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Steel workers, their pension offer and the future of Tata here.

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Politicians are told, let workers decide -

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And down the pub for the dementia patients' social gathering.

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Now a new strategy to listen to patients and their families.

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Politicians are being told not to interfere with Tata workers' vote

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on whether to accept less generous pensions in return for

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One of the biggest unions at the site, Unite, was reacting

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to the Plaid Cymru economy spokesperson, Adam Price, who called

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Here's our business correspondent, Brian Meechan.

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Tata's workers are being asked to accept a much worse pension then

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they have at the moment but it's better than many other

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Tata says it's explaining to its staff what the changes

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They say if workers accept the deal, it will allow them to invest

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an extra billion pounds over ten years in the Port Talbot plant

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but only if other savings can be made at the site.

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Tata's also pledged to keep the two blast furnaces

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operating for five years and to try and avoid compulsory

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It's a huge about-turn by the company that had planned

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Adam Price accuses Tata of opportunism and brinksmanship,

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and is urging workers to renegotiate on pensions.

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Workers that have contacted me have real concerns,

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over the guarantees that have been offered in terms of future

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employment and investment and also in terms of the current and future -

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any future deficit in the existing pension scheme and I think those

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But have conditions in the steel industry really improved?

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Well, the value of steel has risen on the world market.

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It was $395 per tonne of hot rolled coil last January,

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when Tata announced over 1,000 job losses.

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But by August, when the company put the sale of its Welsh operations

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on hold, it had gone up to $536 per tonne,

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China had been accused of producing too much steel,

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driving down the price but last summer, the European Union

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continued imposing tariffs on foreign imports, with up to 22%

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levied on cold rolled steel, which is used in cars

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And the turnaround plan, put in place at Port Talbot,

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saw all the reported losses of ?1 million a day

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Adam Price says this means the situation has been radically

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transformed from this time last year.

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Mark Turner has worked at Port Talbot for the last 15 years

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and he says staff should be left to make their own decisions.

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Each person there will have their own feelings, their own ways

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of looking at things, depending on age, depending

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There's lots of things that people have to weigh up.

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I was looking to retire, possibly at 55.

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That's all been thrown up in the air.

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Unfortunately, this is not a political issue

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so we'd like the politicians, really, to keep their opinions

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The steel committee which represents all the unions across Tata says

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it is vital the workforce fully understands the proposal.

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Tata says it won't comment while it's still consulting workers.

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Police have arrested three more people on suspicion of murder,

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following the death of a man in Old Colwyn last week.

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A post mortem examination found David James Kingsbury died

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The police say three men are in custody.

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A woman who was arrested earlier has been released on bail.

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A body found in the Talgarth area of Powys has been confirmed as that

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of the missing jogger, David Skeen.

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He was last seen leaving his home for a run last Tuesday.

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Mountain rescue teams, firefighters, police and a drone

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People affected by dementia are being asked for their experiences,

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to help shape Wales' first ever national dementia plan.

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It affects memory and language and is now the leading

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It's thought between 40,000-50,000 people are living with dementia

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here and today, the Welsh Government launched a two-month consultation.

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Kath's husband John was diagnosed with dementia five years ago.

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John now lives at a specialist facility for people who

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But Kath says things were far from easy at the start.

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At the day of diagnosis, we were just sent home.

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Therefore, what that meant, as you can imagine,

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is that for a number of

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I didn't feel that actually, there was

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I don't think that it was until much later on,

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Now the Welsh Government aims to change that.

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It has worked over the past five years to improve diagnosis

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rates in particular, but over the next two months,

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people like Kath and John who were affected by the

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condition are being asked for their experiences to help inform

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a new dementia strategy for Wales, which focuses on a number of

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key themes, such as diagnosis, helping dementia

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patients to live well, and approving access

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to specialist care and support, particularly in the community.

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No two individuals are exactly the same.

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Their experiences about who they are will be different

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and the impact of the condition will slightly differ with them as well.

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So that individualised understanding is really

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important and it really is about health care

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and the wider third sector joining up around

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Conwy council funds the service called Trio, provided by

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It partners people in the early stages of dementia

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Every week, they meet for days out, or catch up over coffee.

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We match the people to their needs and

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their choices of what they do, so it's individual based

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Because my wife takes me out most of the time so it

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The project in Conwy is now also being

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piloted in Denbighshire but the Welsh local government

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Association says the financial pressures on

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social care budgets are already unsustainable.

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There are many good things appearing out there presently

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in terms of local government, particularly in terms of things

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like dementia friendly communities, but this

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will add massive pressures into

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the system which is already struggling, with some of the

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financial challenges we currently face.

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The government's consultation will close at the end of March but

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the debate about how best to care for dementia patients and how much

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A wild duck has died from avian flu at an RSPB reserve in Conwy.

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The teal was found last week in an area that's out of bounds

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to the public and tests confirm it had the H5N8 strain.

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The Welsh Government says the latest finding is not unexpected.

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Please still come to the reserve because risk is infinitesimally

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small. We ask people if they see a dead bird on the reserve, and most

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areas are out of bounds anyway, reported to the reserve centre.

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Labour support in Wales has reached new lows,

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according to an opinion poll by YouGov, for ITV Wales

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It suggests that 31% of people would vote for Labour in Assembly

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constituency elections, that's down three

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That's the lowest rating since YouGov's first

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Both Tory and Plaid Cymru support rose by one point to 25%

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UKIP are down one to 12% and the Liberal Democrats up two, to 8%.

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Staff at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board are being urged to take

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Three wards have been closed at the University Hospital of Wales

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in Cardiff to prevent the spread of further infection.

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Up to the end of December, less than half of the health board's

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Residents in a south Wales valley say they're overjoyed that plans

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for a waste-processing plant have been rejected by

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They were concerned that any emissions from the plant

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in Cwmfelinfach may be trapped in the valley, because of a weather

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phenomenon that can hold cloud over the village for days.

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A blanket of fog over the steep, green Sirhowy Valley.

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Locals say it can linger here for days.

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And they were concerned that any emissions from a planned new waste

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processing plant to be built here would also be

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But today, those plans were rejected by the environment body,

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We will believe that this was in the wrong place and we've been

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vindicated. They told us that it was not going to be a problem. They told

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us we would only have steam out of the chimney and it's going to be

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nitrogen dioxide. We were proved right.

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Locals fought from the outset to stop the development,

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And this - it's called temperature inversion.

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Where cold air is trapped in the valley by warm air above.

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Locals were worried about the effect the plant may have

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The Aneurin Bevan Health Board had already raised concerns

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about the amount of nitrogen dioxide that could be released.

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It can affect people's breathing and lower their resistance

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The plant would have turned thousands of tonnes of waste -

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that would have normally gone to landfill - into fuel.

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The company behind it, Hazrem Environmental Limited says

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it's extremely disappointed with the decision and that no air

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quality limits would have been breached and they will be appealing

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Natural Resources Wales believe the plant could of had a negative impact

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on people's health. Rugby, and Wales international

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Liam Williams will join Saracens next summer from the Scarlets

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on a three-year deal. It could limit his international

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appearances, because the senior selection policy only allows three

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non-Wales-based players Warnings of snow on the

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way later this week. Sue's got tonight's

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weather forecast. After the miles and relatively

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unsettled start to the week, it will turn colder and we've got wintry

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showers to end the week. Overnight, after today's heavy rain, scattered

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shadows will continue, Saint dry spells and feeling colder in the

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winds overnight. This friend brought today's rain a brief respite and

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then another arise from the West through tomorrow so some dry spells

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and just a few early showers tomorrow and then the clouds

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thickens as the French stars to arrive from the West and across the

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UK, that band of rain, slowly moves eastwards, further east, those North

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Sea ghosts hanging onto any brightness for longer. Wind is

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picking up, two, especially across northern Scotland. The rain this

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clears eastwards across Wales tomorrow afternoon but very

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blustery, temperatures staying above average at nine Celsius and Wrexham.

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On Wednesday, some dry spells, a few showers, chance they could be wintry

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in the hills but also very strong north westerly winds, could reach

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gale force along the coast. The wind chill will make it feel cooler than

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this. Those isobars, close together, signalling the strongest winds. They

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started to feel more north-westerly with cold air from Iceland. Any

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friends from the West, could bring wintry showers, so by Thursday,

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we're into that colder air, very blustery, try and bright for many,

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but cold enough for a warning that any showers could fall with rain,

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sleet and snow for some. Not like the scenes we've seen across Eastern

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Europe, just more typical January weather to come for the end of the

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week. It's unusually mild at the moment, but more typical

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temperatures and the return of snow for some by the end of the week.

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From all of us on the programme, good night.

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