CHRISTMAS shoppers abandoned high streets across the country as Wales was battered by high winds and wintry downpours.
Winds of 60mph and torrential rain and hail meant many Welsh towns and cities were far quieter than would normally be expected for the first weekend of December.
As shown in our picture above, Cardiff’s Queen Street was far from its usual logjammed state yesterday afternoon, while traders in the city’s Christmas market said footfall was down on what had been anticipated.
Meanwhile, shopkeepers in Swansea spoke of their fears about the damaging effect of a potentially disappointing Christmas period on top of a rain-ruined summer.
Forecasters last night predicted more unpleasant weather later this week, with a large depression over the Atlantic due to settle over Wales by tomorrow.
A storm front which moved in over the weekend, bringing hailstorms and high winds, led to the Severn Bridge being closed to high-sided vehicles and saw the coast of South Wales battered by huge waves.