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Cloud and showers spreading south

by Carl Edwards

It is going to turn cloudier through the day as outbreaks of rain slowly spread their way southwards this afternoon. Temperatures still slightly below average for the time of year. Maximum temperature 17 °C.

Most of the outbreaks of rain should clear away during the first part of the night leaving it largely dry with clear spells. A little less chilly than recent nights. Minimum temperature 7 °C.

It should be a mostly dry day on Friday with some decent sunny spells. However, it is still going to feel generally cool with some outbreaks of showery rain. Maximum temperature 17 °C.


Millions invested to reduce flood risk in Wales

Strong waves hit wall
Aberystwyth was one of the places battered by storms this year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A new report by Natural Resources Wales has found that £165 million has been invested in flood and coastal protection schemes since November 2011.

The investment, from the Welsh Government and European funding,is thought to have directly reduced the risk of flooding for more than 6,500 homes and businesses.

Since November 2011, Wales has experienced destructive and extensive flooding, with more than a thousand homes and businesses hit in places like Ceredigion, St Asaph, Ruthin and Rhyl.

In total, floods caused an estimated £71 million of damage.

The flooding we have seen in recent years in communities like Ceredigion, St Asaph and Rhyl, and the impact it has on people's lives, shows how important this work is.

With climate change predicting that we are likely to see more extreme weather in the future, we are taking action now to make sure we can be more resilient to the increased risk of flooding.

There is much work still to be done, but it is encouraging to see so many people who have suffered in the past working together and taking steps to make themselves and their communities better prepared for flooding.

– Steve Cook, Natural Resources Wales


Bakery job losses 'sad news' for Newport

Councillors and representatives in Newport have tweeted their disappointment at the news that reportedly 390 jobs are to go at the Avana Bakery site in Rogerstone.


My heart goes out to workers and families at Avana following jobs news - especially after the hope when the factory was bought in July.


Sad news for Avana Bakeries Welsh Gov need to demonstrate the expertise and provide support and assistance to ensure new orders forthcoming

Almost 400 jobs at risk at Newport bakery

Up to 390 jobs could be at risk at a Newport bakery, just weeks after it was bought by a new owner.

Avana Bakeries in Rogerstone was at risk of closure earlier this year after losing its contract with Marks and Spencer. It was bought by Food Utopia Limited last month. There are reports jobs could now be at risk again.

Cllr Chris Evans, who represents Rogerstone on Newport City Council tweeted his concerns.


Seems my worst fears about #Avana bakery have been realised, details still coming through, but, not, good news.

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