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Issued at: 0200 on Fri 27 Mar 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for Wales

Mostly dry today but turning wet and windy overnight.

Today:

It will turn increasingly cloudy from the west today but it should stay dry and the odd brighter spell is still possible. Winds will be light and westerly. Maximum Temperature 9C.

Tonight:

Patchy rain may affect the country at times during the night, with low cloud mist and fog becoming widespread. Winds will strengthen with coastal gales possible by dawn. Minimum Temperature 5C.

Saturday:

A band of rain will sweep across all parts during the morning, clearing by midday, but a few showers will follow during the afternoon. Very windy throughout with gales possible. Maximum Temperature 13C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Unsettled and very windy with gales possible. Spells of rain are likely on most days but there should be some brighter interludes too. Often feeling cold in the wind.

Updated at: 0245 on Fri 27 Mar 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Becoming increasingly cloudy, wet and windy from the west.

Today:

It will become increasingly cloudy from the west, with patchy rain across far southwestern Britain, along with increasing hill and coastal fog. Showers, some heavy, will affect the far northwest. Mainly dry and bright in the east.

Tonight:

Wet and windy weather will spread eastwards overnight, affecting northern Britain especially with heavy rain and gales. Low cloud, mist and fog will become more widespread across the south.

Saturday:

It will stay very windy, with severe gales possible across the north of the UK. Further heavy rain is likely but it should clear in the afternoon with showers following.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Unsettled and windy with further outbreaks of rain, especially in the west. Some brief brighter interludes are likely though. Markedly colder across northern Britain on Tuesday with snow showers.

Updated at: 0236 on Fri 27 Mar 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Tuesday 31 Mar 2015 to Thursday 9 Apr 2015:

Unsettled, generally windy with a risk risk of gales, or severe gales, in the north and west, especially Tuesday. A rain band will clear southeastwards through Tuesday, followed by sunshine and blustery showers, most frequent in the northwest where they could turn wintry. Drier Wednesday, although further wind and rain likely returning from the west. Temperatures mild in the south, but colder in the north. Then generally remaining changeable through the remainder of next week and into Easter with spells of wind , rain and showers, mainly across northwestern parts, interspersed by drier brighter conditions, particularly in the south. Showers in the north, possibly wintry over hills at times. Temperatures near average in the south but below in the north with overnight frosts likely here, possibly locally in the south also.

UK Outlook for Friday 10 Apr 2015 to Friday 24 Apr 2015:

The changeable period will probably continue, with unsettled conditions interspersed with some spells of fine weather. Current indications are that westerly regime will persist allowing showers or longer spells of rain to affect the UK at times, with northwestern parts likely seeing the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather. There will likely be some drier, more settled periods too, predominantly across the south and east; but across all parts at times. There will therefore probably be a wide range in temperatures with some warmer days, but also some cold nights, with a continued risk of frosts; especially in the north. By mid-April, signals become very uncertain.

Updated at: 1154 on Thu 26 Mar 2015

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Cardiff

Cardiff Cardiff – Clear night 51.4812 -3.1778
Swansea Swansea – Partly cloudy night 51.621 -3.9424
Yeovil Yeovil – Clear night 50.9416 -2.632
Hereford Hereford – Clear night 52.056 -2.7146
Barnstaple Barnstaple – Clear night 51.0777 -4.0571
Exeter Exeter – Partly cloudy night 50.7179 -3.5327
Swindon Swindon – Clear night 51.5556 -1.7784
Newtown (Powys) Newtown (Powys) – Clear night 52.5118 -3.3118
Aberystwyth Aberystwyth – Clear night 52.415 -4.0817
Pembroke Pembroke – Partly cloudy night 51.6731 -4.9084
Southampton Southampton – Clear night 50.9093 -1.403
Plymouth Plymouth – Clear night 50.3713 -4.1348
Banbury Banbury – Clear night 52.0625 -1.3383
Birmingham Birmingham – Clear night 52.4859 -1.889
Reading Reading – Clear night 51.4523 -0.9724
Wrexham Wrexham – Clear night 53.0428 -2.9911
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Clear night 52.0382 -0.7555
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Clear night 53.0024 -2.178
Caernarfon Caernarfon – Clear 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