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  1. Heavy showers and thunderstorms heading our way

    Thursday 18 September 2014, 15:59

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    Porthmadog was the warmest place in Wales yesterday and today, along with Eglwyswen in Pembrokeshire, the temperature reached 25°C. Not a record for September but eight degrees above average.

    It's been a very dry month so far with only 1mm of rain. In fact it's been the driest start to September for over 50 years. 

    The average total rainfall for Wales for the whole of September is 116.6mm.

    In the next 24 hours, a few heavy showers and thunderstorms will move north into Wales and the Met Office has issued a yellow warning, but the downpours will be hit and miss.

    Some places could have an inch of rain (25.4mm) in a relatively short space of time, while a few miles down the road it could stay bone dry.

  2. Turning humid with a risk of heavy showers

    Tuesday 16 September 2014, 15:33

    Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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    August in Wales was wetter and cooler than average.

    It was the coldest August for 21 years breaking a trend since last November where every month has been warmer than normal. 

    But as soon as the school holidays ended the weather improved and so far September is making up for the disappointing August.

    High pressure has brought plenty of fine weather and sunshine, a real bonus for the farmers and their harvest, and we’ve been treated to some lovely sunsets as well.

    Newgale sunset by Sue Penberthy Newgale sunset captured by Sue Penberthy

    The nights have been chilly with some morning low cloud and mist as you’d expect at this time of year but the afternoons have been bright and warm.

    For example, Porthmadog and Eglwyswen reached 24°C today - well above the September average which is closer to 17°C. 

    Over the next few days, low pressure over the Bay of Biscay will move closer to the UK and this will drag in warmer south-easterly winds from the Mediterranean and France.

    It will also turn increasingly humid with a risk of a few heavy showers and thunderstorms, especially on Friday.

    Torrential downpours are possible but these are likely to be hit and miss which means some places will escape with next to no rain...

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  3. Born at Monmouth, one of the most famous of English kings

    Tuesday 16 September 2014, 10:08

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

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    Henry V is one of the most famous of all English kings. However, the perception of most people has been formed not by reading history books but by watching Shakespeare's plays. Henry features in three of them: two as heir apparent and, perhaps more memorably, as the friend of Sir John Falstaff and one as the actual king. 

    The second English king from the House of Lancaster, Henry succeeded to the throne in 1413. In a brief reign of just nine years he won the Battle of Agincourt and very nearly managed to bring the whole of France under his control. Had he succeeded it would have ended the Hundred Years War and the whole history of Europe would be different. 

    Arguably, like Richard the Lionheart, Henry was not a particularly good monarch or ruler of England. Most of his short reign was spent in campaigning and advancing English claims to the throne of France. Good king or not, Henry was certainly a great soldier and much of his skill in the military arts was learned in Wales, fighting against the forces of Owain Glyndŵr

    Henry was born in a tower above the gatehouse at Monmouth Castle. Indeed, for much of his short life he was actually known as Henry of Monmouth.

    Ruins of Monmouth castle Ruins of Monmouth...

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  4. All eyes on our Celtic cousins

    Monday 15 September 2014, 09:42

    Steve Austins Steve Austins Editor, BBC Radio Wales

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    Firstly, well done to Beverley and the Proms in the Park team for a fantastic night on Saturday. Swansea sounded sparkling on the radio. As it looks on the big screen in fact. Mal Pope’s film Jack to a King has been a labour of love but truly worth it. Go see it if you can.

    All roads lead to Scotland this week – both the high ones and the low ones – with Thursday’s referendum on independence. Our job in this is simple: tell the story and interpret what it will mean for Wales whether it’s a yes or a no.

    Scottish and Welsh flags Scottish and Welsh flags

    Good Morning Wales this week comes live from Wales, England...

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  5. Filming the hotel high life

    Friday 12 September 2014, 11:39

    Carrie Smith Carrie Smith

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    I've always been fascinated by the hotel. My dad lives just over the Severn Bridge so maybe it's because I've spent so many hours driving past it on the M4. 

    I've also stayed there just the once. It was on my 30th birthday five years ago, and my twin girls had been born three months early. They were still very tiny on my birthday and unable to come home from the special care baby unit in Newport.

    My mum, not knowing what gift she could possibly get me, decided that booking an overnight stay in a suite near the hospital might cheer me up. She was right and we ate in the hotel's fine dining restaurant...

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  6. Dyffryn House and Gardens

    Thursday 11 September 2014, 11:04

    Phil Carradice Phil Carradice

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    These days Dyffryn House and Gardens fall under the remit of the National Trust and thousands of visitors flock to the site every year. Being close to Cardiff but still nestling in the depths of quiet countryside, it is the ideal location for a day out. Yet it was not so long ago that the place was a private residence – albeit one with a long and fascinating history.

    Dyffryn House by Gale Jolly Dyffryn House. Photo: Gale Jolly in the BBC Wales Nature Flickr Group

    Situated just outside St Nicholas in the Vale of Glamorgan, the Dyffryn Estate dates back to the seventh century when the Manor of Worleton, which then included...

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  7. Dewi - we salute you

    Monday 8 September 2014, 10:42

    Steve Austins Steve Austins Editor, BBC Radio Wales

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    We may have ruined breakfast for thousands of people across Wales yesterday morning. For that, I can only apologise. 

    Dewi Griffiths' decision to call time on his 60-year BBC career also brings to a close one of Radio Wales' most popular and iconic strands, A String of Pearls

    A String of Pearls Dewi Griffiths

    After a notable career in sport drew to a close, Dewi started the weekly show in 1988 to cater for people, like him, who grew up listening to music from the golden age of showbusiness. 

    It has consistently been one of our top-performing programmes over the last 26 years. So, when the great man taps you...

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  8. Discovering Annie's War

    Monday 8 September 2014, 09:36

    Ian Brewer Ian Brewer

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    It all started when we had family parties back in the 1950s at my home. There was much talk about Annie during these occasions.

    Apparently my great aunt was a nurse in WW1 and, as a 10-year-old boy I was curious to know more.

    Annie Brewer with nurses in France during WW1 Annie Brewer, fifth from right in the back row, with nurses in France during WW1

    I was told that great aunt Annie had died in 1921. Postcards sent home by Annie were a regular talking point at these functions as she had travelled widely on the continent.

    Annie Elizabeth Brewer was my grandfather's sister and she was often known as Nancy. On one occasion my grandfather produced...

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  9. The industry that never sleeps

    Friday 5 September 2014, 14:37

    Glenn Lewis Glenn Lewis

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    Glenn Lewis is the director of Food and Beverage

    The arrival of the BBC Wales cameras was a bit daunting at the very beginning – to have these people come and stare at you ‘through the keyhole’ – but it turned out to be quite an exciting thing to be a part of.

    The cameras never really felt intrusive because, in this job, you feel as though you are on stage all the time ‘performing’ to the public. You get used to being watched and you have to deal with the public in lots of different ways, which gives you confidence to go out and be observed.

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    Glenn Lewis ensures everything is perfect...

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  10. A Mercantile Marine Medal mystery

    Friday 5 September 2014, 12:07

    Cat Whiteaway Cat Whiteaway

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    In my spare time when I am not reuniting people I love to try and solve a riddle - and I'm not talking about Sudoko. This year it seemed obvious to me that the most poignant riddles waiting to be solved are those which involve WW1 medals.

    Last autumn I bought a pair of medals from Louis Bannon's military memorabilia shop in Cardiff, along with a British War Medal, Silver War Badge and two postcards, all from World War One and all for £100.

    The pair consisted of a Mercantile Marine Medal and British War Medal with their ribbons still attached, safely stored in plastic pouches.

    All the medals awarded...

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