Luckily last weekends weather didn't last too long and the last couple days of decent weather we've had in South Wales has allowed the rivers and waterfalls to stabilise a little, meaning conditions should be good for both Gorge Walking and Canyoning on the River Sychryd and River Mellte. With the previous weeks weather, ground water levels are still high, meaning the waterfalls should be constant but also meaning any new rainfall will quickly enter the water.
The Met Office as issued yellow weather warnings across much of South Wales this weekend for rain, so it is vital you are aware of recent rainfall in the mountain areas of the Brecon Beacons, particularly in the previous 12 - 18 hours as any sustained or heavy period of rain could lead to flashing on the rivers, increasing depth and water flow force.
A mixed weekend for Coasteering in South Wales this weekend. Saturday looks like it could see acceptable conditions.
On Saturday, we're expecting Easterlies and a fairly low swell, only 1ft - 2ft, and particularly the early afternoon conditions are looking good and should also fit in with tide times. Areas such as Oxwich Bay and Caswell Bay in Swansea should have acceptable conditions. Be aware however that moving into Saturday evening and Sunday, wind direction is expected to swing around and become Southerly or Westerly. We're also expecting wind strength to increase as we head into Sunday increasing swell size too.
So, overall, you could be OK for Coasteering activities on Saturday but Sunday is likely to be troublesome so we would suggest moving away from the South Wales coast and heading inland for some Gorge Walking or Canyoning as conditions look to become a little more troublesome.
Quite the opposite for Surfing compared to Coasteering. Saturday you may find the swell is too low to get any real surfing in, although the offshore wind could hold the waves up enough to make some surfing possible.
Moving into Sunday, we could see some really good conditions, particularly for the experienced surfers. Although we'll have some reasonably strong Southerly and Westerly winds, if you head to some of our more protected, easterly facing bays, such as Oxwich Bay and Caswell Bay, you could be on for some decent swell, around 4ft - 6ft.
We're still busy with our mix of Stag Do's from Cardiff, Swansea and Porthcawl and Hen Parties from across South Wales as those last few summer weddings take place. We're also still welcoming various groups who are camping here in South Wales during the school holidays. This week our groups will be taking part in a variety of activities, including Gorge Walking, Canyoning, Coasteering and some Beach Activity Days.