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  1. Derek's steaming!

    Friday 6 August 2010, 09:30

    It's full steam ahead at the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale! On Wednesday I had a ride on a steam engine from the Blaenavon Heritage Railway. They have laid a special track, 200 feet long, behind the Science and Technology pavilion! Of course, steams engines used to help run the old steelworks on...

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  2. Weather on the Maes - Thursday and Friday

    Wednesday 4 August 2010, 16:23

    The weather hasn't been the best today at the National Eisteddfod with a few blustery showers but tomorrow will be better so you could always visit the beach. Yes there is a beach right on the Maes here in Ebbw Vale!

    I popped along there earlier to check it out. You can build sandcastles, play volleyball...

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  3. Weather on the Maes

    Tuesday 3 August 2010, 16:13

    I'm in Blaenau Gwent this week working at the National Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale. Yesterday was dry on the Maes with some sunshine but it's a different story today with light rain and drizzle or 'glaw man' in Welsh.

    Mind you, as I write this, the sun has started to break through the clouds with a much...

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  4. Weekend weather (30 July 2010)

    Friday 30 July 2010, 16:21

    After six months of below-average rainfall, this month has bucked the trend. Some places have had a good soaking with localised flooding.

    Across Wales as a whole, 142.8mm of rain has fallen up until 27 July (5.6 inches) - well above the average of 78.4mm (3.09 inches). Mind you, there has been a big...

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  5. Mid week weather update

    Wednesday 28 July 2010, 15:53

    behnaz_akhgar.jpgDerek is off today but BBC Wales weather presenter - Behnaz Akhgar has stepped in to provide a quick forecast for the rest of the week and into the weekend.

    Tuesday: A mixture of clouds and sunshine for the rest of the day. There will be a few showers, but they will be light and scattered, with some...

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  6. Flying axes

    Thursday 22 July 2010, 17:19

    Well it's the last day of the Royal Welsh Show and this week has really flown by. Apart from Tuesday, which was wet, the weather has been very kind to us.

    In fact Llanewedd has been very lucky as other parts of Wales have been hit by heavy downpours and floods.

    Earlier on today I did my lunchtime weather...

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  7. It's all up in the air

    Wednesday 21 July 2010, 18:15

    Yesterday many parts of Wales had a good soaking with some flooding. Geraint Edwards who runs a weather station at Llanarman Dyffryn Ceiriog near Llangollen recorded 46 mm of rain (nearly 2 inches) in 24 hours and so it's not surprising the river Wye at Builth Wells is the highest it's been for months...

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  8. Dancing diggers

    Tuesday 20 July 2010, 13:59

    The Royal Welsh Show isn't all about pigs, sheep and cattle although there's a fair bit of that too!

    There are plenty of other things here to keep you entertained, such as the JCB Dancing Diggers which I saw yesterday, strutting their stuff in the main ring.

    They've been described on the RWS website as...

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  9. A bright start to the Royal Welsh Show

    Monday 19 July 2010, 16:57

    After last week's heavy rain and gale force winds, the sun has been shining for the start of the Royal Welsh Show today.

    I'm up here all week and with temperatures rising as high as 22 Celsius, some people are already donning their shorts, T-shirts and flip flops.

    Unfortunately, it's not going to stay...

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  10. Weekend weather (17 July 2010)

    Friday 16 July 2010, 16:07

    It goes without saying we've seen a big change in the weather recently. In fact it's been more like autumn than summer with strong to severe gale force winds last night.

    tree_over_mike_davies.jpg
    Here's a picture by Mike Davies of a fallen tree in Cadoxton

    The wind reached storm force 10 in northwest Wales with a gust of...

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  11. The heat is on

    Friday 9 July 2010, 14:53

    It's very hot across most of Europe at the moment and the hot air is moving north into England, especially the south east including London and East Anglia.

    Temperatures there will soar as high as 30 to 32 Celsius tomorrow, 86 to 90 Fahrenheit and the Met Office has issued a heat-health warning.

    So...

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  12. Derek opens new weather station

    Thursday 8 July 2010, 15:29

    Last Friday I visited Gavin & Stacey land - Barry Island.

    But there was no sign of Nessa or Uncle Bryn when I popped in to Barry Island Primary School. I'd been invited along, to officially open their new hi-tech weather station.

    The staff, pupils and parents have worked really hard to raise over ...

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  13. Summer of '76

    Friday 2 July 2010, 15:48

    The last six months in Wales have been the driest since 1976 so last night's rain was very welcome for farmers and gardeners alike.

    Capel Curig in Snowdonia was one of the wettest places with 26mm of rain - just over an inch.

    As for the weekend, Saturday looks the best day...

    Some sunshine with most...

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  14. Weekend weather promises plenty of sunshine

    Thursday 24 June 2010, 12:25

    Last Monday was the summer solstice - the sun overhead the tropic of Cancer - the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and some people take this day as the start of summer.

    We've enjoyed plenty of sunshine this month with rainfall well below average. Over the weekend, there's more fine...

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  15. Clear skies for the weekend

    Friday 18 June 2010, 15:08

    2010 has had a dry start so far and the five month period from January to May has been the driest in Wales since 1964 with only 14.4 inches of rain.

    June has been a dry month too (so far) with below average rainfall - just 1.3 inches so gardens everywhere are beginning feel it.

    A cold front is moving...

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  16. Early summer weather patterns

    Wednesday 16 June 2010, 12:10

    We've had more than our fair share of north-east winds so far this year which led to a cold winter in Wales followed by a dry spring with rainfall below the long term average.

    During the spring and early summer north-easterly winds are fairly common in this part of the world. The jet stream weakens...

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  17. Conquering the Welsh Matterhorn

    Monday 14 June 2010, 10:20

    Last week, I was away filming for a new series of Weatherman Walking.

    We did two fantastic walks - the first on the Llyn Peninsula and the other up the Welsh Matterhorn - Cnicht.

    The walk on the Llyn Peninsula took in the summits of Tre'r Ceiri meaning 'town of giants' and Yr Eifl.

    Remains of the...

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  18. Plan your BBQ for Saturday

    Friday 4 June 2010, 16:38

    We've all enjoyed some lovely weather this week with plenty of sunshine and temperatures rising as high as 25 Celsius this afternoon but will it last over the weekend?

    Well, I can promise more fine and warm weather but there's a change on the way and not everywhere will stay dry.

    If you're planning...

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  19. Make Hay while the sun shines

    Wednesday 2 June 2010, 16:29

    Yesterday Aberdaron on the Lleyn Peninsula was the wettest place in Britain with 20.6mm of rain (just under an inch) but that's the last significant rain we'll going to have in Wales for a while.

    The next few days are looking generally dry thanks to high pressure from the Azores. This will bring increasing...

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  20. Bank Holiday weekend weather for Wales

    Friday 28 May 2010, 16:38

    Well another bank holiday weekend is upon us and, as is often the case, there is some rain in the forecast!

    Of course, we do need the rain given it's been a dry spring, but I can promise some dry weather and some sunshine as well, although if you're planning a trip to the beach it's not going to be...

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