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Issued at: 0700 on Sat 18 Apr 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for Wales

Generally dry and settled. Cloudier on Sunday.

Today:

Saturday will be fine and dry with prolonged spells of sunshine. There will be a cool easterly wind blowing, but in any shelter towards the west it should feel quite pleasant in the sunshine. Maximum Temperature 15C.

Tonight:

Dry, with clear skies for many overnight. This will allow temperatures away from town and cities to fall low enough to give patchy rural frost. Cloudier in the east later. Minimum Temperature 3C.

Sunday:

Generally a cloudier day, with a few light showers in the north and east. Feeling cooler with cloudier skies and a northeasterly breeze. Sunny spells in the west. Maximum Temperature 12C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

High pressure dominates the weather into next week, bringing plenty of fine and dry weather, with sunny spells. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Some chilly nights under clearer skies.

Updated at: 0438 on Sat 18 Apr 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Generally dry and settled. Cloudier with showers on Sunday.

Today:

Saturday will be dry with sunny spells for most. Windy in the south, especially southwest England and through the English Channel, where it will feel chilly. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine and in shelter from the wind.

Tonight:

Dry, with clear spells in the west. Meanwhile, cloud will be spreading in from off the North Sea into northern and eastern parts of the UK during the night.

Sunday:

A generally cloudier day, with some showers affecting central and eastern parts of the UK. Dry and bright, with sunny spells in the south and west. Cool in the east.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

High pressure dominates into next week, bringing plenty of fine and dry weather with warm sunny spells, mainly in west. Often cloudy further east. Some chilly nights under clearer skies.

Updated at: 0436 on Sat 18 Apr 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Wednesday 22 Apr 2015 to Friday 1 May 2015:

Through Wednesday and Thursday next week conditions are going to remain generally fine and dry with good sunny spells across the UK. Any showers or outbreaks of rain are going to be very isolated and largely confined to coastal parts. Nights will be chilly with a risk of rural frost whilst daytime temperatures should still be above normal and locally warm inland, though it will feel a little cooler in the south where there will be more of a breeze. Through the following weekend and the week after we are likely to have a transition to more changeable and unsettled conditions from the west/southwest with some wet weather expected. It will become much windier and also cooler than recently, with temperatures being suppressed a little below normal.

UK Outlook for Saturday 2 May 2015 to Saturday 16 May 2015:

There are signals for the unsettled and cooler conditions to last for the first few days of the peiod. Thereafter predictability becomes very limited as such conditiions should be fairly typical for the time of year. Some wet weather is likely at times along with some drier and brighter periods, perhaps the best of these towards the south and east. Daytime temperatures will probably range close to average during unsettled weather to above average when conditions are fine, and it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunnier spells as a result. As is common for the time of year, settled spells may be accompanied by chilly evenings with some isolated overnight frost in rural areas.

Updated at: 1305 on Fri 17 Apr 2015

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Cardiff

Cardiff Cardiff – Cloudy 51.4812 -3.1778
Swansea Swansea – Sunny day 51.621 -3.9424
Yeovil Yeovil – Sunny day 50.9416 -2.632
Hereford Hereford – Overcast 52.056 -2.7146
Barnstaple Barnstaple – Sunny day 51.0777 -4.0571
Exeter Exeter – Sunny day 50.7179 -3.5327
Swindon Swindon – Sunny intervals 51.5556 -1.7784
Newtown (Powys) Newtown (Powys) – Cloudy 52.5118 -3.3118
Aberystwyth Aberystwyth – Sunny day 52.415 -4.0817
Pembroke Pembroke – Sunny day 51.6731 -4.9084
Southampton Southampton – Sunny day 50.9093 -1.403
Plymouth Plymouth – Sunny intervals 50.3713 -4.1348
Banbury Banbury – Sunny intervals 52.0625 -1.3383
Birmingham Birmingham – Cloudy 52.4859 -1.889
Reading Reading – Sunny intervals 51.4523 -0.9724
Wrexham Wrexham – Sunny intervals 53.0428 -2.9911
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Cloudy 52.0382 -0.7555
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Sunny day 53.0024 -2.178
Caernarfon Caernarfon – Sunny day 53.1393 -4.2727
Camborne Camborne – Cloudy 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