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  1. Another beautiful day in Wales

    Tuesday 13 April 2010, 20:47

    It's been another beautiful day in Wales with bright skies and sunshine and a large range in temperatures too.

    At Hawarden in Flintshire the day started with a slight frost this morning but by the middle of this afternoon the temperature had rocketed to 14 Celsius.

    That's typical for this time of...

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  2. Heating up for the Grand National

    Friday 9 April 2010, 16:21

    The cricket season has got off to a fine start this year and there's plenty more fine weather to come over the weekend too, thanks to a ridge of high pressure.

    If you're heading out, it might be an idea to take a hat because the sun is as strong now as it is in late August.

    The nights will turn chilly...

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  3. High pressure and sunny skies

    Thursday 8 April 2010, 16:43

    High pressure is working its magic across Wales today. Ideal weather for a walk in the Brecon Beacons. Clear, blue skies and excellent visibility.

    Mind you it was a cold start this morning with a frost on the ground. Temperatures at Tirabad in Powys fell close to freezing and then rose to a very pleasant...

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  4. A month of two halves

    Wednesday 7 April 2010, 17:37

    Looking back, March 2010 was a 'month of two halves'. The first half was cold and very dry with some sharp frosts.

    At Capel Curig in Conwy, the temperature dropped to - 8 Celsius on 8 March but by day there was plenty of sunshine.

    However, during the second half of the month - the weather turned milder...

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  5. High pressure coming our way

    Tuesday 6 April 2010, 18:34

    Well, I hope you had a good break over the Easter holiday weekend. I spent a few days in Ceredigion and despite being full up with a cold managed to do a few walks.

    I was lucky with the weather too. There were a few showers on Good Friday when I walked from Cwmtydu to New Quay, even the odd rainbow...

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  6. Easter weekend weather

    Wednesday 31 March 2010, 16:26

    Winter returned to Wales today with heavy rain, snow and gale force winds buffeting the country. North Wales was worst hit with some roads and schools closed. Parts of the coast including Llainfairfechan, were also flooded.

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  7. Unsettled end for March

    Monday 29 March 2010, 14:42

    There is an old saying, 'If March comes in like a lamb it goes out like a lion or if March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb'..


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  8. Weekend weather forecast

    Friday 26 February 2010, 15:52

    The forecast hasn't quite gone according to plan today with rain on the North Wales coast and in North East Wales.

    The rain will slowly ease and move away this afternoon with a few showers following. Further south and west - drier and brighter with some sunshine and a scattering of showers.

    Top temperatures...

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  9. Spring has sprung a leak

    Wednesday 24 March 2010, 14:23

    Well it's turned milder recently, the daffodils are blooming, but after a very dry start spring has sprung a leak!

    The gardens and allotments have all had a good watering and there is more rain on the way this week but with winds blowing from the south, temperatures will be above average in most places...

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  10. The Spring Equinox begins

    Friday 19 March 2010, 13:13

    Yesterday, Hawarden in Flintshire was the warmest place in Wales. The temperature reaching a high of 16 Celsius, 61 Fahrenheit. Six degrees above the March average!

    The wettest place yesterday was Capel Curig in Snowdonia with 13.4mm of rain. The most rain we've had so far this month...

    I had hoped...

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  11. Cheltenham Festival weather update

    Wednesday 17 March 2010, 16:33

    We've seen a change in the weather today with moist south-westerly winds bringing milder and moister air in from the Atlantic.

    And for most of Wales it's been the warmest day of the year so far today. At Hawarden in Flintshire the temperatures rose to 15 Celsius on a par with Rome, Ibiza and Santorini...

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  12. Marching into the record books

    Tuesday 16 March 2010, 14:57

    Last winter may have been cold but it was also drier than normal.

    In Wales only 324.2mm of rain fell during December, January and February (the long term average is 445.9mm) although we had plenty of snow!

    This month has been very dry so far with numerous grass fires across the country:


    During the first...

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  13. Always pack your thermals

    Monday 15 March 2010, 15:31

    On Saturday, I took advantage of the dry weather and went for a walk on the Black Mountain in Carmarthenshire.

    When I left home it was fine and sunny but I was glad I packed my thermals as on the mountain top it was freezing cold with a brisk wind, hill fog and old patches of snow on the ground!

    Picws...

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  14. Wales versus Ireland, weather forecast

    Friday 12 March 2010, 16:01

    We've enjoyed plenty of fine weather this week with plenty of sunshine and some cold nights - thanks to high pressure.

    On 8 March, temperatures at Hawarden in Flintshire and in Snowdonia dropped to -8 Celsius whilst on the following day, Aberporth in Ceredigion was the sunniest place in Britain with...

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  15. Two seasons in one day

    Thursday 11 March 2010, 14:19

    Yesterday I mentioned that it would be a nice morning for a walk in Llandudno and sure enough - it was.

    Gareth Pritchard climbed the Little Orme and took this lovely photograph of Llandudno Bay and the Great Orme:

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    Lots of sunshine there with temperatures reaching a pleasant 9 Celsius.

    Spring has...

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  16. Sun dog millionaire

    Wednesday 10 March 2010, 09:15

    A sun dog or sundog (scientific name parhelion, from the Greek parēlion - meaning 'beside the sun'; also called a mock sun) is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.

    Halos around the Sun are formed by light...

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  17. Met Office scrap seasonal forecasts

    Tuesday 9 March 2010, 13:34

    You may know that the Met Office has decided to scrap its UK seasonal forecasts. I can't say I blame them and personally I think it's the right decision.

    I have enough on my plate trying to get the next few days right, and when a forecast does go pear shaped, it is me who has to pick up the pieces and...

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  18. A frosty reception

    Monday 8 March 2010, 16:52

    I've just returned from a week's skiing in the Alps and thankfully have no broken bones despite a few near misses with the local snowboarders!

    On the way out, our plane was diverted from Chambery to Lyon because of gale force winds. The landing was a bit bumpy and everyone cheered when the plane eventually...

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  19. Weather outlook for the next few days

    Thursday 4 March 2010, 11:08

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    Well, it's been a cold and frosty start for some of us today but it will turn brighter throughout the day.

    The early mist and frost soon clears (a cloudier picture further south) but it will be another largely dry, day.

    Sunny spells in the north will become widespread so a brighter afternoon for all of...

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  20. Latest weather for Wales

    Wednesday 3 March 2010, 15:46

    I'm away skiiing in the Alps currently, so Sue Charles has kindly agreed to step in and keep you up to date with the weather:

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    Well, after a sunny start to March it's turned much cloudier and cooler than we've had over the last few days.

    This afternoon will be cloudy with only brief bright spells...

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