Ian Durham, TV Producer
As the series producer of ‘Rhys to the Rescue’ and now ‘Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol’, I’ve been working with Dr Rhys Jones for over six years now; and in that time he’s led me into some scary animal scrapes......
August seems to be living up to its reputation for being the wettest summer month in Wales. In parts of the south around an inch of rain fell during the early hours of Wednesday morning with some flooding in the Swansea area.
On Thursday the air was unstable with towering clouds and showers. The showers have been heavy in places but with some hit and miss dry weather, blue sky and sunshine as well. You may have even seen a rainbow like Chris Cousens' on Twitter!
Temperatures on Friday will reach 16 to 20ºC in the afternoon with a south-westerly wind; very brisk on Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula.
Friday night will see further showers in places, otherwise it will be dry and partly cloudy. The wind will fall light with a few mist patches forming and a fairly mild night, lowest temperatures 10 to 12 Celsius inland, 13 to 15 on the coast.
Saturday will see plenty of dry weather with some sunshine. Cloud will build-up during the day with a few showers likely, mainly in the west and north...
The weather dominated by low pressure again this week. Not the best news for the last week of the school holidays. With the jetstream sitting comfortably across the UK there will be spells of rain but also some sunshine in between the wet weather. It's feeling much cooler than last week too.
Met Office pressure chart for Tuesday 25 August
Tuesday is looking pretty miserable with wet weather spreading up from the south west, some heavy pulses likely. The rain should ease by the afternoon with some hints of brightness before sunset.
Then we go into a day of sunshine and showers on Wednesday. You'll certainly notice the breeze. Highs of 15-20ºC.
We can expect fewer showers for Wales with some sunny spells on Thursday and Friday.
Then we're into the August bank holiday weekend with some good news finally! It looks like pressure will start to rise through the weekend to bring fine weather just in time for the long weekend. Hard to believe it's going to be the first week of autumn next week and the forecast is on the up.
Just in case...
It sure feels like a sauna in the weather office today! It’s hard to think I had a hot water bottle in bed at the beginning of the week and now I’m roasting. The warm and sticky conditions will continue well into the weekend. It’s all down to the warm and humid air coming up from mainland Europe.
Normally I bring the news of wet weather with the promise of something drier but according to the latest forecast not much chance of that this weekend. If anything by Sunday we’re looking at heavy downpours with the potential for a severe weather warning. So do keep an eye on the forecast throughout the weekend.
The pressure chart for Sunday shows a deep area of low pressure not too far away from Wales. This is producing a series of fronts and troughs and we all know what that means.
Met Office Pressure Chart for Sunday 23 August
Looking at this chart you can see why the weekend weather is looking so mixed. Saturday will start off mild with more cloud and rain spreading westwards. The rain will ease for a time...
Well, after a fair August weekend across Wales, it will be a mostly fine and dry start to the week. It’s fairly uneventful on the weather front but it is looking more unsettled by the end of the week!
Monday will be cloudy at times with the odd isolated shower possible, but staying dry for most with long sunny spells. There’ll be light winds too so expect it to feel quite warm in the sunshine. Temperatures will range between 17°C in Gwynedd and 19°C in Newport.
The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway taken by Ian Thomas on the weekend
It's been a chaotic 48 hours but the weather is about to settle down just in time for the weekend. If you’re planning a camping trip you'll be glad to know that it should be largely dry but it will be cool by night so be prepared for that.
This is all thanks to high pressure digging in through the course of the weekend. That means we can look forward to drier and brighter conditions and it will feel fresher.
Met Office Pressure Chart for Sunday 16 August
As the series producer of ‘Rhys to the Rescue’ and now ‘Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol', I’ve been working with Dr Rhys Jones for over six years now; and in that time he’s led me into some scary animal scrapes – a close encounter with Africa’s most venomous snake, a deadly spider in a Cardiff garden centre, and any number of heart-pounding animal-related police raids.
So I guess it should have come as no surprise when he came to me during filming for the brand new series of ‘Wildlife Patrol’ and said: ‘I think we should do something on the killer shrimp in Cardiff Bay.’
‘The killer what? In...
It was a case of dodging the showers at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod last week. Thankfully though there were some drier and brighter spells. The festival finished off on a fine, sunny and very warm note on Saturday with temperatures rising into the low 20s. Meifod lies in a valley surrounded by hills and has its own microclimate; most of the rain tends to fall on the Cambrian Mountains to the west.
There were some interesting wave-like clouds over Carmarthen Bay on Monday morning. Nigel Faithfull took this picture from Saundersfoot. These are Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds and are one of the...
Well, we haven't had the best summer so far but we can't say it's been a total washout. We have had some warm and sunny days but at times it has definitely felt more like autumn. I must say it does always seem to rain during the school holidays. I am keeping my fingers crossed now for an Indian summer!
The varied weather is set to continue over the coming days. We will see the sunshine making an appearance at times. I did chuckle to myself when I read this tweet from Gareth Lovering looking for the missing yellow circle.
Changeable sums up the weather for Wales this week. It sounds like a cop-out - but with some warmth, rain, sun, showers (and strong winds at times!) - we're in for another mixed week!
Monday afternoon will see a few spots of drizzle in places. It’ll turn drier and brighter for most with sunny spells developing more widely. South-westerly winds will be especially brisk along the coast, with top temperatures falling between 18°C in Pembrokeshire and 20°C in Wrexham. Monday evening will be largely dry and fine but turning cloudier overnight with some patchy rain arriving from the west....
News Editor, Radio Wales
Working on Good Morning Wales has got to be one of the best jobs in Welsh broadcasting. Where else would your job description read: find a host of interesting, relevant, important and intriguing stories, then tell them in the most engaging and creative way you can.
Oh and you’ve got a blank, three-hour canvas every single day with which to play around. What an opportunity.
Of course, with the opportunity come demands and responsibilities. Good Morning is a demanding programme to work on. It’s a 24 hour operation. As one programme is coming off-air, work on the next one is beginning. And...