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us, you can keep up to date throughout the night with the BBC

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In Look East tonight. Full after a festive influx.

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Hospitals in our region at crisis point again.

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Doctors warn about the dormant illness with no symptoms.

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and temperatures dropping overnight, bringing a sharp frost. I will have

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all the River details. Winter pressures are pushing our

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hospitals to crisis point. Tonight the Lister,

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Milton Keynes Hospital, Kettering General and Peterborough

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are all on "black alert", meaning they are operating

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at full capacity. And Northampton General has more

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acute patients tonight than at Stuart Ratcliffe reports

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on what is causing the surge and The NHS in this region

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is feeling the pressure. We visited three hospitals today,

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starting in Northampton, where every year for the last

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decade, its A department

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has seen an increase We have shades of black

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almost now, like most In reality, what does it mean

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if a hospital is on black alert? It means we stop a lot of things

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that we would normally do and focus all of our attention

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on the urgent care situation. We might be stopping

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some routine operations But we are really spending

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every degree of effort, discretionary effort, particularly,

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on sorting this situation out. One particular pressure point this

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year has been the number of patients problems which could have been

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avoided had the patients sought help from their GP

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before infection set in. We had a very large number of people

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who required some mechanical support on ventilation,

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which is a technique we can use now. But that got to the point

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where we had to bring in more ventilators, we had to hire them in.

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We did that and it was great. People had to change

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what they were doing, in terms of teams supporting and caring

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for the very sick people. They did a fabulous job,

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but it was a lot of hard work. At Addenbrooke's in Cambridge,

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the hospital is not only it is also now trying to cope

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with an outbreak of flu. There are ten ward

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areas currently closed because of patients

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admitted with flu. We are putting restrictions on the

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number of visitors to the hospital, in order to reduce

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the risk Of people bringing flu into the hospital

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and transmitting that to both Over in Peterborough,

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the hospital is also struggling. It has gone beyond black alert,

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operating at 107% capacity. The more patients you have,

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the more difficult it becomes for us all to give the degree of care

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and attention that we want for each individual patient.

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So, it is certainly not a position any of us

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would like to be in. But we and our system

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partners are working as hard as we can, to try

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and get the number down and to try and increase the flow

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through the hospital and, therefore, reducing the pressure

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on our emergency department. Our ambulance services

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are also under pressure. Both the East of England and South

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Central seeing a surge in demand. The largest increase has been

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in the East Midlands. Over the Christmas

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and New Year period, the number of red calls, that is,

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potentially life-threatening calls, doubled and, in the first

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six hours of 2017, the ambulance service received

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1,153 emergency calls. What ambulance trusts

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and hospitals fear now is a sharp drop in temperature,

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which would undoubtedly bring Earlier, I spoke to Dr Adrian Boyle,

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from the College of Emergency Medicine and a consultant

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at A at Addenbrooke's, and asked why winter pressures this

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year are so bad. This situation has been

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building for a long time. We simply do not have enough beds

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and we are seeing real problems within social care,

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which means that outr Part of the reason for that is

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that we just cannot get people The advice to patients can be

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confusing, because you sometimes get told to stay away

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from A, but when you phone 101, you are often instructed

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to go to A Do patients receive

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a clear enough picture? These diversionary strategies, such

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as do not go to A, do not work. This is not really about people

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who should or should not be going to A,

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but is actually about people There is a big

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difference between that. WHat about the longer term?

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In 12 months' time, we do not want to be back

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in this situation again. Is it just a question of resources,

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to build more wards? The UK just does not have

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enough hospital beds. We actually have the least

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number of beds, per head of population, than any country

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in Europe, except Sweden. And in Sweden, social

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care is much better. We need more hospital beds

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and we also need better social care, so that we can use our

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expensive hospital beds sensibly. How can that happen?

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We keep hearing that the health services are having to make big

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efficiences all the time. You cannot really make

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us more efficient. We have had all the fat trimmed

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and now we are at the stage A 38-year-old man is being held

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by police in Cambridgeshire in connection with a fatal collision

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which left two men dead. The incident happened

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in Yaxley near The men, who have not been

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formally identified, The victims are believed

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to be in their late Officers searching for the driver

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of an abandoned BMW arrested a man It has been revealed that a level

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crossing in Bedfordshire where a driver died yesterday

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was due to be replaced The man's car was hit by a train

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close to Lidlington, near Marston Moretaine,

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at around ten o'clock British Transport Police

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are investigating. Network Rail say a consultation has

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already started to find a suitable The line is due to be upgraded,

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as part of plans to improve east-west rail links

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between Bedford and Cambridge. A leading supporter of the Leave

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campaign in last year's EU referendum has told

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Look East he is worried Peter Bone, the MP for

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Wellingborough, says members of the establishment are hoping

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to delay the process indefinitely. He says he will be pushing

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the Prime Minister to proceed We know there are certain people

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in Parliament who have made it clear that they don't accept the result

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and they want to play the long game. The longer before the exit

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from the EU, there's more chance of some event occurring

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which would stop it. Doctors in Peterborough

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say they are seeing a growing number of patients

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with "sleeping tuberculosis". Unlike active TB,

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there are no symptoms But health chiefs are keen

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to ensure the bug does not develop - or "wake up".

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Mousumi Bakshi reports. It is an airborne infection

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that affects the lungs. Tuberculosis was a big

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killer in this country Fast-forward to the 21st century

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and so-called sleeping tuberculosis As long as we pick it up

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early, it shouldn't cause At this clinic in Peterborough,

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patients deemed to be at risk from the latent infection

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are being invited in for screening. There is a lot of different groups

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coming to Peterborough, so obviously, as their doctors,

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we really want to protect them and we also want to protect our

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other patients, as well. So, I think, finding a disease

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like latent TB early and treating it helps protect both the patients,

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but also the rest of The vaccine for TB was phased out

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a decade ago, but rising levels of migration from high-risk

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countries has seen health bosses in Cambridgeshire introduce a pilot

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screening programme. We have got about 12 practices

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involved across Peterborough and the pilot has been

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running since May. We have had a fantastic

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response from our GP teams. They have screened over 250 people

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and we have now got 30 people in treatment for the latent form

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of the disease that, otherwise, would not have known

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that they had it. One of 60 programmes in the country,

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it has sent in the highest number Data from the region's clinical

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commissioning groups show that between 2013 and 2015, there were,

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on average, 26 cases of TB detected in Milton Keynes,

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42 across Northamptonshire, 63 in Luton, and 85

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in Cambridgeshire - the highest number in this

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part of the region. It is estimated that a third

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of the world's population is infected with latent

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TB and one in ten goes A century ago, TB was a big

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problem in this country, but improved housing and sanitation

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has seen a stark drop in figures. Scientists in this Cambridge

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laboratory have sequenced the TB genome, looking at drug-resistant

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bugs, in order to find In the United Kingdom,

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the rates of tuberculous have declined over the last few years

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and, I think, last year, there were about 6,000 cases,

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which was down from about But tuberculosis has never

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disappeared from the UK and is unlikely to do

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so in the foreseeable future. While latent TB is not contagious,

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doctors are urging people who have settled in this country in the past

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five years to be tested, in order to help eradicate this

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once-widespread illness. A writer from Cambridge has won

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a major award for his first novel. Francis Spufford is best-known

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for reference books But his latest publication,

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Golden Hill, is his And it has won the Costa Book Award

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for a debut novel. He told us it had taken him

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years to finally pluck up I always thought I had

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an appointment with fiction, Cowardice held be back for years

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and years and years. It is only now, in my fifties,

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that I felt that I would not make a total fool of

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myself if I did it. And that is the late

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news from Look East. We are back with news updates

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during BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning from 6.30am,

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but from me and the team here, goodnight and I will leave

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you with the weather from Alex. Hello.

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A cold night is expected for tonight, with clear skies

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expected across much of the region. There have been one of two showers

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over northern areas, but they will fade away

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and we will be left with really Temperatures down to minus 2-3

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Celsius in many places and perhaps We start the day

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tomorrow on a cold note. But high pressure is building across

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the British Isles through the day. Certainly, a frosty

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start for all of us. Possibly, one of two showers first

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thing across northern parts, but it is looking essentially

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like a dry day, with some long spells

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of wintry sunshine. We have still got a northerly

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breeze, but a lighter breeze But for some of us, temperatures not

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getting much above 3-4 Celsius, despite the sunshine.

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So, certainly a cold feel to things. The national weather coming up,

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but here is the outlook. Rain pushing in on Friday.

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We are expecting wet weather later on Friday.

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A milder air mass coming in for the weekend, so looking

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milder, with a lot of cloud around. two and turning milder into the

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weekend.

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