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Weather guide Monday 30th December 2013 to Sunday 5th January 2014

TonyH

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[font=arial][size=3][b]Unsettled and very windy at times with further rain or showers , brief drier interludes, a few overnight frosts.[/b][/size][/font]

[font=arial][size=3]The unsettled and at times wet and windy weather continued to batter us last week, although at least there was a respite over the Festive period itself and again during this present weekend. No official Met Office sites reported a 'White Christmas' however some places did see wintry showers on the big day, including just a little sleet here in Llanwnnen in the morning making it a technical WC here, indeed the hills not far away were covered white. Llandrindod Wells in Powys was the main lucky spot to witness a 'true' WC as this mid Wales town above 200m had a decent snow covering as did the Brecon Beacons. Appropriately enough with a high of 5.3c Christmas Day could well end up the coldest day of December, not that cold though in what has been a mild wet month for many. Boxing Day saw generally fine and calm conditions ahead of the next Atlantic blast during the night. Hail and thunder featured quite prolifically last week, again particularly for parts of Wales, although Birmingham and Coventry joined in with the action on Friday. There were very windy spells last week and on Friday Aberdaron, a very exposed site on the Llyn Peninsular had a gust of 102mph (subject to verification), most of the Midlands managed to escape the worst of the gales and flooding last week, quite a few trees came down on Friday across West Wales. [/size][/font]

[font=arial][size=3]More unsettled at times wet and windy weather as we enter the New Year, so December will end up a thoroughly wet month over West Wales, at Llanwnnen there has been 204mm up to this morning, not so wet for the Midlands, Rugby, Warwickshire is presently on just 44mm and Coventry 61.4mm, so a big variation West to Middle this month! December has also been a mild month and Coventry and some other parts of the Midlands had to wait until this morning for the first air frost (sub zero).[/size][/font]

[font=arial][size=3]A lovely frosty, sunny Sunday morning, the Midlands also having a sunny afternoon, but cloud spreads across West Wales before sunset (4pm) accompanied by a freshening SW wind, this heralding another wet and windy episode. Clear for a time this evening over the Midlands leading to a widespread ground frost, this should have lifted by midnight as cloud and wind increases. Rain at times overnight for Wales, some heavy and a strong to gale force wind, some rain also affecting the Midlands after midnight, where it also turns windy. A spell of heavy rain and squally winds sweeps east across all parts on Monday morning with gales in places and should be cleared through the East Midlands around midday Monday. A little bump of higher pressure pm so the rest of Monday mostly dry, just the odd shower in places and with sunny spells and much less wind. Highs on Monday a rather mild 8 to 10c. This respite lasts into the evening, clear spells leading to a widespread ground frost down to 1c in parts of the Midlands by midnight. Low pressure is centred NW of Ireland much of this week, and during Tuesday night the next set of fronts brings rain and quite windy conditions back to all areas, again some heavy. An unsettled day then for Tuesday further spells of rain or showers, some heavy with hail and thunder, maxima around 8c. Overnight showers of rain and hail rattle into West Wales but generally dry for the Midlands with clear spells and perhaps a touch of ground frost, so not too bad for the New Year revellers[/size][/font]

[font=arial][size=3]It could be a dry fine start to Wednesday but a lively little secondary depression looks set to cross Ireland afternoon bringing yet more wet and windy weather, depending on the exact rack of this system but there is potential for quite stormy weather again for parts of Wales and England in the afternoon or evening. Academic highs of 9 or 10c for Wednesday. Winds ease off significantly overnight as the low zips away NE with showers for Wales, few if any over the Midlands, no frost. Low pressure still fixed to our NW Thursday with SW winds, this day looking showery and breezy, as is often the case with this set up in Winter, the Midlands seeing few showers and better bright spells, so not such a bad day, highs between 7 and 9c, fairly mild for early January. Friday a similar day with rain or showers in places, some places not seeing so much though and quite windy from the SW still. No sign in a let up from the very unsettled weather through next weekend, further showers or longer spells of rain, some wintry showers perhaps for higher ground, and any dry intervals short lived, it will be windy at times although no gales showing just yet. Overall it looks another wet week, especially for Wales where 100mm could fall in places, so localised flooding issues. Looking further into January and little sign of any particularly cold or wintry weather at least to mid month it would seem, however there is still plenty of time for a change![/size][/font]
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