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Issued at: 0300 on Wed 04 Mar 2015

Forecast summary

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

Regional forecast for Wales

Becoming dry and bright. Feeling more pleasant in the sunshine.

Today:

A cold start with one or two lingering showers from overnight. These will quickly clear through the morning leaving everywhere fine. Winds will become lighter, making it feel more pleasant in the sunshine. Maximum Temperature 8C.

Tonight:

Staying dry and clear overnight, allowing a widespread frost to develop, mainly southeast. Cloud will gradually spread in from the northwest by dawn. Gentle southwesterly breeze throughout. Minimum Temperature -2C.

Thursday:

Cold and frosty start for many. Cloud will increase through the day leading to sunny spells during the afternoon with patchy rain and drizzle over hills. Turning milder. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Variable amounts of cloud with sunny spells.Some rain showers possible, mainly western hills. Turning windy. Outbreaks of rain perhaps edging south Sunday. Feeling mild or very mild for most.

Updated at: 0244 on Wed 04 Mar 2015

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Turning dry and bright for many. Feeling pleasant in sunshine.

Today:

Cold and bright start for many, with showers in the north and west of the country at first. Showers will gradually clear through the day leaving everywhere fine. Winds will ease, making it feel reasonably pleasant in the sunshine.

Tonight:

Staying dry and clear in the south and east, leading to a widespread frost developing. Turning cloudy with patchy rain and strengthening winds in the northwest with gales in exposure.

Thursday:

Rain in northwestern areas turning heavy and persistent. Further south, brighter, dry conditions will prevail, although it will probably become cloudy later. Windy in north with gales at times. Milder.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Rain affecting northwest Scotland, often heavy and persistent. Elsewhere, variable cloud with sunny spells. Windy for many with gales northwest. Rain edging south Sunday. Mild or very mild for most.

Updated at: 0232 on Wed 04 Mar 2015

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Sunday 8 Mar 2015 to Tuesday 17 Mar 2015:

A northwest/southeast split is likely on Sunday. Wetter weather is expected in the northwest, with outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy in western Scotland, slowly moving south, possibly reaching northern England by the end of the day before stalling. It will also be windy with gales possible in places. Drier, brighter, less windy conditions are likely in the southeast, with some sunny spells. It will become mild across the country and may be very mild in some eastern parts. From Monday, there looks to be a change to more settled conditions to most parts of the UK, however, occasional weather systems will likely bring cloudier interludes with rain to northern and western parts. There is uncertainty in temperatures, but they are more likely to be average for the time of year.

UK Outlook for Wednesday 18 Mar 2015 to Wednesday 1 Apr 2015:

It looks probable that pressure will remain higher than average across the UK at first. This would bring generally drier than average conditions, but it is likely that there could also be some cloud at times, with some occasional rain or showers particularly across the north. There are signs that a more unsettled regime will be established in late March with wetter than average conditions probably developing in the northwest, but still with drier weather in the southeast.

Updated at: 1155 on Tue 03 Mar 2015

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Cardiff

Cardiff Cardiff – Clear night 51.4812 -3.1778
Swansea Swansea – Clear night 51.621 -3.9424
Yeovil Yeovil – Clear night 50.9416 -2.632
Hereford Hereford – Clear night 52.056 -2.7146
Barnstaple Barnstaple – Partly cloudy 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) – Partly cloudy night 52.5118 -3.3118
Aberystwyth Aberystwyth – Cloudy 52.415 -4.0817
Pembroke Pembroke – Clear night 51.6731 -4.9084
Southampton Southampton – Partly cloudy 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 – Light shower night 53.0428 -2.9911
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Clear night 52.0382 -0.7555
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Light shower night 53.0024 -2.178
Caernarfon Caernarfon – Light rain 53.1393 -4.2727
Camborne Camborne – Light shower 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