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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

    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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  5. 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.


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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Tornado for Pembrokeshire?

    Friday 28 May 2010, 16:30

    A few people have been in touch to say that a tornado struck Neyland in Pembrokeshire last night, Thursday 27 May.

    At around 9.40pm a loud roar was heard and a rush of wind in the Wood Lane/Honeyborough Grove areas of the town.

    Mrs Dawn Delahaye says "the sky went very dark. There was heavy rain,...

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  16. Tree pollen and hay fever

    Wednesday 26 May 2010, 17:08

    Has your car been covered in a yellow dust recently?

    It's nothing to do with the volcano on Iceland, which has stopped erupting for the time being.

    It is more likely to be tree pollen.

    I contacted the Woodland Trust today and was told that pollen from wind pollinated trees can travel very long distances...

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  17. Snowballs in Snowdonia!

    Tuesday 25 May 2010, 17:06

    Last weekend was the hottest of the year so far with temperatures soaring to 27 Celsius, 81 Fahrenheit in a few places such as Trawscoed in Ceredigion.

    Mind you, despite the heat there was still a few patches of snow on the mountains in Snowdonia as the members of Prestayn Rambling Club found out. Instead...

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  18. Super spring sizzler

    Thursday 20 May 2010, 18:23

    It's amazing what a change of wind direction can do. The other week the wind was from the north and we were shivering with below average temperatures and some frost. Now the wind has turned into the south bringing much warmer and moister air from the tropics. Over the next few days, temperatures will...

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  19. Beach weather coming

    Tuesday 18 May 2010, 16:57

    The first half of May was pretty chilly with the odd frost but warm air from the tropics is heading our way.

    Tomorrow and Thursday will be mostly cloudy and damp with mist, hill fog and drizzle but it looks like we're in for a taste of summer on Friday and over the weekend!

    High pressure will bring...

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  20. Weekend weather and walking

    Friday 14 May 2010, 15:10

    If you've got any plans for the weekend, Saturday looks the best day for a picnic, trip to the coast or a walk in the hills.

    Any mist first thing on Saturday morning will clear, leaving a dry day with sunny spells. And after a chilly start with a local ground frost it will feel a little warmer than...

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