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Six Nations weekend weather

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It's been a topsy turvy week weather-wise, often windy with strong to severe gale force winds, spells of heavy rain and showers, hail and thunder with some sunshine in between.

Looking ahead, it is going to turn colder into the weekend with winds from the Arctic bringing a drop in temperature.

Tonight heavy showers over the Irish Sea will affect parts of the north and more especially western counties; Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and south Ceredigion, with a risk of hail and thunder. Elsewhere it will be dry with a slight frost.

Tomorrow will be a nice day with rising air pressure. A few showers are likely in Pembrokeshire in the morning but these will clear.

Otherwise it will be fine and bright with plenty of sunshine. The sunshine will turn hazy by the afternoon with high cirrus clouds invading the sky. Feeling cold with top temperatures around 6 Celsius but the north to north-westerly breeze will ease through the day.

The air will be crystal clear tomorrow having come from the Arctic, so if you're heading into the hills and mountains visibility will be excellent and you'll see for miles.

If you're in Cardiff for the rugby tomorrow, the weather will be perfect - cold but dry and sunny with a high of 6 or 7C, 45 Fahrenheit.

BBC Radio Wales are backing the boys and would like to know how you are getting ready for the Six Nations rugby tournament. Check out the Facebook page and send in your pictures and messages.

Tomorrow evening will be dry with a slight frost but it will cloud over with rising temperatures and rain arriving after midnight.

Sunday will be milder and mostly cloudy with some rain and drizzle but some dry weather is likely. Highs will be between 9 and 11 Celsius with a westerly breeze.

Tomorrow, February is Candlemas Day and Groundhog Day

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow and winter will soon end.

If it's sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow and go back into its burrow for another nap, and winter will carry on for another six weeks!

Some people believe that the weather on Candlemas Day can tell us what the rest of the winter will be like and there's an old rhyme:

'If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another fight but if Candlemas Day be clouds and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.'

Well, Candlemas Day tomorrow is going to be fair and bright which means that winter is far from over.

Indeed next week looks set to turn much colder again with arctic winds bringing wintry showers, hail, sleet and snow showers. Strong winds will also give a significant wind chill.

Enjoy the game on Saturday!

Derek

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