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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands, I'm Charlie McArdle.

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Explosion at Flamanville reactor highlights the risks

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God help this could be a serious incident that is yet to be fully

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reported. Could parking wars be the cause

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of thousands of pounds' My friends are scared to park by my

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house, like I am always the one to go and get them, I have to park

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further away. because of poor pilot

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decision-making. Channel Island authorities say

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there's no risk to residents following an explosion

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at a nuclear power plant The blast at Flamanville in Normandy

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was caused by a fire. Five people were treated,

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but there were no serious injuries, and French officials say there's

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no danger of a radiation leak. Just before ten o'clock,

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an explosion was caused by a fire in a machine room where seven

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people were working. Five workers needed treatment for

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breathing in smoke. The plant owners, EDF,

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said emergency services contained the fire quickly

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and the generator was disconnected from the electricity

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grid soon afterwards. Flamanville is around 20 miles

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from the Channel Islands. While the islands aren't

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within the official risk zone, they're close enough

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for the authorities to have measures in place

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in event of any disaster. But with the internet and social

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media, this news emerged from French media sources long before any

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official word from Jersey or Guernsey governments. A fire officer

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involved think that should change. the information we put out

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is correct, obviously. There's lots of info

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in the public arena, so one of the lessons from today

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is having set messages of reassurance we can put out,

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as opposed to just messages of what to do if there

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was an incident. And he says if today

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had been more serious, islanders would have been

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warned to stay indoors. But there are no plans to give out

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protective iodine tablets, which people living around

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Flamanville get. They are of limited use,

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they are in certain situations, we're not in the zone

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that requires iodine tablets, but clearly we have

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the contingencies in place and people will be informed

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of the right thing to do On a clear day,

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you can see the power station from here on the northeast coast

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of Jersey. And of course

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it's even closer from Alderney. And while authorities say

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today's explosion thankfully it's a reminder of the importance

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of having emergency plans in place and just how close

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the Channel Islands are to any risk. Although islanders are being

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reassured there's no radiation leak, Flamanville is already at the centre

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of a deep controversy in France over the future

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of its nuclear industry and the degree to which

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its engineering can be trusted. I've been speaking to

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nuclear consultant John Large, who told me what he made

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of today's events. Well, there's not information the

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McAnuff information coming out, we don't know how serious it is and

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whether it affects the nuclear part of the plant. But generally the

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history of nuclear accidents has shown, from Windscale in the 1950s,

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through to Chernobyl, and most recently Fukushima in Japan, is that

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generally the authorities play down the nuclear aspects at the very

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beginning of the incident. And the truth and the fact of the matter

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only come out later. This could be a is you is incident that is yet to be

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fully reported. -- a serious incident. The plans have to be very

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comprehensive, they have to cater for the rest of the accident and the

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scale of the accident, of any radioactive fallout. So that beans

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you have to have an information channel established with the French

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operator and authorities. -- so that means. So that as the accident

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develops, and if there is a radioactive plume, as that

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approaches, you need a very comprehensive integrated system that

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takes account of the weather, the atmospheric stability, and what

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measures you have in place on the island to actually mitigate and

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countermeasure against a radiation explosion. It is a quite complex

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system that needs to be modelled and put in place. Knowing what you know,

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would you be happy to live in the Channel Islands? I always dodge

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answering that question! The Channel Islands are a delightful place, I'd

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be happy to live there. Any man-made enterprise or venture has risk, and

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it is whether the people of the Channel Islands wants to live

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without risk. If they are properly informed, and not given the line but

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properly informed about the risk, then they can make the decision.

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Residents in a St Helier neighbourhood have

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told the BBC they're scared to park their cars

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outside their homes following a campaign of vandalism.

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?10,000 worth of damage has been caused

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to dozens of cars since October last year.

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And Jersey Police believe those responsible

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might be angry at parking issues in the area.

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The 18-year-old student was very proud of her Citroen.

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by someone with a strong grip on a set of keys.

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One day, it just started getting keyed.

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I don't know why, but I've got over 12 scratches,

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like key marks on my car, on every surface.

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My friends are scared to come up and park by my house,

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I'm always the one to go and get them,

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or they have to park quite far away

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of getting their nice cars damaged or anything.

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And Molly's not the only person to have been affected in this area.

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I spoke to one woman on this street who told me

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her son's car was damaged, costing around ?400 to fix.

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And another woman told me she damaged her own car

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by trying to avoid a car that was illegally parked.

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And these are the issues causing tension.

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It's quite spread out, so we have four or five

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which makes it quite difficult to identify exactly what's happening.

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What we're asking people to do is take a calm approach

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to perhaps a vehicle that they find in front of their house,

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or in front of a friend's or neighbour's vehicle.

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But then for that community and those people to keep a look out.

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because of the way the offences are spread across this area,

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that it's highly likely that whoever is responsible lives in the area.

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Plain-clothed police officers will be working here

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And if you know anything about who did this to Molly's car,

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and her neighbours', you're asked to come forward.

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An Aurigny aircraft bound for Guernsey from Manchester

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had to do an emergency diversion to East Midlands

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because of a bad decision by the pilot,

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according to the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

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It says he was wrong not to de-ice the plane before taking off

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last March and describes it as a serious incident.

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Well, earlier I asked our reporter Mike Wilkins

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Well, we know snow was falling at Manchester Airport.

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The report says the crew had little experience

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They made a decision that de-icing was probably

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The commander said, "The snow doesn't appear to be sticking,

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so I think we can get away without de-icing."

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Later, he said he was prepared to have delayed departure

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if he believed de-icing was needed.

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The pilot did make a visible inspection of the aircraft,

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and the report says he "optimistically thought

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any lying snow would blow off on takeoff."

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What happened after the plane had taken off?

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a minute after taking off from Manchester,

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but it disengaged about two minutes after that.

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A pitch warning message was displayed.

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Two more attempts to use autopilot both saw it disengage.

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It's believed a build-up of ice on the tail

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led to difficulties with pitch controls.

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The pilot said, quote, "I want to divert to East Midlands

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because I'm having to put forward pressure on."

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The plane landed safely, and all 31 passengers and crew were fine.

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Aurigny didn't think it was a serious incident,

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to inform the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

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And what have Aurigny done to improve their safety?

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No-one from Aurigny was available for TV interview today,

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but it says the experienced pilot left

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the company shortly afterwards - we're not sure where to.

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Aurigny says it has procedures in place for de-icing

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It has since improved its winter awareness training.

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But I've spoken with the AAIB today, who have confirmed

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that they are investigating a second incident

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which happened in December involving the same aircraft,

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which once again had to land due to ice-related problems.

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You're watching the BBC in the Channel Islands.

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Later in Spotlight with Justin and Natalie,

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a mixed martial arts fighter from Somerset is heading to Las Vegas.

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Engineers will closely montior a badly damaged sea wall

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at Guernsey's L'Ancresse Bay, but it won't be fixed.

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It was damaged back in 2014 and concerns have been raised

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about how long it's taking to repair.

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say the plan is to let it decline over time,

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as in the long term a wall isn't the best option for the area.

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It is a cement tank wall, and yes, we might have some sentimental

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attachment to it, but at the same time in its natural state, what it

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would become would be much easier to maintain and better.

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It's almost the start of another weekend,

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Lets see if it's set to continue with David Braine.

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Thank you, Charlie, hello, good evening. The cold as well and truly

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arrived across the islands, and it is going to stick with us. We have a

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continued risk of showers tomorrow, some of them wintry, quite a lot of

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cloud around, definitely a cold easterly wind giving us the headache

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at the moment, because it is drawing in and very cold air, and a lot of

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cloud coming our way too. This area of low pressure is not going far at

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the moment, but these easterly winds are of concern, because they

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continue to feed in some pretty low temperatures through the day

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tomorrow and into the start of the weekend, as high pressure becomes

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established across the western side of Britain and we keep this area of

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low pressure over Spain and Portugal. So that is the setup, it

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looks like overnight we will see a few showers dotted around, quite a

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lot of cloud to the English Channel, producing a few showers, mostly to

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the north of Alderney. Overnight tonight, a cancer of the odd wintry

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showers on the easterly wind, some clear skies at times, temperatures

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down to two or three degrees. Just about cold enough for a touch of

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frost. Tomorrow, showers again, most likely for Guernsey and Alderney. St

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Helier may stay in the sunshine until later in the afternoon before

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showers arrived here too. Most of the showers will be rain, but there

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could be sleet at times, and 5 degrees is the top temperature. With

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the wind from the north-east, that will feel pretty cold. These are the

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times of high water. Most of the beaches will be clean.

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Some wintry showers possible again on Wednesday, Saturday is even

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colder, so some of those showers will be of sleet or even snow.

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Sunday, rather cloudy, and the transition into Monday is slightly

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less cold, but looking fraught at this stage. Charlie.

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Before we go a reminder of our top story in the Channel islands.

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Authorities say there's no risk to residents following an explosion

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at a nuclear power plant 20 miles across the water.

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The blast at Flamanville in Normandy was caused by a fire.

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Five people were treated, but there were no serious injuries,

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and French officials say there's no danger of a radiation leak.

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That is it, I am back at eight o'clock and then again at 10:20

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five. Until good evening. of harnessing the power of the sea

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and converting it into electricity is to connect to the wave power

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research project off the coast The multi-million pound prototype

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will arrive next year. Meanwhile, a scale model

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is currently being tested as our Environment

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Correspondent Adrian Campbell This is the dream, an array

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of devices to harness energy In New England, a huge prototype

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is already being built. Now the company backing the design

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is testing a scale model By 2018, the first vessel should be

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connected to Wave Hub, Each turbine could generate

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twice as much electricity It's the size of a Boeing 747,

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and we're putting in tremendous masses, the weight of a freight

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train moving through. the freight train powers

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on through and then as the vessel pitches the other way,

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it powers back the other way, and we can convert that rolling

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motion directly into electrical Wave Hub is an undersea electrical

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socket linked to the National Grid. It's cost tens of millions of pounds

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to put on the sea bed, and this announcement marks

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an important development in its history, because so far,

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it hasn't sent any electricity Unfortunately, there hasn't

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been any electricity We have worked very hard

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with several technology companies to try and enable them

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to demonstrate their But with the plans we're

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hearing about today As you can see, this scale model

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is doing well in the tests it is undergoing in the tanks

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here at Plymouth University. The real thing itself will be 60

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times the size of this. The American backers of this scheme

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believe it's important to think big to produce the amount of clean

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and affordable electricity that this country and the rest of the world

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will need in the coming years. the philosophical questions

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being posed to children. I am here at Bowhill primary in

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Exeter, where children are being asked some of life? Biggest

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questions. Like what is art, and what is bravery?

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Now, red double decker buses might be synonymous with London

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but from today, a state of the art fleet of double deckers will be part

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Bus operator First Kernow has officially unveiled its new fleet,

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having spent ?7.4 million on them - they come complete

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with tables and free wi fi, but will they actually

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Lucie Fisher went along for the ride.

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Certainly true that they don't want people to miss the fact that these

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buses are being launched. So how are they going down with locals?

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Fantastic. It's great to have new things for Cornwall. I think the

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future is buses for Cornwall. We need to have more to get around.

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Surprise to see a red bus. Well, it's a red bus! Nice. Caught the

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tinner, they have been carefully branded with a Cornish list. And

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there is no. The idea is that these will be modern buses for the modern

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world, so they are fitted with USB ports and in the next year, they

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will be contactless, so you can pay with a card. Is a major investment

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at ?7.5 million, but has it come at another cost? Did you cherry pick

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services, to have those most profitable? No. We have obviously

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put these vehicles onto our busiest routes. That is, and commercial

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business sense. We have got to make these buses pay for themselves, but

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the ongoing plan is to obviously start to improve the rest of the

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network. We are in the process of designing the network and working

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out how to do smart ticketing so that people can buy products on both

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networks, and we are looking at a rich network which covers as

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comprehensive and area as we can. Overall, feedback here has been

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possible. Top -- positive. Any improvement in public transport is

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good for us and good for the environment. We get so excited now

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every time we are driving down the A30. Oh, tinner! There is this big

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red thing coming at you, and they are shiny and new and just lovely.

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A mixed martial arts fighter from Somerset is heading stateside

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It's a sport with a fast growing international audience and now

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former plasterer Mark Godbeer from Bridgewater has his

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sights set on glory - and possible riches.

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It is the most brutal of fight sports.

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But with the high risks come high rewards.

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Especially for the biggest stars, like the bearded

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Irishman Conor McGregor, now said to be worth

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A million miles away, you might think, from this small

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industrial estate in the middle of rural Somerset.

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But inside a converted workshop, a former plasterer has stars,

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Do you get scared when you get in the ring?

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I think that's what I'm addicted to, the fear factor.

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So, yeah, I suppose I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie.

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This is Mark Godbeer, who in the sport of mixed martial

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arts is already at the top of his game in this country.

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Finally, out of Somerset, England, Mark...!

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And in less than a month's time, he will be heading off to Las Vegas,

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to Las Vegas, stepping into what is the Premier League

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of his sport, UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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I'm representing the UK now, not just little old Somerset.

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So I'm happy, really happy to be here.

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My journey has just begun, so let's see where it takes me.

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Those who work with him, sometimes painfully,

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believe he has what it takes to make it in a sport which is

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in essence a mixture of boxing and kickboxing.

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He's been through every single person in the branch division,

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And without sounding arrogant, there was no real

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It's a long way from Somerset to Vegas, but Mark will take

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That is a proper American name, Todd Duffy.

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Great philosophical questions are being posed

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It's hoped grappling with difficult concepts will help

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The trial is being run by the University of Exeter and five

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primary schools in the city are taking part.

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I'd like to know, what's the meaning of life?

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If you're a parent, you will know all about answering

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difficult questions, so you may smile wryly now

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the tables are being turned on the children.

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But the truth is, whatever that may be, that these youngsters

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are doing a good job, whatever good means.

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I think to be good, it means that you have to be

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Obviously, there's different opinions of good, so good to you

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can be doing the simplest thing, like walking instead of running

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Big questions are being posed to the children as part

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of a philosophy project designed to get them thinking.

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Today, they are debating what it is to brave.

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Bravery is doing something you're scared of doing,

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without being prompted to do it, and knowing that you're going to be

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A postgrad student at University of Exeter is behind the scheme,

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which is being tried out at five primary schools in Devon.

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At the heart of these sessions is the sense that children can learn

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to disagree with each other, but in a way that's

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rational so they don't get argumentative about it.

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It's not about everyone having the same opinion,

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because when they leave school, they're going to face those

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situations and those sort of questions all the time.

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If you rob a bank but it's in a town that no one lives in...

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It's hoped that the weekly sessions will improve communication

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Certainly, young minds do like to enquire.

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Clearly a question with many answers.

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I don't know where to begin with that one! We have that debate in the

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newsroom every day. But we should always end with the weather. And

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what is whether, David? At the moment, it's mostly cold! It

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is certainly chilly today. We have had a temperature is no more than

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four or 5 degrees for most of us. But you have been out taking your

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photographs. This is a beautiful shot of the blue skies we saw

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earlier today. Not so sunny towards Somerset. Temperatures really have

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struggled today, especially across parts of Dorset and Somerset.

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Slightly less cold as you get towards the coast line, but for all

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of us, it has been pretty chilly, still in the grip of winter. But not

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all of our plants are paying attention to that. This is Ka Hayes,

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where there was some sunshine, and the flowers seem to be coming out,

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the Magnolia 's and other flowers beginning to appear. These pictures

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were filmed by our cameraman Tristan. A beautiful, springlike day

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here, but but the temperatures have not reflected those figures. We have

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been pretty cold right across the south-west today. If anything, it's

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going to get colder. Tomorrow, it looks like we will see some

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sunshine, but briefly, plus more clout than we have seen today and

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the risk of wintry showers. And for all of us, it's going to feel very

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cold indeed. The reason is in an area of low pressure across Spain

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and Portugal which is staying stationary and whilst that happens,

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it draws air from the east, and that is to leave will continue not just

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for tomorrow, but continuing into the weekend. As an area of high

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pressure settles in across the north of Ireland, we draw in the air from

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southern parts of Scandinavia, from Poland and eastern parts of Germany,

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where temperatures today have not been much more than one or 2 degrees

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above freezing. So it's going to be cold. There is also the chance of

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cloud embedded in that flow, generating showers. There are a few

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tonight, mostly along the south coast, where they will probably fall

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as rain. But if you get higher up, particularly the southern slopes of

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Dartmoor, they could fall as sleet and snow. It will be a cold night

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for all of us, temperatures hovering around freezing for most locations.

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The breeze helps keep temperatures up, but a frost is possible. More

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showers tomorrow, mostly through the Channel. A few creep into parts of

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Dorset and Somerset, and they will have a wintry flavour. A flurry of

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snow is possible. Temperatures may get up to 5 degrees but for most of

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us, it will be below that. And with a brisk wind from the East or

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Northeast, it will feel bitterly cold. One of the warmest places in

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the country is likely to be the Isles of Scilly. But it will not

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feel that one, because it will be windy.

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And for our surface, there are some clean surf. The waves are not very

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big now. The forecast for the coastal waters keeps the wind is

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going right through tonight and tomorrow. It is mainly an easterly,

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becoming north-easterly. Generally good visibility outside the showers.

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The weekend will gradually get warmer, but temperatures will not

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change a great deal. The only real change is on Monday, when we see

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slightly less cold air coming from the south-east and temperatures back

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up. For the weekend, birthdays are predominantly dry, with the risk of

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some overnight frost. A brisk winds from the East. Next week, it looks

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like we will start to see a change as we see more at coming up from the

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south, but that is a long way away. For the moment, it is cold.

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That is it from us, but Andy will be here with an update at ten and we

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will all be back at 6.30 tomorrow. From all of us on Spotlight, good

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night. OK, everyone, have you got

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your bamboo sticks? If you just paint

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what you want to paint, I've turned around,

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my painting washes away. ..and take on

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The Big Painting Challenge. Remember, you're not painting

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a pond.

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