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Issued at: 0300 on Thu 27 Nov 2014

Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for Wales

Another largely cloudy and murky day.

Today:

Another largely cloudy and murky day for most, with widespread hill fog and the odd spot of drizzle over higher ground, especially this morning. However, a few brighter spells may develop, particularly across western areas at times. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Tonight:

A good deal of dry weather overnight, though still drizzly over some hills. Becoming cloudy and misty for many, but some clearer spells in the west. Becoming increasingly breezy. Minimum Temperature 6C.

Friday:

A breezy day. Still mainly cloudy, with a little patchy, light rain, mainly over hills. Some brighter spells in the west at times. Maximum Temperature 12C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Quiet through the weekend with a good deal of cloud, but largely dry conditions, and occasional brighter spells. Outbreaks of rain spreading from the northwest later on Monday.

Updated at: 0349 on Thu 27 Nov 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Another largely cloudy and murky day.

Today:

Many places dull, misty and damp with widespread hill fog. Mainly dry and somewhat brighter for some western and particularly northwestern parts after the slow clearance of any fog. Becoming breezy in the southwest later.

Tonight:

Dry for many overnight, though still some patchy drizzle, with some rain in the northeast. Cloudy and misty for many, but some clearer spells in the west. Becoming increasingly breezy.

Friday:

A breezy day. Still mainly cloudy, though a good deal of dry weather, but further rain and drizzle in the northeast. Some brighter spells in the west at times.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Quiet through the weekend with a good deal of cloud, but largely dry conditions, and occasional brighter spells. Rain spreading from the northwest on Monday and turning colder.

Updated at: 0301 on Thu 27 Nov 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 1 Dec 2014 to Wednesday 10 Dec 2014:

Outbreaks of rain in the northwest will gradually move southeastwards through Monday and Tuesday, weakening as it does so. Largely cloudy ahead of this rain, with clear and colder conditions following from the northwest. Thereafter, pressure will build from the west bringing a period of largely settled weather with variable cloud and some sunny spells. Risk of frost and fog patches forming by night where skies remain clear. However, northwestern parts will be windy at times with occasional rain or showers, these perhaps wintry over the hills. Temperatures often below average and rather cold at times, especially where fog lingers. The week after next is likely to turn more unsettled and milder in the northwest. These conditions may well spread to more southern and eastern parts of the country later.

UK Outlook for Thursday 11 Dec 2014 to Thursday 25 Dec 2014:

There is no strong signal in weather patterns during this period. However, the most likely scenario is a trend towards more 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. There is also a chance of some snow on higher ground in the north.

Updated at: 0301 on Thu 27 Nov 2014

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 – Mist 50.9416 -2.632
Hereford Hereford – Overcast 52.056 -2.7146
Barnstaple Barnstaple – Cloudy 51.0777 -4.0571
Exeter Exeter – Fog 50.7179 -3.5327
Swindon Swindon – Overcast 51.5556 -1.7784
Newtown (Powys) Newtown (Powys) – Fog 52.5118 -3.3118
Aberystwyth Aberystwyth – Cloudy 52.415 -4.0817
Pembroke Pembroke – Partly cloudy night 51.6731 -4.9084
Southampton Southampton – Cloudy 50.9093 -1.403
Plymouth Plymouth – Partly cloudy night 50.3713 -4.1348
Banbury Banbury – Overcast 52.0625 -1.3383
Birmingham Birmingham – Overcast 52.4859 -1.889
Reading Reading – Overcast 51.4523 -0.9724
Wrexham Wrexham – Light rain 53.0428 -2.9911
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Heavy rain 52.0382 -0.7555
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Light rain 53.0024 -2.178
Caernarfon Caernarfon – Partly cloudy night 53.1393 -4.2727
Camborne Camborne – Partly cloudy night 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