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Derek Brockway Derek Brockway | 16:17 UK time, Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Well first of all, a very Happy New Year to you all!

Most of us ended up with a white Christmas, although no fresh snow fell in Wales on 25 December.

We haven't got all the figures in yet but it looks like last month was the coldest in Wales for at least 100 years and for central England, the coldest December since 1890 with a mean temperature of -0.7 Celsius!

The central England temperature records (CET) date back to 1659.

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but despite all the snow - it was much drier and sunnier than normal. In fact rainfall in Wales was less than a third of the monthly average.

Over the next few days temperatures are going to be up and down like a yo-yo. Some of us are in for a soaking too and not just rain. There is more sleet and snow on the way, especially on Friday and the Met Office has issued a weather watch.

The snow could cause some disruption for a few hours but it won't last and rain and milder conditions are expected by the weekend as low pressure moves in from the south west.

Some of you might be joining in with the BBC Stargazing event which is happening tonight and tomorrow night. It looks like tomorrow night is your best bet with some gaps in the cloud. Find out more about this event in Gulls blog.

And finally if you missed my brand new series of Weatherman Walking - don't despair! You can watch again on BBC iplayer and get all the info for each walk on the website.




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