22/08/2016 Reporting Scotland


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Quincy Jones. Join me now on BBC Two.

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Here on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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It seems that a bid to refloat a massive drilling rig stranded

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off the Isle of Lewis has been successful.

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Within the last half hour a combination of high tide and two

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tugs have managed to refloat the 17,000 tonne Transocean Winner

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which was blown ashore during a storm two weeks ago.

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However the success of the operation may still hang in the balance

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depending on how much damage the rig has sustained below the water.

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Up to a hundred people gathered on Dalmore beach this evening

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The salvage team hopes to tow the rig to the east side

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A BBC Scotland investigation has found that the vast majority

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of new schools built under a private funding scheme

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So-called Private Finance Initiatives, allow private

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companies to take a stake in, build, and then run

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17 schools built under one of these schemes in Edinburgh had to be

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closed for safety reasons as Fiona Walker reports.

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Pupils and teachers are back to work after the summer. They are about to

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schools that have been closed over safety fears. The problems came to

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light when this wall collapsed into the playground during a storm in

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January. It is really distressing to be honest. It has made it very

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upsetting for parents knowing that we trust when we drop our children

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off at school that they are going to be kept safe. We do not want them

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off at school that they are going to going to buildings that are unsafe.

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What surprised parents IDs are relatively new schools. They are

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always private financed ones which means they are built and managed by

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a private company. Hundreds have been built in the UK. No stakes are

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bought and sold on financial markets. The whole PFI machine is

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the profit machine. There are an awful lot of people making

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substantial sums of money out of it. This has nothing to do with and no

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benefit to Edinburgh was Mark schools. Research shown to the BBC

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suggests that in Scotland alone the vast majority of PFI schools are at

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least partially owned offshore. What we do not know is how much money is

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being made except for one seal which included the 17 Edinburgh schools

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where we know that one company made what some would call a super profit

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of more than 40%. That is a very high profit but what you have to

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look at in terms of the way the council provided that service is

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what happens to the project over the 30 year he viewed. Given what has

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happened, a Wall has fallen down, does that provide value for money?

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We did a comparison between public procurement and Private procurement

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and we find this model gave better value. This should be no bearing on

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safety but for families their faith in the system has been shaken.

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Nobody had really been held accountable for what has happened

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and putting so many children's lives at risk really. The enquiry into the

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construction failures at the Adam Bristol 's will consider whether the

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Private Finance scheme contributed to the crisis year. If it did it to

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change the way schools and hospitals are funded across the UK.

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The leader of the Labour party in Scotland says the leader

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of the UK party couldn't win a general election.

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Kezia Dugdale has said she will back Owen Smith in his leadership

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challenge to Jeremy Corbyn - the ballot papers for

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardly reports.

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The Scottish Labour leader and her UK counterpart in better times.

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Kezia Dugdale had said Jeremy Corbyn's election at Labour leader

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She thinks this man is in a better position to unite the party and win

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I think Owen Smith represents the best

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combination of radical policies, combined with a credible plan of how

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I came into politics to see a Labour government deliver a

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fairer and more equal United Kingdom.

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That isn't a view shared by everyone in Scottish Labour.

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Most local parties who backed the

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His supporters thinks he has the backing

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Jeremy offers the alternative that the

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It is looking good at the moment, from indications

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Who are some of the key players backing?

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Mr Smith has the support of Scotland's only

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The decision was criticised by Kezia Dugdale's

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He said plotters were putting self interest first.

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And the new Shadow Scottish Secretary says Kezia Dugdale needs

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to get behind Mr Corbyn if he wins again.

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Dave Anderson does not speak for the Scottish Labour Party,

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or Jeremy Corbyn either, on the issue

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of the Progressive Alliance of the SNP.

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I work with Jeremy Corbyn all the time.

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It is possible to have a free and frank debate and come to a different

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conclusion on an issue like this, and still work together.

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We will hear more from these two men and

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what they are offering Scots when they visit Glasgow on Thursday.

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And earlier I asked him, where does it leave Kezia Dugdale

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Some believe that the Scottish Labour leader should not have

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publicly endorsed a candidate in this race. The say Kezia Dugdale

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will have to work with whoever wins and her comments today could make a

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future relationship with Mr Corbyn more difficult. For her part Kezia

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Dugdale said this is so important she could not sit by and not

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Gebhardt opinion. The suggestion that she could mark meth Mr Corbyn

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again in the future if needs be. Ian are some serious splits in the

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Labour Party both in the UK and even Scotland. It will be a key challenge

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for the Labour leader and for Kezia Dugdale to try and heal some of

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those wins. It is unlikely to be an easy one.

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A lecturer has admitting killing his wife after wrongly

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believing he was not the father of their two children.

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Robert Kerr stabbed Xin Xin Liu at their home in Newton Mearns,

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He was originally charged with murder - but the Crown

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accepted his plea of culpable homicide on the grounds

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of diminished responsibility after it emerged he suffered

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"an abnormality of the mind" at the time of the attack.

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The completion of a new children's hospital in Edinburgh is to be

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delayed, after two construction firms involved in

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The ?150 million Royal Hospital for Sick Children was due to open

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next autumn but NHS Lothian says that will be now be delayed

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The firms involved were Dunne Group and JB Brickwork.

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The headteacher of a young boy who died along with his mother

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after being swept out to sea in Aberdeen has described him

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Six-year-old Lucas Walker was playing on the beach on Saturday

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His mother Julie, who tried to save him, also died.

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The youngster's 13-year-old brother Samuel, who also went

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to their rescue, is said to be recovering well.

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Some of Scotland's biggest local authorities are threatening to take

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The four - including Glasgow and Aberdeen -

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are angry they won't be included in final negotiations over next

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The government says it only negotiates with the local government

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body COSLA which these four local authorities chose to leave

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but the government says it will still consult with them.

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Football now and the Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says "now

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is the time" for his young talent to shine.

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He's named his squad for the first of the qualifiers

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That game's against Malta in two weeks' time.

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Good afternoon, I'm great, very good.

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The Scotland manager in good fettle as a new campaign approaches

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Callum Paterson, Keirin Tierney, John

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McGinn and Barry Mackay each have just one cap.

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Oliver Bekker Steven but all could play a role as

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Scotland begin their quest to reach Russia 2018.

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They have proved to us on and off the

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pitch that we can rely on them to trust them.

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We hope over the next year that they will progress at

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their clubs and that will help us out.

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Those options were among a number of issues for Strachan

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Some offer greater cause for optimism than others.

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Great options at left-back with Robinson and Tierney,

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but the same cannot be said of central defence or right back.

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A lack of a robust defender is an issue.

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I would say in the middle of the park with Scott Brown retiring

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and James McArthur still being unfit, that is an issue as well.

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Gordon Strachan wants the driving energy

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that Brown gave him, that is

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an issue he has to address, physical momentum in the middle of the park.

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It is not often we go into a qualifying

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campaign with a strike in such terrific form as Leigh Griffiths,

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so that is a real bonus for Gordon Strachan to have.

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Perhaps the one worry that the Tartan Army have

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No McCormack and no Shaun Maloney either,

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the Hull City player was

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Scotland's top scorer in the last campaign but according to Strachan

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hasn't played enough recently to make the squad.

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It may not be his time, then, but this time would be a

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good time to wash away memories of nine consecutive failed

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A King penguin at Edinburgh zoo has been made a Brigadier

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Sir Nils Olav also became Baron of a Norwegian island.

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An Edinburgh penguin's been the mascot of the Guard since 1972.

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The zoo says Nils has been practising hard every day

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When he hears the music or the singing of the Kings

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guard, he knows that is meant for him,

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or we think he knows that is

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meant to him and he walked right up to the front of the enclosure.

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Well, It's over to Christopher now with the weather outlook

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Some lovely son Jett charts coming in us tonight. Dry but a different

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story tomorrow. Rain across the south-west through entire, you sure,

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Dumfries Galloway. Surface spree on the Lords. Caps not quite as much

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rain as we are seeing on these charts the but an unsettled start.

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Dry further north with some early brightness but cloud will thicken

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during the day and you will see some spills of an, too. The wet weather

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starting to edge or words during the course of Tuesday. Turning light and

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more patchy in nature. It is part of a weather front which stretches down

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through parts of Northern Ireland and is also a dividing line between

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quite what decisions both of the border. Temperatures up to 30

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Celsius across the south-east of England with decent spell of

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sunshine year. Where we have the cloud and wet weather will be cooler

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but not cold. It will feel muddy in the afternoon with the cloud and

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outbreaks of rain. Some extensive hill fog in the mix as well. The

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rain will move northwards through the afternoon and the fact that

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weather front starting to pet up again ringing a spell of Andre rain

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across the South stretching into words the capital, Fife, Angus and

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Aberdeenshire. Short-lived but packing a punch. By Wednesday

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morning still with us but cleaning away. The rest of us will have

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fairly decent conditions. Bright and sunny. Some cloud again to the south

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and east on Wednesday. I find it fresher but pleasant with

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temperatures around 20 or 21 Celsius with some sunshine. Looking ahead

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towards Thursday low-pressure right in the Atlantic but again the hot

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air edging up from the new continents barking through a

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viewfinder storms from parts of the Midlands and perhaps fringing

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towards southern Scotland. For many on Thursday it is a cloudy day with

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just the few showers around. Highs of 18. That is the forecast for now.

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Our next update is during Breakfast at 6.25 tomorrow morning.

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