What a difference a week can make

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Last Tuesday we were shivering with snow and ice but yesterday Hawarden in Flintshire nearly reached 15 Celsius, 59 Fahrenheit, 8 degrees above average and the warmest day since November!

Yesterday was very mild with air from the Tropics but it was also very moist and wet.

50 to 70mm, 2 to 3 inches, of rain fell on the high ground in Wales and Crai reservoir in the Brecon Beacons one of the wettest places.

Many rivers remain swollen today with one flood warning in force and several flood alerts.

Thankfully today has been much drier and brighter apart from a few showers but very windy.

The strongest winds and gales have been in the north and northwest with gusts between 60 and 70mph. Capel Curig in Snowdonia recorded a gust of 74mph at 2pm.

The winds will ease this evening but after midnight they will increase again with a front crossing Wales bringing a short spell of very heavy rain.

The rain will last for about two hours and there is also a risk of hail and thunder.

Tomorrow will be another windy day with a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers.

There is some uncertainty about Friday depending on the track of an area of low pressure moving in from the Atlantic.

At the moment, Friday looks wet and windy with further heavy rain and a risk of more flooding.

There is also a risk of gales and severe gales on Friday and some snow is possible too.

Snow will mainly be on ground above 1000 feet but the rain may turn to snow at lower levels before it clears.

Saturday will be cold and windy. A few hail, sleet and snow showers are likely in the north and west on Irish Sea coasts otherwise it will be dry and bright with sunshine.

Highs of 5 Celsius in Cardiff for the rugby so the thermals will come in handy!

On Sunday, though, it’s all change again. Turning milder with westerly winds bringing yet more rain!

Derek

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