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Saturday (22 November 2014)
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Issued at: 0800 on Sat 22 Nov 2014

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for Wales

Cloudy and misty with patchy rain, but turning brighter later.

Today:

Rather cloudy at first with some rain, morning mist and hill fog. It will brighten up this afternoon with some sunny spells developing although there will still be some showers at times, particularly in the west. Maximum Temperature 14C.

Tonight:

Rain, low cloud and hill fog pushes northwestwards overnight, reaching all but the far northwest. There is a risk of the odd heavy burst of rain, particularly across the southeast. Minimum Temperature 2C.

Sunday:

Cloud, rain and hill fog will clear away to the southeast, with brighter and colder conditions spreading in from the west, reaching the whole region by late afternoon. Maximum Temperature 11C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Many places dry with sunny spells. Fog and frost patches develop overnight, these perhaps widespread Monday morning. Probably turning cloudier with rain arriving from the south late Tuesday into Wednesday.

Issued at: 0400 on Sat 22 Nov 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Mostly cloudy with rain but turning brighter north and west.

Today:

A mostly cloudy start with hill fog and occasional rain, this particularly heavy across Scotland. The rain gradually eases, becoming confined to the southeast where it stays mild and murky. Drier, brighter, colder conditions push into the north and west.

Tonight:

Rain, low cloud and hill fog pushes northwestwards across much of England and Wales. Mostly dry and clear elsewhere with patchy frost and fog. Showers feed into the far northwest.

Sunday:

Cloud, rain and hill fog will become slow moving over southeast England, whilst brighter and colder conditions over the northwest sink south possibly reaching central parts. Showers continue far northwest.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Many places generally staying dry with sunny spells by day and frost and fog patches developing overnight. Cloudier across the south with patchy rain, this possibly spreading further north Wednesday.

Issued at: 0400 on Sat 22 Nov 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 26 Nov 2014 to Friday 5 Dec 2014:

High pressure and settled conditions over the northeast will decline through Wednesday as unsettled weather across the south and southwest extends northwards. There will be spells of rain in the south and associated strengthening winds. Northeastern areas are most likely to see the best of any drier and brighter weather, with the risk of overnight frost and fog under clear spells. The unsettled conditions are likely to spread to all parts from Thursday onwards, with the heaviest rain and strongest winds most likely to affect western areas. Eastern areas are likely to see the best of any drier interludes. Temperatures will mostly be around normal for the time of year, with some chilly starts and occasional overnight frost.

UK Outlook for Saturday 6 Dec 2014 to Saturday 20 Dec 2014:

The most probable scenario is for a continuation of unsettled and, at times, windy weather, especially in western parts of the UK, with eastern parts seeing the best of any dry weather. Temperatures are generally expected to be around or a little above average for the time of year. There is a chance of some overnight and morning frost and fog in places - this will be more likely across northern areas where there is also a chance of some snow on higher ground.

Issued at: 0400 on Sat 22 Nov 2014

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Cardiff

Cardiff Cardiff – Light shower day 51.4812 -3.1778
Swansea Swansea – Cloudy 51.621 -3.9424
Yeovil Yeovil – Cloudy 50.9416 -2.632
Hereford Hereford – Light shower day 52.056 -2.7146
Barnstaple Barnstaple – Sunny intervals 51.0777 -4.0571
Exeter Exeter – Light shower day 50.7179 -3.5327
Swindon Swindon – Heavy shower day 51.5556 -1.7784
Newtown (Powys) Newtown (Powys) – Cloudy 52.5118 -3.3118
Aberystwyth Aberystwyth – Sunny intervals 52.415 -4.0817
Pembroke Pembroke – Sunny day 51.6731 -4.9084
Southampton Southampton – Light shower day 50.9093 -1.403
Plymouth Plymouth – Sunny intervals 50.3713 -4.1348
Banbury Banbury – Cloudy 52.0625 -1.3383
Birmingham Birmingham – Cloudy 52.4859 -1.889
Reading Reading – Cloudy 51.4523 -0.9724
Wrexham Wrexham – Cloudy 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 – Light shower day 53.1393 -4.2727
Camborne Camborne – Sunny day 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