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on BBC Two.

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Welcome to BBC London News

with me, Louisa Preston.

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Families, survivors and emergency

workers all attended

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a special service today,

a year on from the

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Croydon tram crash.

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A memorial was unveiled to remember

the seven people that died

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when the tram overturned.

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51 people were injured,

and as our transport correspondent

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Tom Edwards reports,

the crash has had a lasting

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impact on them and also

on the safety of tram travel.

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They laid flowers to remember seven

south Londoners who a year ago

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boarded a tram and didn't come home.

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There has not been a minute of any

hour of any day in this last year

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he has not been in our thoughts.

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One family's suffering

shared by a community.

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Bereaved families, survivors

and those who live in New Addington.

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A year may have passed

but emotions are still raw.

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Sometimes I cry and nobody

knows how to feel.

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Two or three days before today

I have had a lot of flashbacks.

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I had one this morning

like I was on the tram again.

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Since that day I have

not been on a tram.

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On a cold and drizzly morning I saw

some amazing people do some

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truly courageous things.

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A difficult day for the emergency

services, who a year ago battled

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in horrendous conditions.

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Everyone was working so hard

together to do the best

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that we could for the people

on the tram.

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A number of our staff

are members of this community.

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They have worked for

the Ambulance Service for a number

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of years and I think they have felt

the impact of that

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as much as the people

who were directly involved.

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I remember thinking to myself,

he's going a bit quick.

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Matthew still doesn't remember

what happened in the crash.

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He suffered a severe head injury.

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It's been a tough 12 months.

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I still suffer from a bit

of depression, memory loss.

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I have trouble with remembering

things a lot, mood swings.

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My wife has said.

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He's not worked as

an HGV driver since.

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He was on board the tram when it

overturned, travelling at 46 miles

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an hour on the corner

where the speed limit was 13.

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Unusually investigators have already

made recommendations.

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The report into this incident

is nearing completion.

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As yet we still don't know why

the driver was speeding on this very

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tight corner here.

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The early indications

from the investigators

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are that they will recommend some

kind of automatic mechanism

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to prevent speeding and also

a system that will be able to detect

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if the driver isn't

paying attention.

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Since the crash it's emerged that

a number of drivers had fallen

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asleep at the controls.

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TfL has now installed this

equipment on all the trams.

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It uses infrared to detect

if a driver is falling asleep.

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Warning signs and further speed

restrictions are also now

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in place on tight corners.

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Solicitors say they want any more

recommendations to be

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implemented quickly.

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I think the detail will be important

for them to understand exactly

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what happened and how it happened

and then the next step is to make

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sure this never happens again.

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The legacy from this has got to be

that this does not happen again.

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As I've always said it's

important that trams

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are treated more like trains

than they are like buses.

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That's a key feature and I hope

those lessons have now been learned.

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As that work continues,

this plinth and another to be

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installed near the crash site

will be permanent memorials,

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so those who died will

be always remembered.

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Tom Edwards, BBC London News.

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Jeremy Corbyn is calling

on the Prime Minster to fund

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the retro-fitting of sprinklers

in all high rise social housing,

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following the Grenfell Tower fire.

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The Labour leader said the blaze

was an "avoidable tragedy"

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and the government should invest

£1 billion to make

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social housing safer.

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Our political correspondent

Karl Mercer reports.

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Croydon likes to show off what it's

doing in its tower blocks.

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By the end of next spring,

1300 in 25 blocks over ten storeys

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high will have had this

done to them.

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Sprinklers are being retrofitted

into the old blocks.

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As you can see,

it is newly fitted...

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It's about reassuring residents.

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But it comes with a £10

million price tag.

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Croydon, like other

councils, Grenfell changed

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absolutely everything.

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On the first day we were looking

at our housing stock.

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We decided the best way forward

was retrofitting sprinklers

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in our tallest blocks.

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The Labour Party today called

on the government to foot the bill,

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£1 billion across the country.

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We weren't able to ask

its leader a question,

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he wouldn't do an interview,

but he did say this.

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Retrofitting of sprinkler systems

is a basic demand but one that

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will save lives if the government

decides to make it happen.

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Grenfell was an avoidable tragedy.

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It did not have to happen.

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It would not have happened

if adequate precautions,

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including sprinklers,

were in place.

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Croydon has written to the

government twice asking for money,

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and twice it has been told it

will not get any.

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The government would not

be interviewed today,

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but they said that nothing was more

important than keeping people safe.

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They said they'd commissioned

a review of fire safety.

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They went on to say that they had

been clear that where a local

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authority has concerns about funding

essential fire safety measures,

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they should contact us

as soon as possible

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to discuss their position.

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Croydon says it will foot

the bill for its sprinklers.

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But other projects may

have to be sacrificed.

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Karl Mercer, BBC London News.

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The family of a woman from north

London, who is being held

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in Iran, are demanding

that the Foreign Secretary travels

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to the country to assure her safety.

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It comes after Boris Johnson claimed

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

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was there to teach journalists -

something her family denies.

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His comments have now been used

in an Iranian state broadcast

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about Nazanin's case.

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Tolu Adeoye joins us with more.

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What more can you tell us?

This

report aired yesterday on Iranians

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state TV, it was seen by members of

Nazanin's family. It claims Boris

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Johnson's comments last week

amounted to an unintended admission

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of Hugill. She is serving a

five-year sentenced, allegedly

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accused of trying to topple the

government. Her family has

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maintained she was on holiday but

the report says Mr Johnson's

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suggestion she was training

journalists had dealt a blow to that

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claim. Mr Ratcliffe said this

broadcast increased the anxiety for

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the family.

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Watching the film and watching

their daughter being paraded

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on Iranian TV as a spy,

and Boris Johnson revealed these

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campaigners have been lying

and that's why they were so cross

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is terrifying for them.

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It's a roller-coaster of feeling,

goodness, where is this going to end

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and the fear would be that now state

media is saying and has confirmed

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that she will be in court next week

and goodness knows what happens.

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Mr Johnson is currently in

Washington on Foreign Office

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business. He has already admitted

that his comments could have been

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clearer. He told MPs on Tuesday that

the UK Government has no doubt that

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she was on holiday in Iran and he's

also told the Iranians Foreign

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Minister there was no justifiable

basis for further legal action

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against her. But clearly Mr

Ratcliffe does not feel that goes

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far enough. He wants Mr Johnson to

go to Iran, meet the Foreign

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Minister in person and do all he can

to get Nazanin home. He says he

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wants his wife home for Christmas.

Thanks very much.

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Hundreds of families living

in a south London tower block have

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been left without heating and hot

water for nearly a week.

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The gas supply for 360 homes

in Stockwell has been turned off

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because of safety concerns,

as Sonja Jessup reports.

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Even with the help of her electric

heater, Joyce is wearing

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a coat inside her home.

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She's had no gas supply

for nearly a week.

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It's making life

very difficult here.

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We have one resident

who is nearly 90.

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On this floor alone

we have two young babies.

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We need to be warm.

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We are paying for this, we shouldn't

be in a state like this.

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This is one of four tower blocks

in Stockwell with no communal

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heating, around 360 homes.

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The supply turned off

due to safety concerns

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after a potential leak was found.

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Residents say it's like

living in an icebox.

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I have one-year-old twins and I'm

having to double up on blankets

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and put the blow heater on all night

which costs a lot of money

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but I don't want my kids

to get sick because of it.

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Residents are advised to use

immersion heaters but many say

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they cannot afford it.

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Residents are frustrated

because they say two years ago

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they were left without heating

and hot water for 11 days

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after the boilers failed

and they stopped working again

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one year later.

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The housing association has

apologised and said its consulting

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with residents about replacing

the heating system.

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This is a very huge,

complicated process and we have good

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to get this right but we are working

tirelessly and have been

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for the past week to make sure

we bring the heating back on.

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Today temporary boilers

have been installed.

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Residents were told they would be

running by Saturday

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but are worried about whether this

could happen again.

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That's it for now from me,

so I'll say goodnight and hand

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you over to Chris Fawkes

for the weather.

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We're looking at cloudy conditions

to take us through the night. These

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weather fronts to our north-west are

heading our way. They'll bring thick

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cloud and by the Andrew night

threaten an occasional spit of light

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rain or drizzle. There could be a

few mist patches for a time.

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Overnight lows down to 4-7. Tomorrow

it's an improving weather picture.

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There could be some patchy outbreaks

of rain to start off with, the

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clouds will break up and we'll see

some sunshine. The chance of a bit

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of

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rain early in the morning. It clears

away quite nicely. Then comes the

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sunshine. We will get plenty through

the afternoon but the winds turning

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to a north-westerly direction. The

north-westerly winds, combined with

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temperatures lower than today, it

will feel cooler. The afternoon high

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about 11 Celsius. The weekend, some

rain around on Saturday but Sunday

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and Monday, drier and brighter

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