23/05/2017 London News


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Flags are flying at half mast in the capital and hundreds

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gathered at impromptu vigils to show their solidarity

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Londoners know only too well the horrors of a terror attack.

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The device used having echoes of the 7/7 bombings.

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This evening, multi-faith leaders in the capital condemned the attack,

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A minute's silence for those affected by the Manchester tragedy.

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Multi-faith leaders gathered at Central Mosque in London

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I think it's very important for us, as one

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nation, whatever background, colour, religion or faith we are, we

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And it is very important that we remain

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Despite the fact that they are evil people who commit such terrible

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acts, that most of us, most people of all communities

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want to live in harmony with each other.

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In Trafalgar Square as well, people gathered.

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A vigil was organised to remember those killed in Manchester.

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I was on duty at 7/7 at King's Cross working

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And it sort of hit home when I woke up this morning and saw

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the news and my first thoughts were, people stood with me when I was at

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my lowest all around the world, saying we stand with London, and I

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wanted to do the same for people in Manchester.

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Phil Duckworth was badly injured in the 7/7 attack.

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For him, it also triggered the worst kind of

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Total shock, I could not believe it was happening all

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And I think my initial reaction was, basically, I didn't want

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He knows - because his wife went through it - what the

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families with those missing are suffering.

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I was a missing person for quite a long time and it

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is hard, very hard, hearing how difficult

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and the search for you, not having information to find sort

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of a loved-one and how to go about that.

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And that is where I really feel it is

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hard to deal with, to think about the people

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hard to deal with, to think about the people in Manchester

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Across London, flags were lowered on public

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buildings and there was this message from the Mayor.

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Londoners have been through attacks recently on their

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own city, but today, it was another city in their thoughts.

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These were some of the messages for the people of

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Be strong, be united, don't let them win.

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I know it's a load of cliches, but it's a cliche for a reason.

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Yeah, you know, we're with you, Manchester.

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So the best thing is to stick together and be strong.

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Anyone who attacks young girls is disgusting.

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And if they want to bring the fight to us, they

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bring the fight to us, but don't take it to little girls.

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A country united in the face of tragedy.

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Londoners may have already noticed an increased police

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presence in the capital, but that's set to change.

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And yes, with the heightened risk, things will look very different for

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tomorrow morning. In practical terms, soldiers will replace armed

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officers in some of the prominent public places as part of a

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long-standing plans -- plan to free up the Armed Forces to work on

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operations relating to terror. It is called operation temper.

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They will be placed in public places and at some police cordons. We have

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a number of big sporting events, the FA Cup final at Wembley, a big rugby

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final at Twickenham and we know that the security will be more robust.

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Fans being asked to arrive early so they can have their bags searched,

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to try to prevent and make sure people are kept safe. Earlier, we

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spoke to a terra specialist who told is a bit about what will be going on

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behind-the-scenes and who asked for the public to be vigilant. How can

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the services respond to this, the security services? These plans and

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procedures are well practised and hopefully we'll execute them well so

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there is a lot of activity behind-the-scenes. In order to make

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those physical and system assets more effective, we have to have

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members of the public, so it is the soft power of counterterrorism and

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if they are not paying attention, you certainly do not want them to

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feel afraid but if they're not aware and alert, it makes us less

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effective. This attack is two months after Westminster which is still

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fresh in our minds. Yes, this was a more sophisticated attack,

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Westminster was a knife and a car and somebody here has built a bomb

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and detonated it, possibly part of a week larger group. It takes us back

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to the bombings of 7/7. The Metropolitan Police will share that

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information with Manchester and looking at their tactics to avoid

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this kind of attack. Thank you very much.

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In other news: A family who were housing at least 26

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migrants in appalling conditions in North West London are due to be

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sentenced for breaching housing regulations.

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The tenants were paying up to ?70 a week for rooms

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jammed with bunk beds, with one occupant sleeping

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In court today, because they were responsible for property in

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condition is described as appalling. And we filmed back in July as Brent

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Council raided a four bedroomed semi in Wembley. Inside, inspectors found

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at least 26 people had been living here and bunk beds were packed into

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almost every room. The tenants here has been paying between ?40 to ?70 a

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week. Six sleeping spaces. Outside, in the back garden, there was a shed

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with a woman living but inside as well. Today, the owners and managers

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of this property were convicted of or admitted multiple breaches of the

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regulations on housing standards. And in court to witness this,

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officers from Brent Council involved in this raid. It was disgraceful.

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And there were six men are living in box bedrooms, but we bunk beds in

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each room. When we went out into the back garden, we found a shack which

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was literally a shack with tarpaulin and timber but together with a lady

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living in it. It cannot believe it, it was disgraceful. ?600 of rent was

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taken from this property and clearly somebody was making a lot of money

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by exploiting tenants and providing them with it -- appalling living

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conditions. The court heard that the rent was collected and they would

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have known about this date of the property they helped to manage.

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Would you like to live in these conditions in Muirhouse? Would you

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like to live in those conditions? There will be sentenced at Harrow

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Crown Court. It's being called a "health

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emergency", and London regularly breaches legal limits

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for air quality. Now, researchers at Imperial College

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London have shown why diesel fumes It is not news that

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diesel fumes are a harm It's estimated they contribute

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to the premature deaths of more And cleaning the capital's air

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has become a political In October, the most polluting cars

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will pay a so-called toxicity charge An ultra-low emission zone

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will follow in two years' time. Today, researchers from Imperial

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College have published research which shows how diesel particles

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attack the lungs and They activate receptors on the nerve

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endings that tell you to cough. Basically, they directly activate

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receptors which cause This is a problem for everybody,

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but more of a problem for those who have asthma

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and respiratory conditions. Just ten days ago, doctors

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demonstrated at Downing Street, calling for more to be done

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to tackle the issue. The Mayor, of course, wants

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the government to pay people to Data shows that in schools

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and nurseries, the air quality levels are way above the legal limit

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and I want to see those driven down so that no school and nursery has

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levels that breach world so that no school and nursery has

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levels that breach World The team at Imperial

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hope their research will lead to the issue of pollution moving up

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the political agenda. Well, as we've been hearing,

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last night's horrific events are even more shocking

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because of the high number So what about parents concerned

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about what to say to their kids, who may be confused,

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upset or distressed by what they're seeing on television

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or on social media? With more details, here's

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Katharine Carpenter. Would you want to go for that? Like

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many parents, waking to the News of the terror attack on Manchester

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Arena, Amanda Dawson wondered how to broach it with her ten-year-old son.

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They have tickets for the same concert at London's O2 Arena on

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Thursday so it felt very close to home. The first thing he wanted to

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do was to watch it on the news for himself. There is that disbelief

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when you hear something and when you see it, it becomes real. So that is

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how our conversation went. And you were really quite angry this

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morning. I was very curious, I just want to watch it on the news. I was

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just curious about what happens mainly. This is Newsround. We are

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waking up to the news that there was an attack last night... Some news

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programmes and websites have content that might help parents explain to

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their children what is going on in the world, but with so many

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upsetting headlines on television and social media, what advice is

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therefore parents talking to their children? The NSPCC say to listen

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carefully to a child's fears and worries and to reassurance and

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avoid, located explanations that could be frightening and confusing.

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Because of these events and children have been victims, children feel

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much closer to these events and they are more emotionally traumatised.

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They think they are more likely to become a victim is as a consequence

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and as a result of that, they have high levels of anxiety and they need

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additional support to be able to address the worries they have. It

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can be heartbreaking to hear these bombings and terrorist attacks, it

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is quite heartbreaking, it just makes you question what is next. I

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want them to go out and enjoy what London has to offer and not feeling

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scared every time they get on the Jupiter or if they go to a big event

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like that. To reinforce that message, Amanda says she'd and has

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somewhat to see Ariana Grande and concert and their weightings to find

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out if the concert on Thursday is still going ahead. -- and they are

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waiting to find out. And there's more information

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and advice about how to talk to children about recent events

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on the BBC Newsround website. I'll wish you a very

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goodnight now and leave you with Elizabeth Rizzini,

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for a check on the weather. They pretty enter the day with a lot

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of sunset pictures from across the capital. There will be more sunshine

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but as we had to be the next couple of days and for the rest of the

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week, it is sunnier although there will be a lot of cloud around at at

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times. It is dry with high pressure dominating. Towards the end of the

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working week, it will turn warm and heart. By Saturday, we could be

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looking at 30, 21 degrees. At this time of year, we normally would be

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looking at 18, 19 Celsius. Overnight, variable cloud and

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largely clear. Dry it into tomorrow morning, temperatures between 12 and

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15 Celsius in Central London. So a mild good morning. Brightness and

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sunshine first think and quite a lot of cloud. With high pressure ) rose

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and like wings, it will break the cloud more readily than to day with

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good sunshine by the time we get to tomorrow and temperatures on a par

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with what we had yesterday, 23 and 25 Celsius, in the centre of town.

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This is the pressure chart for the next couple of days. Thursday, high

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pressure migrating to the East. Allowing warm air from the near

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continent on the South East so temperatures rising, on Thursday and

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Friday. We could be looking at 25, 20 seven Celsius. This is the

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summary over the next couple of days. A rising temperatures and is

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the heat going to last over the Bank Holiday Weekend? It might do. This

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is the National forecast. Double. Hello, cloud topping and tailoring

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the country today and that

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