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Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for Wales

Cloudier today with a few showers, these wintry on hills.

Today:

After a chilly dawn, today will be a cloudier day than yesterday with some showers. Where the showers do occur they will be wintry over the hills. However, there will be some breaks in the cloud allowing some sunny spells. Maximum Temperature 7°C.

Tonight:

There will be a good deal of cloud around tonight with some showery outbreaks. Where cloud breaks, a patchy frost will form and perhaps the odd fog patch. Minimum Temperature 0°C.

Saturday:

Saturday may well be a largely dry day for most with variable cloud and bright spells. However, patchy rain, sleet and hill snow may affect southern parts for a time. Maximum Temperature 6°C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Becoming colder through the period, but staying largely dry, bar the odd isolated wintry shower, with some sunshine by day and widespread frosts by night. Brisk northeasterly winds on Monday.

Updated at: 0120 on Fri 12 Feb 2016

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Snow across northern Scotland. Elsewhere, variable cloud and some showers.

Today:

An area of rain, sleet and snow will drift south across northern and eastern parts of Scotland. Elsewhere, there will be variable amounts of cloud, some sunny spells and a few showery outbreaks of rain, these wintry over the hills.

Tonight:

Wintry showers across eastern Scotland will spread into northeastern England, whilst rain spreads into southwest England and Northern Ireland. Elsewhere, clear spells allowing a patchy frost and isolated fog patches.

Saturday:

Wintry showers will continue to affect eastern Scotland and northeast England. Cloudy across southern parts with occasional rain, sleet and perhaps hill snow. Elsewhere, dry with sunny spells, but cold.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Turning colder with overnight frosts, but also plenty of dry, bright weather by day. However, strong northeasterly winds will drive snow showers into northern and eastern parts Sunday and Monday.

Updated at: 0043 on Fri 12 Feb 2016

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 16 Feb 2016 to Thursday 25 Feb 2016:

Cold and predominantly fine on Tuesday, with a hard frost and potentially some freezing fog patches morning and night. On Tuesday night, it is expected to turn milder and breezy with rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The rain perhaps preceded by some snow for a time. During Wednesday and Thursday, the rain and hill snow is expected to spread across Wales and England, but is likely to stall across central parts whilst dying out. Brighter weather with scattered wintry showers follows into northern and western areas. Thereafter, the weather looks set to be rather cold and changeable, with some wet and windy weather, but also some frosty conditions around too during quieter interludes. Probably cold enough for snow at times, though mainly on higher ground and towards the north.

UK Outlook for Friday 26 Feb 2016 to Friday 11 Mar 2016:

A continuation of rather cold and changeable weather conditions looks the most likely trend at this stage, with winds predominantly blowing from the west or northwest. Probably wettest and windiest towards the north, with a greater likelihood of longer settled periods of weather in the south. By mid March, there are signs of more settled weather across other parts of the country too. Temperatures probably averaging out at near or just below the seasonal norm.

Updated at: 0043 on Fri 12 Feb 2016

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Cardiff

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

Location Details

Cardiff

Location: 51.4812, -3.1778

Altitude: 11.0m 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