Friday 13th unlucky weather for Wales

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Its Friday 13th and we're going to be very unlucky with the weather this year.

It looks like we'll need to batten down the hatches over the next 36 hours...

The satellite picture shows a mass of cloud pumping in from the Atlantic into Southern Britain and it's heading our way. It's all tied to a deepening area of low pressure.

The storm is expected to move North Eastwards across Ireland and Scotland later tonight and tomorrow, bringing plenty of heavy rain and strong to severe, gale force winds.

The Met Office has a weather watch in force for the stormy weather:

Expected rainfall totals, typically 20-30 mm, over 40 mm in South Wales with 50-75 mm (2 to 3 inches) in parts of the Brecon Beacons.

On top of saturated ground there is potential for localised flooding.

Check the Environment Agency's website for details of flood watches and flood warnings.

Hopefully you won't need it, but the flood line number just in case is 0845 988 1188.

If you're travelling to Cardiff for the Wales v Samoa match this evening then drive carefully.

The roof of the stadium will be closed but allow extra time for your journey because there will be lots of surface water and spray on the roads.

Today: It will be turning wet across Wales this afternoon and into this evening. The wind will be picking up, becoming fresh to strong with gales developing on exposed Southern and Western coasts with 60 mph gusts.

Saturday:The rain will turn more showery after midnight followed by a very blustery day tomorrow with rain and squally showers.

The wind will be a big feature with strong to severe gale force winds. Gusts will typically be 50 to 70 mph with 80 mph possible on exposed coasts e.g. Mumbles Head and certainly strong enough to bring down the odd tree.

However, it will turn drier and less windy later in the afternoon with more in the way of sunshine.

Sunday: Will be less windy but still breezy with fresh to strong South Westerly winds bringing us a mixture of sunshine and scattered heavy showers.

Monday: More wet and windy weather followed by blustery showers.

Have a good weekend and stay safe.

Derek

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