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    5°C 1°C
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  • Fri Friday
    7°C 2°C
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  • Sat Saturday
    6°C 2°C
    Cloudy
  • Sun Sunday
    5°C 0°C
    Sunny day
  • Mon Monday
    5°C 1°C
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Thursday (29 January 2015)
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Sunrise: 07:55 Sunset: 16:55 Moon phase: First quarter 3 Daily air quality index:3
Friday (30 January 2015)
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Sunrise: 07:54 Sunset: 16:57 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 3 Daily air quality index:3
Saturday (31 January 2015)
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Sunrise: 07:52 Sunset: 16:59 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 2 Daily air quality index:2
Sunday (01 February 2015)
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Sunrise: 07:51 Sunset: 17:01 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 3 Daily air quality index:3
Monday (02 February 2015)
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Sunrise: 07:49 Sunset: 17:03 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 3 Daily air quality index:3
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Issued at: 1700 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for Wales

Snow showers at times. Cold in strong northwesterly winds.

This Evening and Tonight:

Some wintry showers at first, but then further outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow moving southwards through the early hours, easing later. Remaining windy with a significant wind chill and widespread frost developing. Icy stretches developing on untreated surfaces. Minimum Temperature -3C.

Friday:

Cold, breezy and generally cloudy at first. Further outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow are likely. Becoming brighter later with some sunny spells and wintry showers developing. Maximum Temperature 6C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Northerly winds will become established through Saturday drawing in colder air. There will be a mix of sunshine and scattered snow showers, mainly around the coasts. Widespread overnight frosts.

Updated at: 1558 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Windy with further wintry showers, especially north and and west.

This Evening and Tonight:

Wintry showers continuing, but snow mostly confined to the hills. Showers most frequent in the north and west where remaining breezy, but also affecting the southeast late in the night. Icy stretches developing on untreated surfaces. Gales in the southwest.

Friday:

Feeling cold in brisk north or north-westerly winds, gales in the northwest. Further wintry showers for many with hill snow, mainly north. Sunny spells elsewhere. Icy in places.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Cold northerly winds becoming established on Saturday, bringing snow showers to northern parts and extending to windward coasts on Sunday and Monday, with drier conditions further inland. Widespread overnight frosts.

Updated at: 1537 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 3 Feb 2015 to Thursday 12 Feb 2015:

The general cold feel to the weather will continue during the first week of February, as the northerly winds bring hail, sleet and snow showers to the country. Showers will be frequent across northern parts and may affect other coastal areas at times, with widespread overnight frost and ice too. There is a low probability of more widespread rain and snow over south-western areas, in the first couple of days. Strong northerly winds at first, with gales in places, will lead to a significant wind chill, this gradually easing. The driest and brightest weather will be across sheltered southern parts. There are signals for a change to less cold temperatures and spells of rain by next weekend, though there is still a risk of snow, frost and ice at times.

UK Outlook for Friday 13 Feb 2015 to Friday 27 Feb 2015:

It looks most likely that unsettled conditions will continue across much of the UK with temperatures closer to normal when compared to the start of February. This may be more obvious across parts of southern and western Britain where it might be a little wetter than average as spells of wind and rain make their way in from the Atlantic. However, there is the possibility of pressure building around the middle of the month bringing drier conditions but with colder temperatures than average, particularly to the south.

Updated at: 1537 on Thu 29 Jan 2015

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