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  1. Super spring sizzler

    Friday 23 March 2012, 15:21

    Today is a special day - it's World Meteorological Day and the anniversary of the World Meteorological Organisation's formation on 23 March 23, 1950.

    Each year, on 23 March, the WMO celebrate around a chosen theme.This year, the theme is "Powering our future with weather, climate and water"


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  2. Polar bears finally see the light

    Tuesday 20 March 2012, 15:35

    Today is the spring equinox when the sun is directly overhead the equator. Day and night are almost the same length, twelve hours all over the world and some people take today as the "official" start of spring.

    At the North Pole, the polar bears are celebrating the first appearance of the sun in six...

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  3. Anti-cyclonic gloom

    Thursday 15 March 2012, 14:54

    The weather's been quiet and settled this week with high pressure over us but it has brought a mixture of weather - from glorious sunshine to low cloud, mist, fog and even drizzle, which meteorologists call anti-cyclonic gloom!

    The best of the sunshine and the highest temperatures have been on the...

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  4. Above the fog

    Thursday 15 March 2012, 09:24

    More fog and mist today but in parts of Wales where the sun has poked through there have been some stunning vistas thsi week. Here are a few interesting photos from this week:

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  5. Dry and settled weather

    Monday 12 March 2012, 16:19

    Well it was very much a case of mixed fortunes over the weekend. Most of Wales enjoyed turned out sunny yesterday with temperatures in Usk soaring as high as 17.7 Celsius on Saturday.

    However, some places stayed grey, cool and misty with fog patches on the coast and at Mumbles Head the temperatures...

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  6. Temperatures rising this week

    Tuesday 6 March 2012, 14:47

    Derek Brockway is away at the moment so here's the latest weather update from Behnaz Akhgar:

    I don't know about you but this weather is certainly confusing. One minute it's cold and frosty and the next, above average temperatures.

    I've recently had a few...

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  7. Warmest place in UK

    Friday 2 March 2012, 09:22

    It was a dry St. David's day across much of Wales yesterday although it wasn't sunny everywhere and like today, many places woke up to fog making for some tricky driving conditions during rush hour.

    The air over us currently has come from the tropics and yesterday Cardiff was the warmest place in Britain...

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  8. A mild end to February

    Monday 27 February 2012, 15:28

    We were blessed with some lovely weather over the weekend with plenty of sunshine and spring-like temperatures. Yesterday St. Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan recorded nearly 9 hours of sunshine!

    While in Hawarden, Flintshire the temperature exceeded 13 Celsius, which is more like April than February...

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  9. An unseasonable February

    Thursday 23 February 2012, 15:38

    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...

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  10. Weather this week

    Monday 20 February 2012, 15:47

    Winter returned to Wales over the weekend with Arctic winds bring a mixture of sunshine, frost and a few showers. There was a light covering of snow in places too.

    Tomos Hughes sent in this picture taken at Llyn Brenig near Cerrigydrudion in Conwy...

    ...While Val...

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  11. A chilly weekend ahead

    Friday 17 February 2012, 13:21

    It's been quite mild recently with westerly winds but there is a change on the way over the weekend. An active cold front will move south across Wales tomorrow bringing a spell of heavy rain and gusty winds followed by colder air from the Arctic.

    The rain may turn to snow on the mountains in the north...

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  12. Half term weather

    Monday 13 February 2012, 14:08

    Last week we were shivering with cold easterly winds from Russia but this week it's a different story.

    High pressure over the Atlantic means north-westerly winds for the UK so it's going to be milder than recently with temperatures staying above freezing.

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  13. Wintry mix over the next 24 hours

    Thursday 9 February 2012, 16:16

    The gritters in Wales are gearing up for a busy time. There's no snow at the moment but some is expected by morning and we're in for a wintry mix of weather over the next 24 hours with rain, snow and some freezing rain too.

    Freezing rain is where rain falls onto frozen ground, turning roads and pavements...

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  14. Another widespread frost and more snow

    Wednesday 8 February 2012, 16:39

    Last night temperatures fell as low as minus 8 Celsius near Presteigne in Powys but despite the cold it has been dry today with most of Wales enjoying some sunshine apart from the far south east and Monmouthshire.

    It was also good flying weather today. Hywel Meredydd Davies took this picture from the...

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  15. There's snow escape

    Monday 6 February 2012, 15:05

    Wales escaped the worst of the snow on Saturday. There was some snow although not everywhere, leaving some people disappointed.

    Most of the snow that did fall has now melted after a spell of rain and a rise in temperature.

    Temperatures this afternoon across Wales are in the range 4 to 8 Celsius which...

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  16. A bright start to February

    Thursday 2 February 2012, 10:24

    What a beautiful start to February with two very cold, but dry and bright days . The whole country enjoying lots of sunshine with top temperatures between -1 and + 4 Celsius

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  17. Icy winds blowing in from Russia

    Monday 30 January 2012, 16:03

    Much of Wales has had a wintry mixture of rain, sleet and snow over the last 24 hours, with most of the snow falling on higher ground.

    I'm not expecting much (if any) more snow over the next few days, but the thermals will definitely come in handy as this week it's going to be one of the coldest so...

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  18. Cold and clear weather ahead

    Friday 27 January 2012, 15:20

    Yesterday was more like winter should be with sleet and snow in some parts of the country. Most of the snow fell in the Heads of the Valleys area during a heavy downpour yesterday afternoon.

    Near Dowlais in Merthyr Tydfil about an inch of snow fell and this caused delays for drivers travelling along...

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  19. St. Dwynwen's Day

    Wednesday 25 January 2012, 16:10

    Today is a special day - St. Dwynwen's Day.

    Dwynwen for those of you who don't know, is the patron saint of Welsh lovers.

    The weather today hasn't been great for a romantic stroll. Some places have been dry with a little sunshine on north coast and mild with temperatures in Flintshire up to 12 Celsius...

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  20. Amazing cloud formation: Kelvin Helmholtz

    Tuesday 24 January 2012, 10:41

    Will Lewis from Glasbury, Powys sent in this amazing picture, taken on 14 January 2012 over looking Llangors in Powys. This is a photo of Kelvin Helmholtz billows:

    View over Llangors with the Brecon Beacons behind. Image by Will Lewis, Powys.

    The fog or stratus is colder and denser than the overlying air, so the two don't normally mix.

    However, if the wind is strong enough...

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