Autumn arrives with a vengeance

Tuesday 6 September 2011, 16:20

Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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Autumn arrived with a vengeance in Wales last night with heavy rain and strong to severe gale force winds buffeting the country.

The highest wind gusts recorded were 69mph at Mumbles Head in Swansea and also at Capel Curig in Snowdonia. The wind was strong enough to damage or even bring down a few trees, including an oak tree at Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch in Denbighshire.

A damaged oak tree at Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch. Photo courtesy of Denbighshire Council

The damaged oak tree at Ysgol Bro Cinmeirch. Photo courtesy of Denbighshire Council

While at Capel Curig in Conwy 118mm of rain (over four inches) has fallen in the last 72 hours. The September average is 226mm.

Some rivers are currently swollen and the River Conwy bursts its banks in Llanrwst.

The river Conwy at Llanrwst. Photo: Rob Davies

The river Conwy at Llanrwst. Photo: Rob Davies

The River Conwy, Llanrwst. Photos: Rob Davies

A waterlogged rugby pitch at Dolgellau. Photo: Gwyneth McBurney

A waterlogged rugby pitch at Dolgellau. Photo: Gwyneth McBurney

I think we have seen the worst of the heavy rain and gales for the time being but the next 24 hours will continue to be windy with occasional blustery showers. More rain is expected in north Wales tomorrow afternoon/evening becoming heavy overnight, especially on the Snowdonia mountains.

On Thursday rain will turn lighter during the day and the wind should ease as well. So not great weather this week, but longer term there is a hint of more settled weather and high pressure around the middle of the September so don't put the BBQ away just yet!

Derek

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