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Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for Wales

Cloudy with light rain for some, brighter in the south.

Today:

A grey day for many with the odd spot of light rain and drizzle possible, especially over the hills and mountains. Towards the south and west, it is likely to be brighter with some sunny spells. Maximum Temperature 10 °C.

Tonight:

Overnight it will stay cloudy for some northern parts. However in any clearer skies elsewhere, it will be colder with some frost possible. Minimum Temperature 0 °C.

Friday:

On Friday, the cloud could linger in some north-eastern parts, but elsewhere there is a better chance of seeing some sunshine through the day. Maximum Temperature 7 °C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Mostly settled and dry but still rather cloudy and cold. Some bright spells at times. Perhaps a few light showers, which may give a wintry mix and icy conditions.

Updated at: 0127 on Thu 19 Jan 2017

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cloudy skies for most, clear and sunny in the south.

Today:

It will be a grey day for many, with the odd spot of light rain and drizzle possible, and some hill fog. Southern England and some parts of eastern Scotland will be mostly clear and sunny.

Tonight:

Overnight it will stay cloudy and frost-free for most. However in the clear skies across southern England and South Wales, it will be colder and frosty.

Friday:

A brighter day for parts of Wales and Northern Scotland, and the sunshine will stay across much of southern England. Elsewhere it'll be mostly cloudy but mainly dry.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Mostly settled and dry but rather cloudy and cold, with some bright spells. Some light showers are possible, perhaps giving a wintry mix for parts of England and Wales.

Updated at: 0110 on Thu 19 Jan 2017

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 23 Jan 2017 to Wednesday 1 Feb 2017:

High pressure is likely to continue to dominate across the UK on Monday and Tuesday, with mostly dry and settled conditions expected, aside from in the far north-west where rain and strong winds are possible. Temperatures will be mostly either around average or a little colder. Looking further ahead, more unsettled conditions are expected to slowly spread further into the north and west bringing spells of rain and strong winds, although it will be more settled further south and east. The unsettled and at times windy conditions are expected to continue to slowly spread south and east through the period, eventually bringing milder conditions to most and outbreaks of rain at times across the country, this likely heavier further west and lighter and less frequent further east.

Updated at: 1135 on Wed 18 Jan 2017

UK Outlook for Thursday 2 Feb 2017 to Thursday 16 Feb 2017:

Looking ahead to the start of February confidence is fairly low. However, the most likely scenario is that Atlantic low pressure systems will bring spells of wet and windy weather to all at times, though this will be interspersed with drier and brighter interludes. Temperatures will generally be around average for this time of year, though with occasional milder spells. There is a possibility that an area of high pressure will become dominant again towards the middle of February, bringing more settled conditions with the return of overnight frost and patches of fog. However, confidence regarding this detail is low.

Updated at: 1135 on Wed 18 Jan 2017

Weather map

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Weather forecast map for Cardiff

Cardiff Cardiff – Overcast 51.4812 -3.1778
Swansea Swansea – Cloudy 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) – Overcast 52.5118 -3.3118
Aberystwyth Aberystwyth – Overcast 52.415 -4.0817
Pembroke Pembroke – Cloudy 51.6731 -4.9084
Southampton Southampton – Sunny day 50.9093 -1.403
Plymouth Plymouth – Sunny intervals 50.3713 -4.1348
Banbury Banbury – Overcast 52.0625 -1.3383
Birmingham Birmingham – Overcast 52.4859 -1.889
Reading Reading – Sunny day 51.4523 -0.9724
Wrexham Wrexham – Overcast 53.0428 -2.9911
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes – Cloudy 52.0382 -0.7555
Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent – Overcast 53.0024 -2.178
Caernarfon Caernarfon – Overcast 53.1393 -4.2727
Camborne Camborne – Sunny day 50.2122 -5.2937

Location Details

Cardiff

Location: 51.4812, -3.1778

Altitude: 11.0 m 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