
The area has an abundance of archaeological history and is known to have been subject to human settlement for at least 6,000 years.
Before the Roman conquest of the British mainland, the area was under the control of the Celtic tribe of the Silures. The Romans established a Fort near the mouth of the River Taff in about AD 75 and the name Caerdyf probably had its origins from the name of that settlement, which was built on top of a pre existing Silures town.
The centre of Cardiff is relatively flat and is, to a large extent, built on reclaimed marshland. The city is bounded by hills to the east and west with the land to the north rising to the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The Rivers Taff and Ely, flow through the city to Cardiff Bay, while the River Rhymney flows to the east of the city, directly into the Severn Estuary, which has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world at about 15m (49 ft).
For boats and ships under sail this was a dangerous stretch of coast with reefs, sandbanks and serrated cliffs claiming many wrecks from the traffic using the port of Cardiff which was at one time the world's largest coal port and for a time a main connection for the South Wales steel industry.
The climate in Cardiff is heavily influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Stream and the rising landscape of the Welsh mountains lying to the north of the city, which usually generates mild, often cloudy, wet and windy local environment.
Historically there was a major flood in January 1607 that affected both sides of the Bristol Channel and killed thousands of people. There are commemorative plaques on churches to show just how high the waters rose. The cause is uncertain but it could have been a combination of tidal peaks and meteorological extremes, such as those experienced on the east coast of England and Scotland in 1953 and December 2013.
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Five day table
The five day forecast table provides a detailed view of the weather for the days ahead at Cardiff.
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