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Weekend weather, 19-20 February

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Derek Brockway Derek Brockway | 15:08 UK time, Friday, 18 February 2011

Spring was in the air yesterday with sunshine and above average temperatures for some. Trawsgoed and Pembrey both reached 11 Celsius, 52 Fahrenheit.

Mind you at Lake Vyrnwy in Powys it was cooler, only 5 Celsius there, with cloud and mist. Last night the temperature at Capel Curig in Snowdonia dropped to -1 Celsius with a frost.

Looking ahead, a frontal system currently over Ireland will move east bringing rain tonight and fresh to strong south-easterly winds but it will introduce milder air from the Atlantic over the weekend.

2011 Snowdrops by Susie Corwen

Snowdrops in February 2011 by Susie Corwen.

So this evening rain in Pembrokeshire will spread across the rest of the country. Some heavy rain is likely but it will dry-up in the south west later tonight. Lowest temperatures 4 to 7 Celsius so no frost tonight.

Tomorrow most of the country will start grey with low cloud, mist and hill fog. Light rain in the north and east first thing will clear during the morning.

I wouldn't rule out a light shower in the afternoon but most of the country will be dry and brighten up with some sunshine later.

However, parts of the south and west coast including Cardigan Bay may stay misty and murky. Top temperatures 8 to 11 Celsius so milder than recently with mainly light winds.

Tomorrow night will be dry with low cloud, with mist and fog patches forming. Milder on the coast but colder inland and a ground frost is possible.

Sunday will start off grey with low cloud, mist and fog patches. Some poor visibility is likely, especially on the Brecon Beacons, The Black Mountains and on the hills of Powys.

The odd spot of drizzle is possible too but otherwise dry. During the day it will brighten-up in places e.g. The north coast.

However, some rain and showers may spread across the country in the evening. Highest temperatures 7 to 10 Celsius with a south-easterly breeze picking-up.

Gull has been in touch and informs me that the surf is looking good again this weekend with mainly light winds on Saturday.

A lone surfer takes on a large wave yesterday in Porthcawl. Image by Gull

A lone surfer takes on a large wave yesterday in Porthcawl. Image by Gull.

On Sunday the wind will turn south-easterly and pick-up, going offshore as the next swell builds so there should be plenty of surf about all weekend, peaking on Sunday around 4-5ft.

High tide is in the morning but the tides are going to be large all weekend as there is a new full moon. The sea temperature is hovering between 6-8 degrees Celsius depending on where you live - warmer in Pembrokeshire!

There is also a 4* Severn Bore on Sunday and a slightly smaller tide on Monday so keep an eye out for videos of that being surfed online, as it's always amazing to watch.

Watch a video clip of the Severn Bore in action.



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