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  1. Low pressure brings a cooler and wetter spell of weather

    Thursday 31 July 2014, 16:19

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    The last eight months, December to July, have been warmer than average but it's all change for the start of August.

    Low pressure is heading our way bringing a cooler and wetter spell of weather; some heavy rain and showers, especially in north and west Wales with a Met Office warning in force on Saturday. 

    Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain. On Saturday the north will be wet but the rain should gradually ease. Further south, it should be drier and brighter with a few showers. 

    Sunday promises to be a better day overall. Any showers in the north will clear, otherwise there will be sunny spells and it will be dry apart from the odd light shower; temperatures 17 to 20°C with a westerly breeze.

    Weather chart for 2 August 2014 Weather chart for 2 August 2014

    So not great weather if you're on holiday but some welcome rain for the gardens, allotments and crops over the next couple of days or so.

    Sunday is likely to be the best day of the weekend with some sunshine.

    Next week, sunny spells and a few showers; warmest in the south and east with above average temperatures. During Wednesday it looks like a front will move slowly east bringing some rain.

  2. All change! Wet and unsettled weather on the way

    Wednesday 30 July 2014, 15:03

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    This summer so far has been a little bit mixed. We've had some rain, heavy showers and a few thunderstorms but we've also had a fair amount of dry weather, plenty of sunshine and some high temperatures as well - exceeding 29°C in Porthmadog. This month, like June, has been warmer and sunnier than average and it's been drier than normal too, especially in south Wales.

    Beddgelert by Alistair Corbett Beddgelert by Alistair Corbett

    But the weather pattern is about to change. The position of the jet stream is about to shift, moving further south and that means the weather will turn more unsettled for the start of August with low pressure bringing some rain and heavy showers. Temperatures will drop a little as well.

    Mwnt by Steve Maddern Mwnt by Steve Maddern

    It looks like an umbrella will come in handy at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli this weekend, but it should dry and brighten up later on Saturday. Sunday should be better with more in the way of dry weather and sunshine.

  3. Researching World War One ancestors and military items

    Wednesday 30 July 2014, 14:51

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

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    We are now just a few days away from 4 August and commemorating the centenary of the start of World War One. The date has been etched in my mind for a long time and I’ve been so busy researching and preparing for this time that I find myself looking forward to next week, while at the same time reflecting on the stories of those involved. What did they think about on 4 August 1914? Could they have had any concept that 100 years later we would commemorate the ‘Great War’?

    A lot of my research over the past 18 months has been working towards reuniting military items with the families of their original owners. Most of the items have very little financial value but each one once belonged to someone and has a story that deserves to be told.

    I’ve enjoyed many hours wandering around junk shops, car boot sales and antique stalls, rummaging for anything which has a name, a date or an address which would help me link the item to the original owner’s family. I've come across three photographs recently, which I've been looking into.

    The items vary considerably, but each one carries an impact. None more so than the photograph of the Leys School Prefects which, when I came across it at...

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  4. Dry weather continues

    Monday 28 July 2014, 15:37

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    Porthmadog in Gwynedd recorded 29°C three days in a row last week but we've seen the last of the hot and humid weather for a while. Temperatures this week will be closer to the seasonal average or above, warmest in the southeast and it will feel fresher and less humid than recently and more comfortable for sleeping at night.

    Hay bales, Burton near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Image © Mike Hillen. Hay bales, Burton near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Image © Mike Hillen.

    I know some people such as farmers and gardeners wouldn't mind a drop of rain to freshen up the parched land after the recent hot spell but I can't promise much, if any over the next few days.

    A weak front will move southeast on Tuesday bringing a little rain or drizzle to the north and west, otherwise we’re in for more dry weather. However, there are signs it will turn more unsettled later in the week, with a trough of pressure bringing some rain and heavy showers on Friday and Saturday.

    Weather chart for Friday 1 August 2014. Weather chart of forecast for Friday 1 August 2014.

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  5. A nation of dancers and fighters - and hopefully throwers and swimmers

    Monday 28 July 2014, 11:17

    Steve Austins Steve Austins Editor, BBC Radio Wales

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    As fellow BBC Wales blogger Owen Williams put it on the weekend, the Commonwealth Games has taught us that we're a nation of dancers and fighters. Having spent the weekend brushing up on my rhythmic gymnastics knowledge - and watching the Rugby Sevens with my head in my hands - I'll take that.

    Of course, the downside of all that is having Wynne Evans claiming credit for Wales' golden success. Last year he took a day to "coach" ribbon to Frankie Jones, and in the last month has "allowed" Natalie Powell to limber up by throwing him around the judo mat.

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  6. How changing cricket times cause a sticky wicket for our schedules

    Friday 25 July 2014, 13:06

    Steve Austins Steve Austins Editor, BBC Radio Wales

    One of the most exciting and yet frustrating elements of this station is that we have the remit to be the BBC radio network for Wales. Exciting because that means that you can build a rich schedule celebrating all aspects of Welsh life and culture. Frustrating because there are times when you need much more capacity to fit it all in. 

    That’s frequently where we find ourselves with sport. I know how important sport is here in Wales. I’m also more than aware how divisive it is too. Many BBC Radio Wales listeners just want sport to be something that happens on the weekend. 

    Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire - Yorkshire Bank 40 Final. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Glamorgan v...

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  7. John Frost and the Chartist march on Newport

    Friday 25 July 2014, 12:51

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

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    On 27 July 1877, John Frost - Chartist leader and the man who, more than anyone else, reflected the desire of the Welsh working classes to obtain universal manhood suffrage - died quietly at his home in Bristol. It had been a wild, troubled and often dangerous life.

    John Frost was born in the Royal Oak Inn at Newport in 1784. After the early death of both his father and mother he was brought up by his grandparents and became a draper's apprentice in Cardiff, then Bristol and London.

    He returned to Newport in 1806 where he married, had eight children and founded what soon became a successful and...

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  8. Wales isn't a 'principality' - sorry!

    Thursday 24 July 2014, 15:53

    Owen Williams Owen Williams

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    Last night's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow was a glorious rousing spectacle of Scottish sight and sound. A terrific riot of musical colour and visual flourishes.

    A 300-tonne high-definition digital screen is not a piece of technology to be toyed with, after all!

    John Barrowman at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow John Barrowman at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow

    I have to say that the opening ceremony made me horribly envious – both of John Barrowman's ability to mimic the perfect Clydeside brogue, and of the fact that Wales has yet to host the Games in the modern era. We have Tom and Shirley, for...

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  9. Producing Passing On - BBC Radio Wales' new sitcom

    Thursday 24 July 2014, 09:15

    Ben Partridge Ben Partridge

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    Pyle Industrial Estate is an industrial estate par excellence. Distinguished in the world of industrial estates, it is known the world over as a white-hot forge of small-to-medium sized enterprises, where the toil that greases the gears of 21st century capitalism coats every surface.

    It boasts more speed bumps per square mile than anywhere else on earth, and curiously, on the right when you drive in is a genuine Spitfire.

    Imagine then my great pleasure in finding myself at the industrial estate for a week back in June. Had I finally got the job of a lifetime at an air-conditioning distribution warehouse...

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  10. The hottest day of the year so far?

    Wednesday 23 July 2014, 14:25

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    It's a big day at the Royal Welsh Show today. It's Welsh Cobs day, which always draws a big crowd.

    A sheet of cloud moved over the showground yesterday afternoon but the sun is back out in force today and the temperature is soaring, reaching at least 26°C in Llanelwedd. A bit too hot for the animals and some visitors to the show but thankfully there is a pleasant breeze from the east.

    Derek with Behnaz Akhgar at the Royal Welsh Show Derek with Behnaz Akhgar at the Royal Welsh Show yesterday

    Across the rest of Wales it's a similar story; fine with plenty of sunshine this afternoon and a few clouds. It's also likely to be the hottest day of...

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