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

    Regional forecast for Wales

    Rain clearing overnight. Cool with sunshine and showers tomorrow.

    This Evening and Tonight:

    Cloud and outbreaks of showery rain, possibly heavy at times, will gradually clear southwards through the night. Clearer and cooler conditions will spread from the north with some showers later, though likely to be less chilly than recent nights. Minimum Temperature 6C.

    Friday:

    A better day than Thursday for Wales, it will be dry for most with sunny spells, but isolated showers are likely. Rather cool again in a northwesterly breeze. Maximum Temperature 18C.

    Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

    Mostly dry and fine with sunny spells on Saturday and Sunday, and cold nights. Wet and windy weather at first on Monday, clearing later with some showers.

    Issued at: 1700 on Thu 21 Aug 2014

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Showery rain clearing south overnight. Sunshine and showers tomorrow.

    This Evening and Tonight:

    Less chilly than recent nights for southern parts with cloud and outbreaks of showery rain, possibly heavy at times, becoming confined to the southeast. Clearer and cooler conditions in the north with scattered showers, mainly in the far north.

    Friday:

    Cloud and showery outbreaks of rain across southeastern areas, clearing in the morning. Sunny spells and a few showers following, most frequent in the northeast. Another cool day.

    Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

    Sunny periods on Saturday with showers mainly in northern and eastern areas. Cool at first, but mostly fine on Sunday. Outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards on Bank Holiday Monday.

    Issued at: 1700 on Thu 21 Aug 2014

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Tuesday 26 Aug 2014 to Thursday 4 Sep 2014:

    Any lingering rain in the far east may clear on Tuesday, there will then be spells of rain or showers through the middle of next week as a mobile westerly pattern becomes established. Winds could be locally strong in the north and west, with a risk of gales. It then stays rather unsettled through the period with scattered showers or longer spells of rain, interspersed with brighter spells. The wettest weather is likely to be in the northwest with stronger winds also likely at times, whilst the best of the drier and brighter interludes will be towards the southeast. It will stay cool in the wind and rain, although temperatures will be close to or slightly below normal, but warm at times during any drier spells and towards the southeast.

    UK Outlook for Friday 5 Sep 2014 to Friday 19 Sep 2014:

    Current signals continue to suggest a broadly changeable spell of weather. As such, most regions can expect to see spells of fine weather, with some warm sunshine at times. However, these spells will then be interspersed with more unsettled conditions bringing showery outbreaks and perhaps more prolonged spells of rain. Northern and western parts are then likely to see the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather, whilst southern and eastern parts are likely to see the most frequent and prolonged fine and dry spells. Daytime temperatures, meanwhile, are likely to be warm during the fine spells and near or below average during unsettled weather.

    Issued at: 1700 on Thu 21 Aug 2014

    Location Details

    Swansea

    Location: 51.621, -3.9424

    Altitude: 10m above mean sea level

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    Swansea information

    Situated in the historic county of Glamorgan on the South Wales coast, Swansea is the second most populated area in Wales, after Cardiff.

    During the 19th Century, Swansea was a key centre of the copper industry and aptly was nicknamed ‘Copperopolis’ and thanks to its trading links with the West Country, Cornwall and Devon, it became the ideal site for copper smelting.

    The Gower Peninsula, near Swansea, was Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It boasts a dozen orchid species, varied birdlife, and rare invertebrates such as the Dotted Bee Fly and The Bloody Nosed Beetle.

    The arts are an important part of life in Swansea and the city is home to a number of performing art centres, including The Royal Institute of South Wales and The Literary and Philosophical Society. The Grand Theatre, which celebrated is centenary in 1997, was opened in 1897 by operatic star of the time Adelina Patti and now welcomes ballets and operas from around the world.

    The international ‘BeyondTv Film Festival’ has been held in Swansea since 2000 and in 2009, Swansea Council launched Wales’ only week long St David’s Week festival in venues throughout the city.

    When it comes to language, Swansea really hold tight to traditions with 47% speaking Welsh as their first language compared to only 20% as the Welsh average.

    Sport is also important in Swansea, with the Liberty Stadium hosting Swansea City — Wales’ first Premier League team, and Ospreys rugby union team.

    One of Wales’ most famous delicacies also originates in Swansea and the dish of cockles and laverbread continues to be sourced from the Loughor Estury today.

    Swansea University has a campus in Singleton Park, overlooking the beautiful Swansea Bay, and is regarded as one of the leading engineering centres of excellence in the world. It is particularly renowned for its work on computational techniques that go on to solve engineering design problems.

    Famous faces from the city include the Oscar nominated Catherine Zeta Jones, talk show panellist Ian Hislop, and of course the world famous poet Dylan Thomas famed for his poem ‘do not go gentle into that good night’.