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Derek Brockway Derek Brockway | 15:47 UK time, Monday, 20 February 2012

Winter returned to Wales over the weekend with Arctic winds bring a mixture of sunshine, frost and a few showers. There was a light covering of snow in places too.

Tomos Hughes sent in this picture taken at Llyn Brenig near Cerrigydrudion in Conwy...

Llyn Brenig. Photo: Tomos Hughes

Llyn Brenig. Photo: Tomos Hughes

...While Val Jones from Rhuddlan in Denbighshire took this photo of snow on Moel Famau in the Clwydian Range on Sunday.

Moel Famau. Photo: Val Jones

Moel Famau. Photo: Val Jones

However, the cold snap is on its way out and the weather is on the change. Over the next few days, it will turn more unsettled and milder so we've seen the last of the frost for a while.

Wednesday will be the wettest and windiest day of the week with strong to gale force winds. Thursday will be much drier and less windy. It will also become very mild with many enjoying spring-like temperatures rising into the mid teens.

15 Celsius, 59 Fahrenheit is likely in parts of the north and east, but windward coasts in the south and west will be cooler with a wind off the sea. The sea temperature at the moment is only 6 to 8 Celsius around the Welsh coast.

In England, parts of East Anglia and the South East are officially in drought status and the Environment Agency is warning that other areas such as the Midlands are at risk from drought as well.

In Wales, the situation is not as bad although along the border it is dry. In 2011, the annual rainfall was 1272.7mm (which is a little below the average of 1435.9mm).

December was wetter than normal with 211.6mm of rain (average is 173.3mm) Last month was drier with 127.2mm (20% below average) and so far, this month is much drier than average with only 25% of the average rainfall until 14 February.

Most reservoirs are relatively full at the moment and Wales is not facing a drought but if we have a very dry spring and summer then the situation could change. We should not be complacent, always use water wisely and not waste it.


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