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Monday (22 December 2014)
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Sunrise: 08:16 Sunset: 16:06 Moon phase: New 3 Daily air quality index:3
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Issued at: 2200 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for Wales

Cloudy and mild with brisk winds and outbreaks of rain.

This Evening and Tonight:

It will remain cloudy and windy across all areas with patchy rain or drizzle, persistent and heavy at times across the hills in the north and west. Another mild night, despite the strength of the wind. Minimum Temperature 9C.

Tuesday:

Cloudy and windy for all areas, with rain becoming more persistent and heavy in places by the afternoon, especially in the north and west. Maximum Temperature 12C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Colder with sunny spells and isolated blustery showers on Christmas Eve, then mostly fine on Christmas Day. It will turn wet and windy from the west during Boxing Day.

Updated at: 1448 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Rain, heavy across western hills, moving slowly southwards. Windy.

This Evening and Tonight:

Rain will extend slowly southwards to affect Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England, persistent and heavy across western hills. To the north it will be cold with frequent showers, and to the south, mild with patchy drizzle. Generally windy.

Tuesday:

Rain will continue slowly southwards, heavy across western hills, reaching southern parts of the UK in the evening. It will stay cold further north with sunshine and showers.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Rain will clear southwards during Christmas Eve, with colder, clearer conditions following. Largely fine on Christmas Day with wintry showers across eastern Britain. Turning wet and windy on Boxing Day.

Updated at: 1445 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Saturday 27 Dec 2014 to Monday 5 Jan 2015:

Most places will be wet and windy on Saturday, with gales or sever gales developing in places. Southeastern areas of England may stay dry at first, however. Cloud and rain are expected to clear erratically eastwards during Sunday leaving sunny spells and scattered blustery showers. These will be most frequent across northern and western Britain, becoming wintry with snow in the north. Temperatures will initially be above average but fall below as the rain clears. It will become colder into the following week with snow showers developing across the north. These may spread southwards at times and it will be frosty with freezing fog patches possible. It may turn more unsettled with time, with wetter and windier conditions returning from the west, and temperatures becoming nearer normal.

UK Outlook for Tuesday 6 Jan 2015 to Tuesday 20 Jan 2015:

The most likely scenario for the coming New Year is for a continuation of changeable, and at times, windy weather coming from the Atlantic with the wettest weather probably across western parts of the UK, and southern and eastern parts most likely to see the best of any dry weather. In between the wetter periods there should be drier, brighter, and colder spells. Temperatures are most likely to be around, or slightly below, average for the time of year with overnight frosts and some snow possible, particularly over the high ground.

Updated at: 1445 on Mon 22 Dec 2014

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Weather forecast map for Cardiff

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