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Forecast summary

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  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for Wales

Remaining largely cloudy, damp and murky; especially in the east.

This Evening and Tonight:

Cloudy and damp evening and night with low cloud giving hill fog and patchy drizzle, this most extensive across eastern parts of the country. Clearer breaks in western areas later will lead to cooler conditions here with some fog patches. Minimum Temperature 4C.

Thursday:

Remaining largely cloudy through the day with some intermittent drizzle likely in the east. However, some bright spells are possible in the west where southeasterly winds will increase later. Maximum Temperature 10C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Often cloudy, but mainly dry. Bright spells in the west where it may be locally very mild. However, feeling cooler in exposure to strong winds Friday. Feeling colder by Sunday.

Updated at: 1527 on Wed 26 Nov 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Cloudy, damp and murky for many. Patchy frost in northwest.

This Evening and Tonight:

Cloudy and damp for many with extensive low cloud giving fog across hills and to some lower level sites later. Some heavier rain will affect parts of southern England, before moving slowly north. Patchy frost and fog in clearer northwest.

Thursday:

Dull, misty and damp start for many with these conditions extending north into central Scotland. Drier, somewhat brighter, in extreme west, and later the southwest where it will become breezy.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Largely dry, but often cloudy. Southern, some western, parts seeing the best bright spells. Temperatures near normal or mild, but feeling cooler in stronger winds Friday, and southern parts Sunday.

Updated at: 1527 on Wed 26 Nov 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 1 Dec 2014 to Wednesday 10 Dec 2014:

Outbreaks of rain in the northwest will gradually move southeastwards through Monday and Tuesday, weakening as it does so. Largely cloudy ahead of this rain, with clear and colder conditions following from the northwest. Thereafter, pressure will build from the west bringing a period of largely settled weather with variable cloud and some sunny spells. Risk of frost and fog patches forming by night where skies remain clear. However, northwestern parts will be windy at times with occasional rain or showers, these perhaps wintry over the hills. Temperatures often below average and rather cold at times, especially where fog lingers. The week after next is likely to turn more unsettled and milder in the northwest. These conditions may well spread to more southern and eastern parts of the country later.

UK Outlook for Thursday 11 Dec 2014 to Thursday 25 Dec 2014:

There is no strong signal in weather patterns during this period. However, the most likely scenario is a trend towards more unsettled and, at times, windy weather, especially in western parts of the UK, with eastern parts seeing the best of any dry weather. Temperatures are generally expected to be around, or a little above, average for the time of year. There is a chance of some overnight and morning frost and fog in places. There is also a chance of some snow on higher ground in the north.

Updated at: 1527 on Wed 26 Nov 2014

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Weather forecast map for Cardiff

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