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    Forecast Summary

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

    Regional forecast for Wales

    Mostly fine and very warm. Isolated thundery showers likely later.

    Today:

    Any patchy cloud and hill fog will soon clear to leave another mostly fine day and it will become very warm or locally hot. Isolated thundery showers are likely to move westwards across some southern parts later in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 27C.

    Tonight:

    Any isolated heavy and thundery showers largely clearing during the evening. Otherwise many places will have a fine end to the day, followed by a dry night with clear periods. Minimum Temperature 13C.

    Thursday:

    Across the country it will continue to remain largely dry and very warm, or even hot for some. There will be plenty of sunny spells as well. Maximum Temperature 28C.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    Through into the weekend there will continue to be plenty of dry and fine weather. Isolated daytime showers may develop, which could be locally heavy. Warm or very warm.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 23 Jul 2014

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Largely fine and very warm. Isolated thunderstorms in the south.

    Today:

    Many eastern and central parts starting dull, but low cloud soon burning back to northeastern coasts. Isolated thundery showers moving westwards across the south in the afternoon. Otherwise mostly dry, fine and very warm, although cooler along cloudier northeastern coasts.

    Tonight:

    Low cloud, mist and hill fog in northeast returning westwards across some eastern and central parts. Isolated heavy showers, mainly in the southwest, easing. Elsewhere dry with clear periods.

    Thursday:

    Another dry, fine and very warm day for many. Cloud and mist in the northeast becoming confined to coastal parts. Isolated heavy, thundery showers likely in the southwest at times.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    Plenty of dry weather, but some locally heavy daytime showers, mainly in the south. Also some more persistent rain in the north from Saturday. Generally warm or very warm still.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 23 Jul 2014

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Sunday 27 Jul 2014 to Tuesday 5 Aug 2014:

    Largely fine and dry weather is expected across southern parts of the UK initially, although isolated showers could affect the southeast, while in the north a band of showery rain may edge southwards through Sunday. It will remain warm or very warm for many, and perhaps locally hot in places, although sea breezes should keep some coastal parts a little fresher. During next week, lengthy periods of fine, dry and warm weather are likely. Occasional rain and brisk winds may affect northern parts with temperatures here returning closer to average. The last part of this period should be similar, although there are indications that the more unsettled weather in the north may extend further south at times.

    UK Outlook for Wednesday 6 Aug 2014 to Wednesday 20 Aug 2014:

    The recent generally settled conditions are expected to persist into the first part of this period, with mostly fine and dry weather continuing across more southern parts. Towards the north, more in the way of cloud and sporadic outbreaks of rain are likely. Temperatures should remain above average for most, possibly turning locally hot for a time in the south. Later in the period, a change towards more unsettled conditions overall is looking likely with a higher risk of rain or showers, although there will also be some drier, brighter interludes.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 23 Jul 2014

    Location Details

    Swansea

    Location: 51.621, -3.9424

    Altitude: 10m above mean sea level

    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’.