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    Forecast Summary

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

    Regional forecast for Wales

    Mostly dry with some sunshine.

    Today:

    After a chilly start, it will be a mostly dry and bright day with sunny spells. Through the afternoon however, cloud will start to thicken from the south with winds strengthening, and outbreaks of rain into the southwest by evening. Maximum Temperature 20C.

    Tonight:

    Cloud and outbreaks of rain in the southwest will continue to spread northeastwards overnight, with drier, clearer conditions following. However, some scattered showers may return to western parts. Minimum Temperature 13C.

    Thursday:

    It will be a dry and bright start to the day for many, with sunny spells, but a band of showery rain will spread eastwards through the day. Maximum Temperature 21C.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    A mix of sunshine and showers on Friday and Saturday. Winds gradually easing through Saturday. A mostly dry day on Sunday, with bright or sunny spells.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 27 Aug 2014

    UK forecast for the next 5 days

    Dry with sunny spells for many. Rain into southwest later.

    Today:

    After a chilly start, it will be a dry and bright day for most with sunny spells, but cloud will thicken in the southwest as outbreaks of rain and strengthening winds spread slowly northeastwards. Some warm sunshine towards the east.

    Tonight:

    Rain will continue to spread northeastwards overnight, becoming locally heavy at times in the west. Strengthening winds, especially in northwest where near gale. Clearer conditions following to western areas later.

    Thursday:

    Rain continuing northeastwards, followed by a mixture of bright or sunny spells and showers, heavy at times in the west. Windy, with the risk of gales in northwestern exposure.

    Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

    A mix of sunshine and showers or longer spells of rain on Friday and Saturday. Winds easing Saturday. Sunday starting dry, but rain and strong winds returning into northwest later.

    Issued at: 0500 on Wed 27 Aug 2014

    Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

    UK Outlook for Sunday 31 Aug 2014 to Tuesday 9 Sep 2014:

    A dry start for most on Sunday, then increasingly wet and breezy as rain moves eastwards. Low risk of severe gales in the northwest later on Sunday and into Monday. Conditions then remaining on the unsettled side at first next week with further rain, mainly in the north, but brighter conditions and lighter winds likely across the south. By Tuesday though, more settled conditions will gradually spread in from the west. Southern areas are likely to see the best of these drier and brighter conditions with few showers, whilst northwestern areas would see the most frequent bouts of unsettled weather with further outbreaks of rain. Temperatures will generally be near normal at first but gradually increasing to just above average, with the best of the temperatures generally towards the southeast.

    UK Outlook for Wednesday 10 Sep 2014 to Wednesday 24 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 should 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: 0500 on Wed 27 Aug 2014

    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 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.