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Issued at: 1300 on Fri 31 Oct 2014

Forecast summary

  • Regional
  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for Wales

Dry, bright and very mild today, further rain overnight.

Today:

A very mild day, with early cloud lifting and breaking to allow some warm sunny spells to develop through the morning. Becoming breezy though, with cloud thickening through the afternoon and perhaps some rain arriving into western areas by evening. Maximum Temperature 21C.

Tonight:

Rain in the west will spread eastwards overnight, clearing all but the far east of Wales by dawn, with cooler, clearer conditions following. Minimum Temperature 9C.

Saturday:

Early rain will clear to leave a dry day with some sunshine. However, further occasionally heavy rain and strong winds will return to western parts late in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 14C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Rain gradually clearing to the southeast during Sunday with cooler, more showery weather following, which will last through Monday. Showers tending to ease through Tuesday. Windy until Monday.

Issued at: 0400 on Fri 31 Oct 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Dry and warm for many, but rain in the northwest.

Today:

A dry day across much of the country with warm sunny spells, especially in the south and east, although outbreaks of rain will continue in the far northwest. Winds will strengthen in the west, with rain edging slowly southeastwards later.

Tonight:

A dry end to the day for many, but cloud, rain and strong winds will continue to move southeastwards overnight, with clearer, showery conditions following into the northwest by dawn.

Saturday:

Rain in the southeast will be slow to clear. Elsewhere, plenty of dry, bright weather, but further rain and strong winds arriving into western areas later in the afternoon.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Rain over central areas gradually clearing to the southeast on Sunday, with cooler, showery weather following and continuing through Monday.Colder still, but showers easing a little on Tuesday. Windy.

Issued at: 0400 on Fri 31 Oct 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 5 Nov 2014 to Friday 14 Nov 2014:

Mainly dry on Wednesday and Thursday with just a few showers in the northeast at first. There will be a marked fall in temperature during the Wednesday evening with a sharp frost likely overnight, especially in the north. Later on Thursday, it will turn wet and windy in the west with some heavy rain possible for a time, and strong to gale force winds, and perhaps reaching severe gale force locally in the far northwest. Thereafter, a return to more unsettled and windy weather from the west looks the most likely scenario, with spells of rain pushing northeastwards across the country interspersed by brighter, showery and colder days. Some particularly wet and windy weather is a possibility at times. Temperatures are likely to return to nearer normal for November.

UK Outlook for Saturday 15 Nov 2014 to Saturday 29 Nov 2014:

During this period, the generally west or southwesterly flow is likely to bring spells of wet and windy weather, especially to northern and western parts of the UK. However, southern and eastern areas may see some drier and settled conditions increasing the likelihood of some sunshine, but also the risk of frost, mist and fog overnight, the latter of which could be slow to clear. Spells of unsettled weather are still likely across the south and east though. Daytime temperatures may well be near normal, although it will feel colder during any wet and windy spells.

Issued at: 0400 on Fri 31 Oct 2014

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Weather forecast map for Cardiff

Cardiff Cardiff – Sunny intervals 51.4812 -3.1778
Swansea Swansea – Sunny intervals 51.621 -3.9424
Yeovil Yeovil – Sunny intervals 50.9416 -2.632
Hereford Hereford – Sunny day 52.056 -2.7146
Barnstaple Barnstaple – Sunny day 51.0777 -4.0571
Exeter Exeter – Sunny intervals 50.7179 -3.5327
Swindon Swindon – Sunny day 51.5556 -1.7784
Newtown (Powys) Newtown (Powys) – Sunny intervals 52.5118 -3.3118
Aberystwyth Aberystwyth – Sunny day 52.415 -4.0817
Pembroke Pembroke – Cloudy 51.6731 -4.9084
Southampton Southampton – Sunny intervals 50.9093 -1.403
Plymouth Plymouth – Sunny day 50.3713 -4.1348
Banbury Banbury – Sunny intervals 52.0625 -1.3383
Birmingham Birmingham – Sunny intervals 52.4859 -1.889
Reading Reading – Sunny intervals 51.4523 -0.9724
Wrexham Wrexham – Sunny intervals 53.0428 -2.9911
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Sunny intervals 52.0382 -0.7555
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Sunny intervals 53.0024 -2.178
Caernarfon Caernarfon – Cloudy 53.1393 -4.2727
Camborne Camborne – Sunny intervals 50.2122 -5.2937

Location Details

Cardiff

Location: 51.4812, -3.1778

Altitude: 11m above mean sea level

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Cardiff information

Cardiff was named capital city of Wales in 1955 and with population of around 350,000, Cardiff is the 10th largest UK city.

The city has a long and varied history, with evidence suggesting the existence of settlers in the area around 1,500 years before the building of Stonehenge. Cardiff's easy access to the coal fields of South Wales has played a large part in its history and demand for coal, used for manufacturing iron and steel, led to Cardiff becoming the world's largest coal port. Since then, the economy of Cardiff has diversified into a range of industries. Cardiff is now the largest media centre outside of London and is the home of BBC Wales, ITV Wales and S4C.

A close proximity to the sea has a moderating influence on temperatures in Cardiff and during winter they can be among the highest in the UK. The minimum average daytime temperature is 2.1 °C. This is for the month of February, when UK minimums are around 0.7 °C. Rainfall is much higher in December and January than February.

Temperatures start to become fairly pleasant from April and in spring the chance of an air frost is much less in Cardiff than other locations in the UK. March sees a few more days of rainfall greater than 1 mm than February but this number falls as we head into April. Spring is the driest season in Cardiff, with rainfall accumulation around 230 mm. There is a notable jump in sunshine hours from March to April; both more than the UK average.

Cardiff's hottest temperatures are usually seen in July, with daytime maxima for this month at 21.7 °C - although August is very close at 21.5 °C. July also has the highest average sunshine hours of any month. Rainfall is around the same as the UK average during summer in Cardiff and august often receives the most. In Cardiff thunder occurs on an average of 11 days a year, compared with 15 to 20 days at many places in England.

September and even October cling on to mild temperatures in Cardiff with the average high in the former approaching 19 °C. Sunshine hours are still quite high in early autumn but in October rainfall does start to significantly increase. Overall autumn is the wettest time in Cardiff, with more 'rain days' than any other season and a higher rainfall accumulation.

All climate data based on Bute Park, 1981 - 2010.

Last updated: 30 October 2014