GORGE WALKING, GORGE SCRAMBLING AND CANYONING OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES REPORT FOR SOUTH WALES, CARDIFF, SWANSEA BRECON BEACONS AREAS
WEATHER – Wet and wild weather for Christmas week ahead, most days will see rain and strong winds up to 33 mph. The worst of the weather will be over the weekend with very strong Westerly winds and rain. Temperatures will be quite mild for the time of year but you will definitely need your waterproofs. Winds will mainly be strong Westerlies with a few days of Southerly. Christmas Eve may see dry weather and and Christmas day the wind may drop and give a break from the stronger winds and gales. http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2648385?day=2) (https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjqmsw80
RIVER LEVEL and TEMPERATURE – .77 meters high and 6 Degrees (http://rloi.naturalresources.wales/ViewDetails?station=4121)
EXPECTED RIVER LEVEL OVER NEXT 72 HOURS – .77 -meters – .80 meters
GORGE WALKING, GORGE SCRAMBLING, CANYONING CONDITIONS REPORT 19TH DECEMBER 2019 – High water levels on the Mellte river at the moment and not looking to drop for the next few days. Rain will be persistent through the weekend into next week. This will mean no canyoning or gorge scrambling but may be a possibility of swift water gorge walking depending on the river levels through the week. Monitoring the rainfall and the river levels will be a priority and taking extreme caution if thinking of entering into the rivers. Levels may drop on Tuesday but back up again on Wednesday.
WIND – High winds again this week predominantly from the West, winds will reach up to 33 mph on Sunday from the West. There will also be strong Southerly winds on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday swinging West to South . The wind will drop on Wednesday to a gently Easterly 5 mph.
SEA STATE and SWELL – Very choppy seas all through the week with strong Westerly and Southerly winds and huge swells and surf along the channel. The roughest day will be Sunday with 32 mph Westerly winds and 20 foot swells causing very rough sea state. Wednesday may be perfectly calm after the storm with smaller swells and gently off shore winds.
SWELL and SURF FORECAST Thursday 19 December 9ft/ Friday 20 December 2019 10ft / Saturday 21 December 2019 11ft /Sunday 22 December 20ft/ Monday 23 December 2019 13ft / Tuesday 24 December 2019 6ft / Wednesday 25 December 5ft / Thursday 19 December 2019 ft
HIGH TIDE – Thursday 19th December 2019 – 11.32am / 8.5 meters WATER TEMPERATURE – 11 DEGREES
COASTEERING CARDIFF, SWANSEA, PORTHCAWL, CARMARTHEN PREDICTED WEEKLY REPORT – Another bad week for coasteering with very high winds, huge swells and surf, rough and choppy sea state all causing bad conditions for coasteering all along the South Wales coastline. There is a break on Wednesday 25th December with smaller swells and perfect light Easterly offshore winds.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES REPORT 19th December 2019 – This Christmas week is looking varied for outdoor activities across the South Wales region. Heavy rain and high rivers will effect the gorge walking and canyoning activities and the wind, and swell will be affecting the seas state and coasteering conditions. We shall update through the week to give an up to date conditions report.