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This may put a dampener on your day!

by Ruth Wignall

Friday: Mainly dry to start, but increasingly cloudy with showers developing through the day. Showers will merge to give longer spells of rain later, perhaps turning heavy at times. Maximum Temperature 20C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Remaining unsettled with showers or rain, occasionally heavy, but also some sunny intervals. Becoming drier and brighter on Sunday and Monday with just isolated showers. Breezy at times.

Improving overnight, but not for long!

by Ruth Wignall

Tonight: Most places will become dry this evening with clear spells developing. Just a few light showers are possible, with a little hill fog overnight. Light winds. Minimum Temperature 14C.

Friday: Mainly dry to start, but increasingly cloudy with showers developing through the day. Showers will merge to give longer spells of rain later, perhaps turning heavy at times. Maximum Temperature 20C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Remaining unsettled with showers or rain, occasionally heavy, but also some sunny intervals. Becoming drier and brighter on Sunday and Monday with just isolated showers. Breezy at times.

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RSPCA appeal after cat and her kitten were abandoned

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat and her 10-week-old kitten were found abandoned in a cardboard box.

The pair were found on Monday in a closed box in an alleyway to the side of Frank Road in Ely.

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The cat and her kitten were found by the side of Frank Road in Ely Credit: RSPCA

Both cats appeared to be healthy but were covered in fleas. The mother is not microchipped so her owner cannot be identified.

They are lovely cats but just a bit traumatised. It is such a shame when this happens. We would rather the person called us first instead of just being irresponsible and abandoning their pets.

– Sarah Davies, RSPCA animal collection officer

The cats have been placed into our care and will be made available for rehoming if the owners do not come forward.

Merthyr Tydfil tops list for children with weight issues

Merthyr Tydfil has the highest percentage of 5-year-olds who are overweight or obese, according to figures from Public Health Wales.

The figures are part of a report which shows over a quarter of 5-year-olds in Wales have an unhealthy weight, compared to just over a fifth of those in England.

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The graph shows the percentage of 5-year-olds who are overweight or obese in each area Credit: Public Health Wales

Merthyr Tydfil tops the list for weight issues in young children, with 34% regarded as overweight.

Monmouthshire (21%) and the Vale of Glamorgan (22%) have the lowest number of children classed as overweight.

A soggy end to July!

by Ruth Wignall

Today: Often cloudy at first with some showery rain spreading south and eastwards, this perhaps heavy and thundery. Becoming brighter from the northwest later, with sunny spells and isolated showers. Breezy around some coasts, but still pleasantly warm in sunnier intervals. Maximum Temperature 22C.

Tonight: Most places will become dry this evening with clear spells developing. Just a few light showers are possible, with a little hill fog overnight. Light winds. Minimum Temperature 14C.

Friday: Mainly dry to start, but increasingly cloudy with showers developing through the day. Showers will merge to give longer spells of rain later, perhaps turning heavy at times. Maximum Temperature 20C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Remaining unsettled with showers or rain, occasionally heavy, but also some sunny intervals. Becoming drier and brighter on Sunday and Monday with just isolated showers. Breezy at times.

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New figures show rise in prison absconders

There has been a rise in the number of inmates absconding from prisons in England and Wales, official figures show.

More than 200 inmates escaped or absconded from prisons in England and Wales, figures show
More than 200 inmates escaped or absconded from prisons in England and Wales, figures show Credit: Press Association

A total of 225 prisoners went on the run - an increase of 21 compared to the previous year - according to government data.

This included 137 from open prisons which have been subject of controversy after a spate of criminals walked out.

The most high-profile of those was Michael Wheatley - known as the 'Skullcracker' who sparked a nationwide manhunt after absconding from HMP Standford Hill on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

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Coast & Country visit Skokholm Island

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Andrew explores Skokholm Island Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

On Friday’s show Andrew visits Skokholm Island, where he learns about the wildlife and history of this fascinating island.

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Andrew was able to get up close to the puffins during his stay on the Island. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Hannah Thomas is in Swansea Bay investigating proposals to build a tidal lagoon. The £800 million project could provide electricity for thousands of homes, but is it right for the local environment?

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Hannah went out to sea to find out more about the tidal lagoon proposals. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

And Ruth Wignall meets a farmer concerned about the price he gets for his cattle, versus how much we're paying for our beef

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Ruth investigates beef prices. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Don’t miss Coast & Country on Friday at 8pm on ITV Cymru Wales.

You can also like us on facebook and follow us on twitter for the very latest updates and behind the scenes pictures from the Coast & Country team.

Australian weightlifter held after Welsh athlete assault

An Australian weightlifter is being held by police after an alleged assault on a Welsh athlete at the Commonwealth Games.

The Australian weightlifter will appear at Glasgow Sheriff court.

A Team Wales spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident that occurred overnight involving a member of Team Wales and we're currently working with Police Scotland to assist them with their inquiries."

Man dies after falling from Snowdon

A young walker has died after falling 200ft on Snowdon yesterday. It happened just below the 3,560ft summit. The man who has yet to be identified was winched off by RAF rescue helicopter.

The Sea King aircraft, based at Valley in Anglesey, flew some members of Llanberis mountain rescue team up the mountain.

Public Health Wales: Childhood obesity 'must be tackled now'

A new report out today by Public Health Wales reveals over a quarter of five year olds in Wales have an unhealthy BMI.

The report looked at the prevalence of obesity in children living in areas with the highest levels of deprivation, compared to the lowest levels.

It found areas like Merthyr Tydfil, Gwynedd and Bridgend had the highest number of overweight or obese children.

"Simple and easy steps such as replacing fizzy drinks with water, and snacking on fruit instead of chocolate or crisps are the answer for so many children this age."

"The difference in levels of obesity in children living in areas with the highest levels of deprivation compared to the lowest levels of deprivation is worrying and needs urgent attention."

"It is something that must be tackled now by all sectors in society so children can go on to lead healthy lives into adulthood and reverse this trend."

– Linda Bailey, Public Health Wales
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