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An unseasonable February

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Derek Brockway Derek Brockway | 15:38 UK time, Thursday, 23 February 2012

At Capel Curig in Snowdonia over 50mm (two inches) of rain fell yesterday with some flooding in the Conwy Valley between Llanrwst and Trefriw but today it is much drier and mild. The air over us has come all the way from the tropics but as it crosses the sea it cools forming low cloud, mist, fog and drizzle.

Edward Brown sent this picture to me on Twitter. You can just make out the moored ferry in Pembroke Dock.

However, as the air moves over the land it dries out, the cloud lifts and breaks leaving parts of north and east Wales fine, warm and sunny. In fact it's been like spring on the north coast.

Richard Hopkins took this snap looking towards Colwyn Bay and Rhyl.

The temperature in Hawarden in Flintshire nearly reached 17 Celsius today, 63 Fahrenheit. That's nine degrees above average and more like May than February. But we haven't broken any records. But we haven't broken any records...

The highest temperature in Wales in February was in 1990 when Velindre near Glasbury in Powys recorded 18.6 Celsius, 65 Fahrenheit on 23 February.

Mind you, it hasn't been spring-like everywhere today. In the south and west it has been cooler, especially on the coast with low cloud, mist, fog and drizzle. On Gower the temperature has only been around nine Celsius. At this time of year, the sea is still is cold, around seven or eight Celsius, so where the wind is onshore it can be chilly.

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