Dry and sunny weekend ahead

I am sure many of you are fed up with the rain. It feels as if we have had enough to fill a swimming pool lately!

But they say every cloud has a silver lining and following the recent downpours, the drought is over in south west England, the Midlands and parts of Yorkshire according to the Environment Agency.

I think we have seen the worst of the rain for the time being. The weather is improving today, pressure is rising and we are in for a much drier and sunnier weekend for a change.

A few clouds will build-up inland tomorrow and I wouldn't rule out the odd light shower but you'd be very lucky to catch one and most places will stay dry. Many coasts and beaches will enjoy a good dose (about 14 hours) of sunshine.

Day-time temperatures won't be that high for May, 12 to 15 Celsius in the shade in the afternoon, but with lighter winds and sunshine it will feel pleasantly warm.

And don't forget the suncream, the sun is strong given the longest day is only a few weeks away. Factor 15 or higher is best. While at night, it will turn chilly, especially inland.

Tomorrow the barometric pressure will be around 1040mb (30.71 inches of Mercury) corrected to mean sea level, the highest pressure we've had in Wales since February and March. If you fancy a paddle, the sea temperature is a refreshing 10 Celsius.

Sunday will serve up more dry weather. The sunshine hazier than Saturday with high clouds. The south westerly wind will gradually pick-up during the day as well, becoming strong and gusty in the north west.

The Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival is on this weekend with lots of walks to suit all abilities and the weather will be fine.

If you're feeling energetic, a Thunder Walk is taking place in the Brecon Beacons National Park tomorrow - 54 miles in 24 hours.

In Llanberis, the Ras Moel Eilio is taking place tomorrow at 12pm. Conditions will be perfect for the runners.

Sunday night into Monday will turn wet and breezy. The rain will eventually clear on Monday followed by sunshine and showers and the rest of week looks changeable and rather cool.

So make the most of the dry weather and sunshine over the weekend.

Derek

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