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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 Monday 28 Jul 2014 to Wednesday 6 Aug 2014:

    Largely fine and dry weather is expected across most parts of the UK initially, although there is a low risk of heavy thundery showers affecting the southeast, while in the north an area of rain is expected to move eastwards through Monday. 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, mainly over southern areas, but occasional rain and brisk winds often affecting 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 extending further towards the south.

    UK Outlook for Thursday 7 Aug 2014 to Thursday 21 Aug 2014:

    The recent generally settled conditions over southern areas are expected to persist into the first part of this period. Towards the north, rather more unsettled, with more in the way of cloud and sporadic outbreaks of rain likely. Temperatures should remain above average for southeastern parts initially, but 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

    Cardiff

    Location: 51.4812, -3.1778

    Altitude: 11m above mean sea level

    Cardiff information

    Cardiff was named capital city of Wales in 1955 and is the most important city in principality. Boasting a 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. A Roman fort was created in the north-west of the city, and during the Middle Ages the area became of crucial strategic importance during the war between the Normans and Welsh. As a result, Cardiff lays claim to the largest concentration of castles of any city in the world, the most prominent of which is Cardiff Castle.

    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. At its peak, Tiger Bay was the busiest port in the world and the wealth and migrant workers which were brought into the city created rapid growth during the 1800s.

    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. The filming and production of the new series of Doctor Who also takes place in the city.

    Cardiff is built on reclaimed marshland, making the landscape of the city very flat and it is often claimed that Cardiff enjoys more hours of sunshine than Milan. The city also boasts more green space per person than the other major UK cities.

    Names as European City of Sport in 2009, Cardiff hosts a variety of sporting venues, including the Millennium Stadium which is home to both the Wales national Rugby Union team and national football team. The venue, which also served as the FA Cup’s temporary home during the reconstruction of Wembley, manages to protect events from inclement weather thanks to its retractable roof — the only one in the UK. The SWALEC Stadium in Sophia Gardens is the home of Glamorgan and, following an extensive redevelopment, now hosts regular Test cricket.

    Beloved children’s author Roald Dahl was born in the city, as was famous composer and musician Ivor Novello. Other famous faces that come from Cardiff include football Ryan Giggs, and singers Shirley Bassey and Charlotte Church.