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

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Welcome to Wales Today - tonight's top stories: Jailed

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for a total of 14 years for causing the death of a young woman in this

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high-speed car chase.

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Sophie Taylor's mother says she's disappointed at their sentences.

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And one of Wales' biggest mountain rescue teams warns changes to pagers

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could affect their missions.

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Good evening.

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Like a pack chasing its prey - the words of the judge sentencing

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a woman and her ex-boyfriend, for killing his former partner,

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after a car chase across Cardiff.

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Sophie Taylor died when her BMW hit a block of flats.

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Tonight, Michael Wheeler is starting a seven and a half year jail term,

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Melissa Pesticcio will serve six and a half years.

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They released pink balloons on the steps of the court today,

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in memory of Sophie Taylor.

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Pink had been the 22-year-old call centre worker's favourite colour.

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She died in a late-night car crash last year but the fatal

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collision was no accident.

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Today, those responsible for her death were jailed.

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She was loving, giving and trusting and those qualities in her work

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completely abused by these two, I can't even call them human beings.

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All three had been involved in a love triangle.

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Caught on CCTV last August, Sophie Taylor is seen being chased

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by Melissa Pesticcio, who was angry and jealous.

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Also giving chase was Michael Wheeler, who had been

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in a relationship with both women.

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The pursuit of Miss Taylor's BMW by Melissa Pesticcio in another

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BMW and Michael Wheeler in his Vauxhall Corsa

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lasted three miles from the Rumney area to Adamsdown.

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They reached speeds of 56mph along the narrow backstreets

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in what was described in court as a fast and furious style chase.

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As they entered Adamsdown, Sophie and her passenger Josh

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were so frightened that they dialled 999, reporting that they were

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being chased at speed.

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Then, on the emergency call, a loud bang is heard.

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Sophie's car had been violently rammed, sending it into a spin,

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crashing into this block of flats.

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Sophie was killed, her passenger suffered life changing injuries.

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He spent 101 days in hospital and was in a medically

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induced coma for two weeks.

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He told the court the injuries had robbed him of his dignity.

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I had a brain bleed, I had brain swelling,

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I have got a permanent frontal lobe injury.

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Four of my ribs broke, which punctured my lung.

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Shattered my pelvis, front and back.

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The court heard Melissa Pesticcio had sent a text message to another

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friend discussing Sophie Taylor which read, "I will find her

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and I will kill her."

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That text and the chase was the culmination of a period

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of hostility between the two women, which amounted to a campaign

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of intimidation over a stolen boyfriend and an argument

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over a motorbike.

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When the pair were jailed, there was applause and loud cheers

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from the public gallery.

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Outside, Sophie's parents spoke of their loss.

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Sentences now are far too lenient.

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A few people can go out into their vehicle and use it

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as a weapon, which was exactly what happened to our

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beautiful daughter.

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Sentencing, the judge said "you were both consumed

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by a self-righteous, jealous rage, chasing Sophie,

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frightening her, to teach a lesson."

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He said it was like a pack chasing its prey.

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They must have been terrified, he said.

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He jailed Melissa Pesticcio for six and a half years and Wheeler

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for seven and a half.

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A woman in her twenties has died at a holiday park

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on the Llyn Peninsula following an incident

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involving a tractor.

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Emergency Services were called to The Warren

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holiday park in Abersoch shortly after 7:00 this evening.

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The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Armed police have arrested four men following reports of a robbery

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in Cardiff at around 8:00 this evening.

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The suspects drove-off from a shop on Atlas Road

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in the Canton area of the city - and were stopped by officers near

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the University Hospital of Wales.

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In an age of smart phones - pagers may seem like

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a thing of the past.

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But one of Wales' biggest search and rescue teams has

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told this programme, it relies on them for

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good signal coverage.

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But they're concerned that warnings over the rising usage costs

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could affect rescue missions.

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A rescue in the Brecon Beacons back in March.

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In an emergency situation like this, communication is

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critical.

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It is really simple.

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It is just a little box and it has a display on it.

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Mark Jones from the rescue team says they use pagers and

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mobile phones to mobilise volunteers because phone reception could be

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unreliable.

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We respond to different types of calls, searches and medical

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emergencies.

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If somebody is having chest pains, you want to be

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responding to those calls immediately.

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We don't want to be half an hour behind the game.

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But that service is under threat since

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Vodafone decided to close down its pager business.

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There is one other company that provides the service.

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The companies were considering a merger

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but there were concerns that

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a monopoly could mean higher prices and worse signal coverage so

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Vodafone decided to stop its service anyway.

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We have quite a dispersed membership throughout South and mid Wales

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and we want as many of those, ideally

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all of those, to get the message immediately.

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Without a reliable service that we can afford,

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we cannot guarantee that.

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The Competition and Markets Authority

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says there is nothing they can do to stop

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companies choosing to exit the

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market which could leave emergency services across Wales out of reach.

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Wales could follow England and abolish university tuition fees

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if Labour wins the general election.

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University funding is devolved to the Welsh Government

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but the First Minister, Carwyn Jones has told BBC Wales "it

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would be difficult to conceive" a scenario where tuition fees

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are abolished in England but not here.

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The Welsh Liberal Democrats say the biggest barrier

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for students is living costs.

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The Welsh Conservatives have accused the Welsh Government

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of flip-flopping over fees.

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Plaid Cymru say it's an empty promise and UKIP have

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described it as meaningless.

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The NHS in Wales says there have been no reported cyber incidents

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here after a major incident was declared in

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England and Scotland.

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Health services there have been hit by a large-scale attack meaning

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staff cannot access patient data.

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NHS Wales says it's already put pro-active protection

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measures in place.

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Thousands of giant jellyfish have washed up on Welsh beaches

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in the past few days.

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The barrel jellyfish have been spotted all the way

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from Pembrokeshire up to Anglesey.

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New Quay has been a hot spot, with over three hundred seen

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in what's been called a Mega Swarm.

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Last year was an unusual year in that we didn't see them

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until quite late on in the season.

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This year we have seen them sort of April-May time

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but in massive numbers.

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And they seem to be a lot bigger than we usually see.

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I don't think I've ever seen them quite as big as they are this year

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or they appear to be this year.

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Cricket - Glamorgan came back from the brink to pull off

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an incredible win in the last over against Hampshire in their

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Royal London One-Day Cup.

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Set 333 to win, Chris Cooke smashed the penultimate ball for six

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as Glamorgan won by 3 wickets with a ball to spare.

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The

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The weather

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The weather

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The weather is

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The weather is next.

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Some welcome rain in the forecast this weekend but it's not a total

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wash-out.

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Certainly unsettled, we will see some sunshine at times but

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also the risk of a few showers.

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Through tonight we will see some patchy rain around but also

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some drier interludes

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A fairly mild night with temperatures in double figures for

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most of us.

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It will be rather blustery especially along the

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coastal areas.

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Tomorrow we get a brief break from any weather fronts in

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the morning.

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Late afternoon, we will start to see this weather front

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pushing in from the West and with that, we will see some rain

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into Saturday night but first thing tomorrow morning, a little bit of

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rain.

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That will clear through and most of us will look forward to

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bright or sunny spells developing.

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The breeze picks up coming from a south-westerly direction so a

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fresher feel compared with today.

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For the rest of the British Isles, we do have some showers across

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northern parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland but the further

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south and east you are, it's drier and brighter and feeling

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warm with highs of 20 Celsius.

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Here in Wales tomorrow afternoon, a few showers

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but also a lot of dry weather in between.

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Late afternoon we'll start to see the weather front approaching

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from the West but ahead of it, plenty of dry weather with highs of

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17 Celsius.

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Tomorrow night that rain will push through pretty quickly.

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Overnight just a few showers but also a lot of dry weather and

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feeling fresher with temperatures getting down to about seven Celsius.

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Sunday is a day of sunshine and showers.

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If you catch a shower, it could be heavy and highs of around

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16 Celsius.

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It will be breezy for exposed areas.

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Looking very unsettled for the start of next

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week, where we do have more rain in forecast.

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We'll be back with our next update at a 6.15 tomorrow evening.

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For now though, from all of us on the programme,

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have a good evening.

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