Spring 2011 and weekend weather

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After the driest March and April since 1976 we finally had some welcome rain in May. Averaged across Wales 84.1mm (3.3 inches) fell which is slightly above the long term average of 80.7mm although some places were wetter than others.

At Capel Curig 190mm of rain (7.6 inches) was recorded but Hawarden in Flintshire only had 27mm (1.1 inches).

May was warmer than average with around 179 hours of sunshine (average 189 hours).

Spring 2011 (March, April and May) was the warmest on record in Wales with a mean temperature of 9.3 Celsius, which is 1.7 degrees above the long term average.

It was also the fourth driest spring since records began in 1910 with only 145mm of rain, 51% of average.

Over the next couple of days, there is plenty more dry and very warm weather to come thanks to high pressure. Friday is the hottest day of the week with temperatures soaring as high as 26 Celsius, 79 Fahrenheit. Sunday will turn cooler with more cloud but still some sunshine. While the outlook for next week is cooler with a few showers.

So great weather for the Wales Open Golf Tournament at the Celtic Manor in Newport and for the remainder of the Hay Festival at Hay on Wye but don't forget the suncream and high levels of grass pollen are expected as well.

Wales 1971-2000 averages: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/averages/19712000/areal/wales.html.

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