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Bumper bank holiday - despite mixed weather.

Byline: Thomas Deacon Reporter thomas.deacon@mediawales.co.uk

THUNDERY showers and possible flooding could spoil people's half-term plans at the start of this week, forecasters have warned.

Rain hit the coast of South Wales at around 4.30pm yesterday amid a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office, which forecast potential lightning, heavy rain, hail and gusty winds.

The "yellow" warning for most of South and Mid Wales is in place until 4pm today and predicted as much as 30mm, or possibly 40mm in some places, of rain in an hour.

Despite the dire forecast, some business owners saw a booming end to the bank holiday weekend.

The owner of Barry Island Pleasure Park, Henry Danter, 73, said: "The weekend has been brilliant, it could be the best on record.

"Everyone has been busy, and we have all done extremely well this weekend. It's been very, very good.

"It's like a gold rush down here in Barry. People have come down from Birmingham to Barry because they heard how good it is. The weather was lovely on Friday, and it's been a bit cloudy since then.

"It hasn't been seaside weather really, but the reason they've been coming down has been the funfair.

"If the weather isn't too good then people can still come down for the funfair."

Sunday evening brought some local heavy showers across Wales, with drier areas seeing cloud and some coastal fog in areas.

The Met Office warned downpours could result in sudden flooding of roads, homes and business, although their meteorologists warned many areas will see little or no impact due to the "hit-and-miss nature" of thunderstorms.

Any remaining heavy or thundery showers will clear northwards through Monday morning, turning the day mostly dry and bright for many.

It will continue to feel warm and humid, with a maximum temperature for Wales likely to be 21C.

Tuesday to Thursday is forecast to be mainly dry with sunny spells, with the odd shower on Tuesday or Wednesday. From midweek temperatures are set to rise with the Met Office forecasting a "fine day" on Thursday.

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Date:May 29, 2017
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