Bank holiday music shows off in heavy rain in Wales

Steps in their early years
Image caption Steps had been due to play at Northop after reuniting following a string of hits from the late 1990s

Heavy rain has hit bank holiday Monday across Wales, with events called off and warnings of surface water flooding.

A band of slow-moving heavy rain was predicted for most parts of the country on bank holiday Monday.

Music festivals cancelled included the final day of Tawe Fest in Swansea, and Steps' performance at Gwyl Gobaith in Northop, Flintshire.

The rain also hampered the arrival of the Paralympic flame in Cardiff city centre.

The organisers of Tawe Fest - which was due to host the likes of Only Boys Aloud on its final day - said they were advised by health and safety officials that the site "is unsafe for use due to the terrible weather conditions".

Meanwhile, the organisers of the Festival of Hope / Gwyl Gobaith tweeted that "it is with great regret that due to hazardous weather conditions that tonight's performance featuring Steps has been cancelled." Ticket holders were told to contact their booking agent for a refund.

The highest risk of surface flooding was said by the Met Office to apply to south and west Wales.

Monday evening was forecast to turn generally clearer, and Tuesday should be brighter, with sunny spells and isolated sharp showers. But the rain and wind will return on Wednesday.

'Clearing very slowly'

BBC weather forecaster Sue Charles said: "We're seeing the heaviest rain in the hills and mountains in the west.

"By mid-afternoon we'd already seen 18mm in Capel Curig in Snowdonia - just under an inch in a few hours. And it's clearing very slowly, so remains persistent."

The Environment Agency Wales warned people to expect hazardous driving conditions and localised flooding.

It said officers would be monitoring the situation and promised action needed to reduce flood risks would be carried out. The agency said people should be aware of flood alerts.

"Whilst the majority of rivers should not reach levels of concern, smaller rivers that respond quickly to rainfall could rise rapidly and cause flooding," said a spokesman.

"Officers will be monitoring the situation closely over the weekend and will take action as necessary to clear blockages from agency trash screens to reduce the risk of flooding."

"Everyone is advised to keep an eye on the forecast, and listen to local news bulletins for details of any disruption in their area," the spokesman added.

Information can be found on the Environment Agency website or via its Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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