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  1. We haven't seen the last of summer yet!

    Wednesday 27 August 2014, 14:48

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    It's felt more like autumn recently with some very chilly nights for the time of year, but it looks like we haven't seen the last of summer yet.

    The remains of Hurricane Cristobal will move towards Iceland on Sunday and this will pull the jet stream northwards allowing high pressure and warmer air to move across the UK during the first week of September.

    How warm it actually gets will depend on exactly where the high pressure ends up and the wind direction.

    A south-easterly wind would bring warm air off the near continent and this would send afternoon temperatures soaring into the low to mid 20s Celsius. 

    So the school holidays may be coming to an end but don't put the paddling pool away just yet.

    Summer looks set to make a comeback next month!

  2. Time for a new hairdo

    Thursday 21 August 2014, 08:09

    Laura Sinnerton Laura Sinnerton

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    Laura Sinnerton, viola player for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, explains the process of getting a bow rehaired.

    There are some things in life that are just a given. For example, there will always be a million toffee pennies left at the bottom of a box of Quality Street, and zero strawberry creams, or as soon as you upgrade your phone, the company will release a brand spanking new, shinier model that makes you coffee in the morning.

    Laura Sinnerton with her viola. Photo: James McLaren Laura Sinnerton with her viola. Photo: James McLaren

    Equally, it is a given that just when you have precisely zero time in your diary, your bow will become seriously challenged in the hair department, requiring an immediate rehair. And so it is that I find myself, on my single day off, ensconced in an overheated train carriage en route to London to visit my preferred luthier (a gentleman/lady who looks after the maintenance of string instruments and bows).

    A bow is a very personal thing. Each is uniquely weighted and balanced. They are incredible pieces of workmanship, consisting primarily of a wooden stick, the ‘frog’ which is the bit at the bottom near where your hand goes, the tip or point which is at the opposite end of the bow, and horse...

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  3. Fine weather and sunshine on Saturday

    Wednesday 20 August 2014, 15:02

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    Last night was unusually chilly for August, especially inland. In Bala, Gwynedd the temperature dropped below 3°C.

    Ten degrees celsius would be a more typical overnight low at this time of year.

    High on the moors just outside Bala. Photo: Darren Turner High on the moors just outside Bala. Photo: Darren Turner

    The air over us has come from the Arctic but out of the wind and in the sunshine it feels pleasant; Mumbles in Swansea was the warmest place in Wales yesterday with a high of 17.7°C. 

    Over the next few days it's going to stay on the cool side with daytime maximum temperatures in the range 14 to 17°C.

    Saturday night into Sunday will turn very chilly with light winds and a clear sky; in the countryside and rural areas it may be cold enough for a ground frost! 

    The annual Denbigh and Flint Show is taking place tomorrow and most of the day should stay dry.

    The breeze will be picking-up with a high of 14 or 15°C. Over the bank holiday weekend there will be some fine weather and sunshine on Saturday and just a few showers here and there.

    Most of Sunday should be dry and bright thanks to a ridge of high pressure but this will move away with thickening cloud and rain expected during the evening.

    At the moment, Monday looks very unsettled...

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  4. The spectacular beauty of Ramsey Island

    Wednesday 20 August 2014, 13:32

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

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    Pembrokeshire is often called the County of Castles. It might also be known as the County of Islands, as some of the most beautiful, remote and fascinating of all Welsh islands can be found lying along its rocky coast.

    Quite apart from the five main islands – Caldey, Skomer, Skokholm, Grassholm and Ramsey – there are also dozens of little islets and rocks, some of which have been inhabited over the years, dotting the coastline.

    However, there can be little doubt that Ramsey, which sits less than a mile out to sea from St David's peninsula, is the most beautiful of them all. It is also one of...

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  5. Staying on the cool side for the next few days

    Monday 18 August 2014, 14:59

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    I spent most of the weekend in Powys and did a lovely walk in the Elan Valley near Rhayader. I also visited Powis Castle near Welshpool.

    Powis Castle Powis Castle

    The weather on Saturday was ideal for walking but it was very mixed yesterday with rain clearing to sunshine and showers and a cool breeze. 

    Over the next few days, it’s going to stay on the cool side with northwesterly winds bringing cool air to our shores from the Arctic.

    The air will be unstable which means showers at times; some heavy showers likely with hail and thunder in places.

    Having said that, there will also be some dry, sunny...

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  6. The stars are out (the real ones and the fake ones)

    Monday 18 August 2014, 14:02

    Steve Austins Steve Austins Editor, BBC Radio Wales

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    There are some big names on the station this week – mainly in the afternoons. Andy Bell and Vince Clarke join Eleri on Thursday to talk about Erasure's new album and tour. Michael Palin joins Wynne on Friday's Big Welsh Weekend.

    Meanwhile, Tom Jones is on Tuesday afternoon to talk about a huge music festival in Aberystwyth featuring him, Blondie, Katy Perry, The Doors and Oasis. Ok, ok, it's a tribute act festival, but it should be fun nonetheless!

    Matthew Rhys Matthew Rhys

    Talking of big stars – legendary Welsh goalie Neville Southall is the subject of this weekend's Jacko's Sporting Almanac (Saturday...

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  7. The story of Professor Hermanne Ethé and the Aberystwyth 1914 riot

    Monday 18 August 2014, 09:13

    Lester Mason Lester Mason

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    ermann Ethe was a German Professor of German and Oriental Languages at Aberystwyth University. Following the outbreak of war, his continuing presence in the town sparked a series of disturbances that targeted him and his wife. 
    Local newspaper accounts at the time confirm the naked hostility many people in Aberystwyth felt towards their foe, as, on the 14 and 15 October 1914, a mob numbering upwards of 3,000,  paraded through the town, Union Jack to the fore, seeking out German nationals. 
    The crowd confronted Mrs Ethe at her home in Caradoc Road, causing damage to the property. They also assaulted...

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  8. Off the rails: August's topsy-turvy weather

    Friday 15 August 2014, 15:06

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    It's fair to say the weather's gone off the rails this month since the arrival of ex-hurricane Bertha last weekend.

    Yesterday RAF Valley on Anglesey enjoyed 11 hours of sunshine but mid and south Wales were hit by torrential downpours and a few thunderstorms.

    Swyddfynnon in Ceredigion was the wettest place in the UK yesterday with 47mm, nearly two inches of rain. There was flash flooding in Cardiff, hail in places and even one or two funnel clouds!

    Hail and flooding in Radyr, Cardiff by Rhiannon Michael Hail and flooding in Radyr, Cardiff by Rhiannon Michael

    As is always the case, it's the position of the jet stream, high in the atmosphere around...

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  9. Football on Radio Wales: A tricky balance of rights, geography and soldering irons

    Thursday 14 August 2014, 10:18

    Steve Austins Steve Austins Editor, BBC Radio Wales

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    So this weekend Swansea kick off their fourth Premier League season away to Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United. For those of you, like me, who were brought up on Welsh football in the 80s and 90s, it’s unbelievable that this has become normality for us now. 

    Thankfully, the Swans’ opening game – in fact the opening game for the whole Premier League season – will be live on BBC Radio Wales, across the whole of Wales. 

    Swansea City's Wilfried Bony celebrates scoring a goal with Marvin Emnes. Picture: AFP/Getty Images Swansea City's Wilfried Bony celebrates with Marvin Emnes. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

    As many of you know, that’s not always the case. And as the season gets into...

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  10. Halos, double rainbows, supermoons and meteors

    Wednesday 13 August 2014, 15:23

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    Ifan Griffiths sent this wonderful picture of a ring or halo around the sun.

    Halo around the sun by Ifan Griffiths Halo around the sun by Ifan Griffiths.

    To see a halo you need cirrus clouds high in the atmosphere. 

    There is an old saying; "A ring around the sun or moon, means rain or snow coming soon."

    There’s some truth in this, because cirrus clouds are often a sign of an approaching storm or warm front.

    However, cirrus clouds not associated with a front can also produce a halo and in these cases there may not be any precipitation.

    The showery weather this week has also been ideal for rainbows and even double rainbows....

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