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Issued at: 1200 on Wed 22 Oct 2014

* Daily index representing the background and regional air quality for a chosen location. Air pollution levels close to roads in urban areas may be higher. For more information please visit our Daily Air Quality Index page.

Forecast Summary

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

Regional forecast for Wales

A bright and chilly start, turning cloudier later.

Today:

After a mainly dry, bright and locally chilly start cloud will thicken with some patchy rain possible across north Wales through the afternoon. Winds will be much lighter than on Tuesday and it will feel less cold. Maximum Temperature 15C.

Tonight:

Generally cloudy, although some clear spells likely for eastern areas. The cloud will be thick enough at times to produce the odd light spot of rain, mainly across western areas. Minimum Temperature 9C.

Thursday:

A breezy and generally cloudy day, but some brighter spells are possible at times. Occasional outbreaks of rain are likely for most, particularly across western coasts and hills. Maximum Temperature 17C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

More persistent rain on Friday, clearing southeastwards with drier, brighter conditions and some sunny spells on Saturday following a chilly start. Cloudier and breezier Sunday with a little rain possible.

Issued at: 0500 on Wed 22 Oct 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Wet and windy in north. Drier, but increasingly cloudy elsewhere.

Today:

A dry, bright and chilly start for many southern and eastern areas, though it will turn cloudier through the day. Rain and strengthening winds will return to Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England, turning heavy at times over western hills.

Tonight:

Generally cloudy with a few clear spells in the southeast and occasional rain in the west, persistent in some northwestern areas. A milder night, but remaining windy in the north.

Thursday:

A generally breezy and cloudy day with some brighter spells in the south and east. Sporadic outbreaks of rain, mainly in the west, persistent in the northwest. Temperatures above normal.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

A band of rain will push southeast through Friday, clearing southeast England early Saturday. Then all parts brighter with occasional showers, more rain in the northwest later. Becoming very windy.

Issued at: 0500 on Wed 22 Oct 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 27 Oct 2014 to Wednesday 5 Nov 2014:

The south is likely to see settled conditions on Monday and Tuesday, with rain and strong winds continuing further north. A north-south split looks most likely to develop by the middle of next week. Windy and unsettled conditions are likely in the north and somewhat quieter, drier weather in the south, although there may be some rain here at times. Temperatures will generally be near normal, although feeling cold in the rain. By the end of October and into early November, the broad north-south split looks set to continue, with northern areas remaining changeable and at times unsettled. Further south, there are hints that pressure may rise further, increasing the potential for more prolonged drier periods with some sunshine, but with a greater risk of overnight and morning fog.

UK Outlook for Thursday 6 Nov 2014 to Thursday 20 Nov 2014:

The main signal is for a continuation of a north-south split during the second week of November. During this period, the generally westerly flow is likely to bring spells of wet and windy weather, mostly affecting northern and some western areas, but perhaps reaching other areas as well interspersed with drier intervals. However southern and some eastern areas will probably see more in the way of drier and settled conditions increasing the likelihood of seeing some sunshine, but also the risk of frost, mist and fog overnight, the latter of which could be slow to clear. After this it looks like unsettled weather will spread to much of the UK. Daytime temperatures will probably be near or a little above normal, although feeling cooler during any wet and windy spells.

Issued at: 0500 on Wed 22 Oct 2014

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Cardiff Cloudy 51.4812 -3.1778
Swansea Cloudy 51.621 -3.9424
Yeovil Sunny intervals 50.9416 -2.632
Hereford Cloudy 52.056 -2.7146
Barnstaple Cloudy 51.0777 -4.0571
Exeter Cloudy 50.7179 -3.5327
Swindon Sunny intervals 51.5556 -1.7784
Newtown (Powys) Cloudy 52.5118 -3.3118
Aberystwyth Cloudy 52.415 -4.0817
Pembroke Cloudy 51.6731 -4.9084
Southampton Sunny intervals 50.9093 -1.403
Plymouth Sunny intervals 50.3713 -4.1348
Banbury Sunny intervals 52.0625 -1.3383
Birmingham Sunny day 52.4859 -1.889
Reading Sunny intervals 51.4523 -0.9724
Wrexham Cloudy 53.0428 -2.9911
Milton Keynes Sunny intervals 52.0382 -0.7555
Stoke-on-Trent Cloudy 53.0024 -2.178
Caernarfon Light rain 53.1393 -4.2727
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 is the most important city in principality. Boasting a 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. A Roman fort was created in the north-west of the city, and during the Middle Ages the area became of crucial strategic importance during the war between the Normans and Welsh. As a result, Cardiff lays claim to the largest concentration of castles of any city in the world, the most prominent of which is Cardiff Castle.

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. At its peak, Tiger Bay was the busiest port in the world and the wealth and migrant workers which were brought into the city created rapid growth during the 1800s.

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. The filming and production of the new series of Doctor Who also takes place in the city.

Cardiff is built on reclaimed marshland, making the landscape of the city very flat and it is often claimed that Cardiff enjoys more hours of sunshine than Milan. The city also boasts more green space per person than the other major UK cities.

Names as European City of Sport in 2009, Cardiff hosts a variety of sporting venues, including the Millennium Stadium which is home to both the Wales national Rugby Union team and national football team. The venue, which also served as the FA Cup’s temporary home during the reconstruction of Wembley, manages to protect events from inclement weather thanks to its retractable roof — the only one in the UK. The SWALEC Stadium in Sophia Gardens is the home of Glamorgan and, following an extensive redevelopment, now hosts regular Test cricket.

Beloved children’s author Roald Dahl was born in the city, as was famous composer and musician Ivor Novello. Other famous faces that come from Cardiff include football Ryan Giggs, and singers Shirley Bassey and Charlotte Church.