Make Hay while the sun shines

Wednesday 2 June 2010, 16:29

Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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Yesterday Aberdaron on the Lleyn Peninsula was the wettest place in Britain with 20.6mm of rain (just under an inch) but that's the last significant rain we'll going to have in Wales for a while.

The next few days are looking generally dry thanks to high pressure from the Azores. This will bring increasing amounts of sunshine and higher temperatures as well.

Friday looks likely to be the hottest day of the week with a top temperature of 24 Celsius, 75 Fahrenheit.

So lovely weather for the Hay Festival, The Wales Open Golf Tournament at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport which starts tomorrow and also for the Urdd Eisteddfod at Llanerchaeron in Ceredigion.

The heat might set off the odd shower later on Friday afternoon/evening but these will be few and far between. At the moment, the weekend looks largely dry too with some sunshine.

However, it will gradually turn cooler, especially on Sunday. As I mentioned in a previous blog, rainfall has been below normal this Spring. Infact last month, only 61.8mm of rain fell (the long term average for May is 80.7mm).

Last month was also the 6th month in a row to have below average rainfall and overall, the Spring (March, April and May) has provisionally been the driest in Wales since 1990. The current dry spell looks like breaking next week.

The signs point towards a change to cooler, more unsettled conditions with low pressure bringing some rain and showers which is typical given I am off to Gwynedd to start filming a new series of Weatherman Walking!

Two walks are planned, one up Yr Eifl on the Lleyn Peninsula and the other up Cnicht. All of my walks from my previous series are online.

Looking at the latest weather charts I think the team better pack waterproofs!

Derek

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