It felt more like autumn at the weekend with rain and strong winds, but the good news is that summer looks set to return for a time at the end of this week.
Most of the rain in Wales fell on the mountains at the weekend, with 110mm recorded in 48 hours at Capel Curig in Snowdonia – the average for the whole of July is 143mm. Winds were also high.
But Welsh forecaster Derek Brockway says he is “looking forward” to the upcoming weekend because “high pressure” is on the way.
But before that, this week looks set to remain unsettled with heavy rain at times, before better weather towards the end of the week with highs of around 21°C.
Looking ahead this week, weather forecaster Helen Willetts says: “The weekend weather was dominated by the strength of the wind which was unusual for the start of July.
“What wasn’t unusual was that we had strong sunshine masked somewhat by the winds. The winds will start to ease through Monday as low pressure starts to pull away into Scandinavia.
“With an Azores high starting to build, we should have some drier weather by the time we get to the end of Monday and the start of Tuesday, but there is another weather system coming in during the day on Tuesday.
“It will bring some warmer Atlantic air, so we will pick up the humidity again and bring rain with it. But high pressure will start to build again toward the end of the week and push any rain away.
“If you have got plans for the middle part of the week, stay tuned to the weather forecast as there is a lot of uncertainty.
“Next weekend, we are likely to see high pressure dominating for a time. There is not a lot of heat, but there will be dry weather.”
The forecast for Saturday and Sunday.
The good weather comes as the five-mile travel restriction is lifted and Wales is ready to welcome back visitors to its countryside, beaches and beauty spots as lockdown restrictions are further eased.
But it is hoped that the scenes seen on beaches in England during good weather at the end of June are not repeated in Wales.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has said: “We live in such a beautiful part of the world and I know many of us are looking forward to visiting beaches, the countryside and our many beauty spots.
“People throughout Wales have done so much over the last few months to follow the rules and help reduce the spread of coronavirus – I thank them for their patience and understanding. I ask them to continue in this spirit.”
Met Office forecast for this week in Wales:
After a cloudy but breezy start with the odd shower possible, sunny spells will develop through the day as the cloud thins and breaks. The wind will continue to ease during the afternoon. Maximum temperature 17 °C.
It will be dry with clear skies and light winds to start the night, before turning cloudier through the early hours. Minimum temperature 11°C.
Rain, heavy at times, will move westwards across northern Wales during the morning. South Wales will be dry and cloudy through the morning but patchy rain will arrive towards evening. Maximum temperature 17°C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Wednesday and Thursday should see outbreaks of locally heavy rain, especially over west-facing hills, whilst Friday looks drier and brighter with sunny spells.