Super spring sizzler

Friday 23 March 2012, 15:21

Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

Today is a special day - it's World Meteorological Day and the anniversary of the World Meteorological Organisation's formation on 23 March 23, 1950.

Each year, on 23 March, the WMO celebrate around a chosen theme.This year, the theme is "Powering our future with weather, climate and water"

Robert A. Heinlein said "Climate is what we expect and weather is what we get" and another popular quotation is: "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it".

The weather will be a big talking point this weekend as it's going to beach and picnic weather with temperatures more like May than March!

It may start grey in a few places first thing in the morning but any low cloud, mist and fog will lift fairly readily and the whole of Wales will become fine with plenty of hazy sunshine.

Met Office weather chart for 24 May 2012

The nights will turn cool but by the afternoon it will feel pleasantly warm with light winds. Top temperatures 16 to 20 Celsius. The average maximum temperature for this time of year is nearer 10 Celsius.

So great weather for heading to the beach this weekend but some coasts will be cooler with a breeze off the sea. And if you fancy a paddle, be warned, the sea is still quite cold around 8 or 9 Celsius.

baby on a beach with bucket and spade

This weekend will be great weather for the beach.

It will also be ideal weather for a walk on the coast, hills and mountains but don't expect crystal clear views. Like today it will be hazy with dust and pollution trapped in the lower layers of the atmosphere reducing the visibility.

If you're taking part in the Sport Relief Mile on Sunday, the weather will be perfect but don't forget the suncream and drink plenty of water. And there is still time to enter.

I know some farmers and gardeners wouldn't mind a drop of rain but there is no sign of any. Next week high pressure will keep things dry with plenty more fine and warm weather.

In fact this March may turn out to be the driest in Wales for over 50 years.

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