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Welsh Labour distances itself from the UK party's leaked draft

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Party leader Tim Farron in Cardiff as the Welsh Liberal Democrats

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And creating power from local rivers - why many small,

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community energy schemes say they're in deep water.

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It's the document which is dominating the general

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election campaign tonight, but the Labour Party in Wales

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has distanced itself from the leaked UK manifesto.

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The party here says it will publish its own

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manifesto which will be - in their words -

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But how different can it be in a UK-wide election?

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Here's our political editor, Nick Servini.

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Senior figures from Welsh Labour heading to crucial talks

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There was supposed to be a week to go.

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Instead, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, hit a wall of reporters

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And this is what is in it about Wales -

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Just a short statement saying it is proud of the Welsh Labour

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Government and it will work to protect public services.

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Welsh Labour quickly responded by calling it

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an old version and said a distinct manifesto for Wales would be

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published, that would be a completely different document

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And after the leak showed major rises in public

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spending across the UK, the Welsh party's statement took a different

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angle, saying it takes a responsible approach to finance.

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It says, we have made tough but fair spending decisions

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throughout the last decade of shrinking budgets.

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The Welsh party has been stressing its own identity

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Welsh Labour really have tried to distance themselves

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from Jeremy Corbyn's campaign on this.

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I think, if you look at the polling, Jeremy Corbyn is seen as a much less

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popular leader than Carwyn Jones among voters in Wales.

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This is an election that's being framed all about the leadership.

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Carwyn Jones will want to project authority, experience from

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his eight years in Government here in the Senedd.

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In the middle of an election campaign, when there are politicians

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all over the place, to get them to talk about most issues is,

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We've contacted most of the Labour candidates across Wales,

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and the vast majority didn't want to speak to us about this.

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The way this document has been leaked in chaotic fashion is clearly

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You haven't yet seen the Welsh version and that has

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That hasn't been leaked to the press, so there will be

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an opportunity next week for people to see the exact version

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Because, obviously, since devolution, we've had

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Plaid say the internal leak shows some in Labour were more focused

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on damaging Mr Corbyn than anything else.

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While the Conservatives called it a shambles.

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The leaked manifesto proposes the renationalisation

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of the railways, as well as removing the cap on public sector workers

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How did that go down in Gower, the UK's most marginal constituency?

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The housing benefit, yes, I think should be restored.

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They can't get mortgages, they can't get homes, they can't rent.

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I am in agreement with a lot of the things, but I don't think

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they are going to come about because they haven't said

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where the money is going to come from, have they?

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And tonight, after talks on the Labour manifesto came

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to an end, the First Minister again stressed that the Welsh

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But also stressed the areas of shared passions throughout Labour.

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Both men probably also agree that today would have been best

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A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder

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by police searching for a missing woman near Rhyl.

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43-year-old mother of two, Tracey Kearns, from Kinmel Bay, has

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Police are carrying out inquiries in the area,

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Tracey's mum reported her concerns to North Wales Police yesterday

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after Tracey failed to meet a friend as arranged.

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We have not found Tracy, and today we've arrested a 40-year-old man,

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who was known to Tracey, on suspicion of murder.

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The man tasked with turning around the health board

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which covers North Wales after it was put in special measures

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says supervision could be lifted later this year, after improvements.

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However, speaking exclusively to BBC Wales, the chief executive

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of Betsi Cadwaldr admitted performance in some areas

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There's a whole range of waiting times I think

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Whether it's infections that are avoidable, or patients that

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might have a fall in our care, or patients who might

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I think people shouldn't wait some of the lenghts that they're waiting.

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And when they're in our care, I don't think they should expect any

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Plans for a Swansea Bay tidal lagoon would be approved by

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That was the party's message as it launched its general

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Leader Tim Farron said the party can present a more

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From Cardiff Bay, Carl Roberts reports.

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Tim Farron and some of his Welsh Lib Dem candidates

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taking a stroll around Cardiff Bay this morning.

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Mr Farron fears that the general election will be

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And he told party activists today that he was in Cardiff to change

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the tone of the election and present a more hopeful future than,

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he says, the Conservatives are offering post-Brexit.

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Mr Farron's visit to Cardiff Bay today coincides with a pledge

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to build a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.

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The Lib Dems want to add to the one Welsh seat they hold at Westminster,

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His visit to Cardiff today comes a week after the Lib Dems lost

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The Liberal Democrats would approve the building of the Swansea Bay

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The scheme's developers say electricity generated

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by the six-mile lagoon would power 150,000 homes for 120 years.

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The party says it would then want to see tidal developments

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around the coast of Wales - in Cardiff, Newport and Colwyn Bay.

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Before the project can go ahead, though, UK Government ministers

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would have to agree a deal on the level of subsidy required

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And a marine licence would also need to be approved.

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Quite frankly, some of us are fed up with constantly reminding

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the Government that they need to take action on this.

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Such is the enormity of this project for the renewables

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sector in south Wales, we need to get on with it.

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Britain can be a better place than the place Theresa May

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Tim Farron hopes the electoral tide is turning for his party and wants

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the Liberal Democrats to protect Wales against the threat

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of a Conservative landslide not seen since the 1980s.

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Many of us in the north of England and here in Wales do not need

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We remember what it would be like to be taken for granted by that

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If you want someone fighting your corner,

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then you want someone with an alternative vision

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And as the only party that did not back Theresa May's extreme version

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of Brexit over Article 50, the Liberal Democrats offer Britain

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real hope of real change and a decent opposition.

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But one Welsh MP between them is not the Lib Dems' aim.

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They lost two of their three parliamentary seats

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The Liberal Democrats hope they have weathered

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the political storm, though, and can add

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to their solitary MP on June the 8th.

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The future of many small hydro schemes -

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which pump money back into communities -

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is in jeopardy due to a sharp rise in business rates.

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That's the warning from two industry bodies, who've told BBC Wales that

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some green energy projects have seen rate increases up to 900%.

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Our environment correspondent Steffan Messenger has more.

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For the last year, the villagers of Abergwyngregyn in Gwynedd have

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been using their local river to generate electricity

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They used to pay ?900 a month as a tax to the local council.

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But after a recent revaluation of business rates across Wales

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and England, their bill has shot up to over ?2,000 a month.

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It's mainly volunteers that run community energy projects like this

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Their profits ploughed back into the local area -

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the upkeep of the village hall, for instance, or grants

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So to see a big chunk of those profits disappear as a result

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of this hike in business rates is, for many, hard to take.

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I am extremely annoyed - I have done this in good faith

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all these years and I expect the money that the hydro produces

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This increase is just out of all proportion.

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Gwynedd, with mountains and rivers aplenty, has become a hub

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for community hydro schemes in recent years.

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In Bethesda, where theirs has only just started generating,

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they're now predicting they'll make a loss each

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month, with no money at all for the local area.

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These projects have been set up for community enhancement,

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community sustainability, and this is ripping

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In Scotland, they have done something about it,

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they are giving 100% business rates relief, because they

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know it's of benefit to the communities that they serve.

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In Wales, there is nothing really for these medium to larger systems.

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The British Hydropower Association say a quirk in the way

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the rates are worked out is hitting their members

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particularly hard, and ultimately a change in the law

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In the meantime, the support available to help businesses

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pay their way is in the hands of the Welsh Government,

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and they believe ministers here could do more.

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You have a strategy that sets out your green agenda,

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and yet you're standing by while not only hydro

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schemes are suffering, but small businesses.

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And those small businesses, at some stage, will say,

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we cannot afford to pay these rates and therefore, they will abandon

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the schemes, and that's the last thing we want.

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The Labour-run Welsh government says it is aware of the situation

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and is considering whether to offer specific assistance with business

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Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems told us they would do that.

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While the Green Party said they'd scrap the taxes altogether

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Ukip and the Conservatives didn't respond.

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Meanwhile, the community energy sector, much favoured

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by politicians of all hues, says it's in deep water.

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Cardiff Castle looks a little different tonight

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as the city gets ready to stage the Champions League final.

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It's been taken over by a blue dragon, a giant trophy

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and photographs of players ahead of the clash between

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Real Madrid and Juventus on the 3rd of June.

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Work is well under way as the capital prepares

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A look at the weather now, Derek has the forecast.

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Greetings. As expected, we have seen a change in the weather today. The

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beautiful sunshine in the north this morning, and in Porthmadog, the

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temperature soared to 22 Celsius. But the humidity has been rising,

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and we've seen a few dark clouds and thundershowers as well. Tonight, a

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few scattered showers, rain in parts of South Wales, heavy in places. A

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much milder night, lowest temperatures around eight Celsius.

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Tomorrow morning, rain and showers around, but some places will try and

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brighten up with a little sunshine. Across the rest of the UK, low

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pressure will bring plenty of cloud. Rain and showers, heavy, thundery

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downpours in parts of England in the afternoon. Fewer showers in

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Scotland, some dry weather, the best of sunshine in the west. Top

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trumpeters in London, 19 Celsius, much cooler in northeast Scotland.

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Plenty of cloud in Wales tomorrow, thundery damp walls possible. A few

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miles around the road, next to no rain. Temperatures still feeling

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muggy. Tomorrow evening and overnight, longer spells of rain.

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Dry interludes as well, and another fairly mild night. Saturday and

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improving story, a few showers, heavy in the morning, clearing and

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brightening up through the day. Wind is picking up, more showers in the

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south west by evening. A spell of rain overnight on Saturday, that

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will clear leaving sunshine and showers by Sunday, becoming dry and

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feeling fresher. Much more changeable over the next few days

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compared to recently, but some sunshine over the weekend.

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We'll be back in Breakfast with updates from 6:25 tomorrow morning.

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For now, from all the late team, thanks for watching.

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