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Derek Brockway Derek Brockway | 14:12 UK time, Monday, 28 March 2011

I'm feeling a little tired today after completing two walks over the weekend. On Saturday I went to the Brecon Beacons and conquered Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn.

The weather was good - very hazy but fine and warm with just a gentle breeze.

On the way up to Corn Du

On the way up to Corn Du.

On Sunday, I went to Llanthony Priory, climbed up onto Haterall Hill and walked along part of Offa's Dyke and then down to Capel y Ffin.

The last time I did this walk was for Weatherman Walking and I got soaked. This time round it was dry but I couldn't see much because of low cloud and fog although the sun did eventually break through and the visibility improved on our way back to the car park. Typical!

I was amazed how dry the ground is and the water level in the Upper Neuadd Reservoir seems lower than it should be which is not surprising, given how dry it's been this month.

The weather station in Llysdinam near Newbridge on Wye has only recorded 7mm of rain. They would normally expect 103mm (4 inches) in March. Mind you, there is a big change on the way...

The high pressure that has brought us all the dry weather is going to move away and a strong jet stream in the Atlantic will push low pressure towards Britain which means we'll all see some rain on Wednesday.

Beyond that the weather pattern looks more unsettled. Breezy with rain at times but with south-westerly winds, temperatures will be on the mild side with little chance of frost.

So, the dry spell is on its last legs with some welcome rain for the gardens by the middle of this week.



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