Wales

Last month, as well as being wet, was also colder than average. April has been colder than March in the past but not by as much as 1.4 degrees since records began in 1910.

It was a bit chilly over the weekend - in fact Christmas Day last year was warmer than last Saturday!

But despite the chill in the air, plenty of people turned-up for the official opening of the Wales Coast Path with special events taking place in Aberystwyth, Flint Castle and Cardiff Bay.

I had a great time in Aberystwyth and then went onto Tregaron where the 2nd Bro Tregaron Walking Weekend was in full swing.

On Sunday I did a walk to Llanddewi Brefi and wasn't the only walker in the village - there were over 300 walkers from various parts of the UK.

There was also a "Super Moon" over the weekend which was 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons this year.

If you missed it, there is another chance in four weeks time during the next full Moon on 4 June. This full Moon will only be about 1000 miles farther away from us and less than 1% smaller than the Super Moon on 5 May.

Think you can notice the difference? We'll have to wait until 4 June and hope for a clear sky...

Weather-wise, we enjoyed a break from the rain yesterday but there is more wet weather on the way today and on Thursday and the Met Office has issued another warning of heavy rain.

Later in the week, the weather is set to improve. Friday will be drier and brighter with a few showers and a cool north-westerly breeze. At the moment, the weather looks quite promising for the weekend.

Saturday the best day thanks to a ridge of high pressure; not that warm but dry with sunny spells and lighter winds. Sunday should be dry too but cloudier and breezier with more rain expected next Monday.

Longer term, there is no sign of any prolonged, settled weather on the horizon but there is hint that the third week of May could bring us something warmer with higher temperatures.

Lets hope so, mind you I will believe it when it happens and in the meantime keep the umbrella handy!

Derek

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