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

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The First Minister says fundamental issues about Scotland's future have

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been raised by the Supreme Court ruling, that Holyrood does not need

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The court found that MPs should have a say

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on triggering Article 50 - but ministers are not legally

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compelled to seek approval from the devolved administrations.

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In a moment we'll ask whether this takes us closer to a second

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But first, our Westminster correspondent Nick Eardley has this

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Time to find out who has the power to fire the starting gun on Brexit.

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This morning, all eyes were on the Supreme Court as it delivered a

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landmark ruling on the legal basis for triggering Article 50. By a

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majority 8-3, the Supreme Court rules that the government cannot

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trigger Article 50 without an act of Parliament authorising it to do so.

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On the devolution issues, the court unanimously rules that UK ministers

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are not legally compelled to consult the devolved legislatures before

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triggering Article 50. This case was never Brexit whether that read about

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whether Brexit happens, but how. The Prime Minister showed last week pass

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towards the hardest of hard Brexit is. I do believe there is a majority

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for that in the House of Commons, and certainly not across the

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country. This is an opportunity for a House of Commons to assert itself

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and have a say, but not just on the narrow question, but the board are

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of negotiation as well. The Scottish parliament will still vote on

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article 54 political pressure still matters. Legally, it will be in

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Westminster that they all have joined a shredder and article -- on

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Article 50. We will within days introduce legislation to give the

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government legal power to trigger Article 50 and begin the formal

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process of withdrawal. Other parties won't make that simple. The SNP

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wants unanimous agreement from devolved governments. Without that,

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it will vote against Article 50. Scotland's Labour MP says he's

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prepared to vote against the government, too. The Labour leader

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says his party will... Support Article 50 being triggered, we have

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made that clear. That is a result of the referendum we have to respect

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that. It doesn't mean we have deep debt and we abdicate the field, it

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means we pressure on the long-term direction this country wants to go.

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This implies that the process will be backed. With your depth possibly

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voting against two, it means just perhaps one of Scotland's MPs will

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vote for. I believe the people of Scotland want the two governments to

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work together and get on with ensuring we can negotiate with a 27

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other countries that best possible deal for leaving the EU. The UK

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Government hopes it can get approval to start the process, and quickly.

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The legal questions over Article 50 are over. It's back to politics. And

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that politics continues this week. It is expected on Thursday that the

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government will publish the legislation it hopes will allow it

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to trigger Article 50. It then hopes that it can get that through the

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House of Commons within a fortnight. As we have heard, there will be

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amendments. The SNP alone say they could table up to 50, Labour and the

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S agree the UK Government needs to provide more detail. Whatever

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happens in the building behind me, the tensions between the Scottish

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Government and UK Government -- and the SNP. Over Brexit show no signs

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of abating. We are still at the start of the process of finding out

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what the ramifications of a Brexit vote are. And what the future holds.

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The First Minister has repeatedly warned that a second independence

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Andrew Black has been trying to find out.

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Just before the last Westminster election, Nicola Sturgeon revealed

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what it might take to call a second independence referendum. I don't

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know. Perhaps if the Tories wanted to drag is out of the European Union

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against our will, for example. APPLAUSE

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After most of Scotland voted to stay in the EU, she said this... I think

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an independence referendum is now highly likely. She then said that

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staying in the single market would remove the short-term prospect of a

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second independence referendum. If we can find a way of protecting

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Scotland's economic interest, protecting our democratic interest

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within the UK, I'm up for trying to do that. And taking independence of

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the table in the short-term? In a Brexit, that is what I have been

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clearer about. When the PM it out, she hit back. Some regard make a

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second referendum all but inevitable for independence? I think that is

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very likely the case. Why likely and not definitely? The S never wanted

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a referendum under the circumstances. -- the SNP. The rest

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of the UK's outside Europe, you've got a single market, a European hard

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boundary between England and Scotland, which we wouldn't have had

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last time. So there was -- they wanted a referendum with both

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countries inside the EU. The polls are showing support for independence

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pretty much where it was in 2014. I have made it very clear that that

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option is very much on the table, and as I have said before, I think

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with every day that passes right now, it's becoming clear that

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Scotland's voice cannot end is not able to be heard within the UK on

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this question. Nicola Sturgeon says she will ever get what -- give up on

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independence in the long term. The question of when we might get

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another referendum remains unanswered.

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Earlier our political editor Brian Taylor was at Holyrood,

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and we asked Why doesn't Nicola Sturgeon call

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Nicola Sturgeon doesn't want to hold a referendum, she wants to win one,

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and these are not particularly good circumstances, nor the time of her

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choosing. If she is to hold one, and I think she will, then there has to

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be preparing the ground beforehand. I think she wants to several things.

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First, she is genuinely seeking in discussions with the UK Government

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to get concessions towards Scotland's interests as she sees

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them. Second, she wants to prolong those discussions in order to enable

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the late. Third, if there is to be a referendum, she was to be able to

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say to British people, the Scottish people, I did everything in my power

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to try and strike a deal within the UK, and it proved impossible. She

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wants to set the grounding for that referendum if and when it occurs.

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How to keep Scotland's lights on, as our energy demands increase.

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Today the Scottish Government published its vision

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for the transition away from oil and gas, towards an emphasis

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on renewable sources - and its most ambitious target yet.

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But a return to coal could be on the cards.

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Our environment correspondent Keven Keane reports.

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It was the end of an era as Scotland's last

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coal-fired power station was finally shut down.

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But now this and other locations could be reborn from the

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ashes as ministers propose repowering some infrastructure.

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This site is due for demolition, but is the location which is of value,

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right in the middle of a power line network.

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If carbon capture can be revived, ministers are not ruling

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When it comes to carbon capture and storage,

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we may trial in Scotland, but we have enough resource with the

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technology we have today to meet our carbon emissions within this

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Many of today's announcements were in last week's

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climate plan, but a new target was set, creating half of our energy

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needs from renewables by the end of the decade.

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It is ambitious and it will be challenging, but the

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modelling we have done suggests that we are

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in the right ballpark between

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With the initiatives we put in our climate change plan, we

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The target is a tough one, not least because of

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a drive to rely more on

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electricity for our heating and to power

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our cars, so the demand is

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And there is still no intention to extend the lives of

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our nuclear power stations at Torness and Hunterston,

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This could have been written on the back of a beer mat.

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It is not going to tackle the issue of where our

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industry in Scotland gets its energy from.

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It is not going to tackle how we keep the lights on and the

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Scottish Government admit we have a problem with how we produce

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It is not going to with fuel poverty.

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In the 1970s, this was the future, and would change our lives.

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Ministers are to explore replacing the natural gas in our

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pipes with hydrogen, but that's a long way into the future.

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An Aberdeenshire restaurant manager who killed a chef in a row over

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a takeaway order has been jailed for 32 months.

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Hidayet Ozden repeatedly punched Shahzad Shah

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at the Mirchi Indian takeaway in Mintlaw in April last year.

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Ozden, who is from Falkirk, was charged with murder but later

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Up to 80 jobs are under threat at an Inverness company

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which makes products for the treatment of Diabetes.

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Lifescan's parent company Johnson and Johnson announced

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it is reviewing its options and it could sell the business.

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Lifescan currently employs 1,100 people in the Highland capital.

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The public watchdog Transport Focus says there's been

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a big fall in customer satisfaction with train services in Scotland -

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however levels remain higher, than in the UK as a whole

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ScotRail continues to face pressure over late and cancelled services.

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More than 1300 passengers were interviewed

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towards the end of last year, as part of a UK-wide survey.

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Its publication comes a day after ScotRail announced it had

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appointed Alex Hynes as its new boss.

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Sir David Attenborough, met Inti the Armadillo

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He posed with the hard-shelled creature to recreate a famous

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The veteran broadcaster is in the capital to collect

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a donation for the charity Fauna and Flora International,

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which works to conserve wildlife around the world.

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

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Good evening. We haven't seen much rain so far this month, and not much

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in the forecast over the next few days either. We did see the sun

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breaking through, here is a lovely sunset. Red sky at night, Shepherd's

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delight, it will be largely die leg dry day. The ever brings fairly

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cloudy and -- Friday. We'll see extensive freezing fog across the

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south-east of England, just be aware of that, because the fog will cause

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travel disruption tomorrow morning if you're heading down towards

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Gatwick, Heathrow or other airports down south. Tomorrow morning starts

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cloudy, breezy. A few spits and spots of rain, perhaps. It'll be a

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mild start, too. Temperatures rising to 7-9 C first thing tomorrow

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morning. I think we'll see 10 degrees. Thing are really shifting

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either. Gales over Shetland at some point during the day, too. This

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Lazarus of the morning is concerned, the cloud will thin and break.

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Something brighter tomorrow, Northern Isles not faring too badly

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either. As was the rest of UK's concerned, a similar story across

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the best of some trend towards Wales, staying cloudy and cold

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across south-east England. Temperatures here struggling,

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really, and that cloud. Come further north, you will see those values

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rising, as you can see. In Scotland, there is a potential tomorrow to see

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temperatures of 13 Celsius along here, widely reaching ten sources as

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well. Range is pushing into the Western Isles by the end of the

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afternoon. The rain leaves towards the north to ride, then dry with

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clearing skies tomorrow. The winds start to back into the south-east,

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drawing in colder air from the near continent. It has been very cold

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this winter so far. A window day -- windy day. Temperatures

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around five successes. That is your forecast.

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