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Now on BBC One it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening from BBC London News.

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The Government has stepped

in to help manage one

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of the capital's biggest hospital

trusts after serious

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concerns about its finances.

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It was announced today that

Kings College Hospitals Trust

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is being put into special measures.

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It comes not long after the trust

chairman, Lord Kerslake,

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former head of the Civil Service,

resigned, saying he wasn't

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prepared to make more cuts.

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Here's our political

editor, Tim Donovan.

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This hospital trust has been really

struggling financially ever

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since a merger with another

hospital, the Princess Royal,

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in Orpington, four years ago.

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This year it is set to overspend

its target budget by £92 million,

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which is why the NHS regulator has

just stepped in.

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Pre-empting that, getting his

retaliation in first,

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some would say, was the trust

chairman, who announced he was off.

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We've saved in each of the last

two years £80 million,

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twice the national average.

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But the challenges of rising demand,

rising costs and an expectation

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to bring that deficit down even

faster I think have proved very

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difficult and this year has been

particularly challenging.

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But if he says further cuts

were unsustainable, the health

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service regulator doesn't agree.

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At the hospital today

there was support for both views.

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Apparently he has reduced

the deficit but not

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to the target deficit.

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Do you think he could have made more

savings, made more savings

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without affecting care?

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Without affecting care.

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Well, actually, I think he probably

could by going for the bureaucrats.

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They need more staff,

more money spent on it, more beds,

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because the pressure on a day-to-day

basis is quite heavy.

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I think we should all dig

into our pockets and provide

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a bit more for the NHS.

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It's clear the regulator NHS

Improvement has been

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concerned for some time

about the trust's

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financial planning.

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A few months ago its former head

Jim Mackey warned that,

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"They hadn't hit a single number

they've put to us in the two

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years I've been involved.

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You'd expect more."

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Today the patience ran out,

with the new chief executive,

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Ian Dalton, saying, "The financial

situation at King's has deteriorated

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very seriously over recent months

and we've now placed the trust

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in special measures to maximise

the amount of scrutiny

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and support that it receives."

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NHS Improvements found that

Lord Kerslake's Trust

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was the worst-performing

in the country on financial grounds

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and that's why I think

he effectively got pushed out.

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I know it was structured

as a resignation but I think

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he jumped before he was

quite clearly pushed.

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Putting the trust into special

measures is intended to achieve

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a swift turnaround of its financial

fortunes but it's getting close

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to the most difficult time

of the year for this,

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like many other hospitals -

the potential challenge

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of a winter bed crisis.

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And on the BBC News website you can

see how the NHS Trust

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in your area is performing.

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Search for NHS Tracker and then

type in your postcode.

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Tonight disruption continues

at Waterloo Station,

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with warnings it's likely

to still affect commuters

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travelling tomorrow morning.

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It's after hours of delays

and cancellations caused

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by a trackside fire.

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There are warns it will probably

effect people tomorrow morning. Here

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is Marc Ashdown.

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They're kind of used to a bit

of overcrowding at Waterloo by now -

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platform upgrades over the summer

caused widespread disruption -

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but tonight the crowds

went on, and on, and on.

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Caused by a trackside fire

which took out three

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of the lines earlier in the day,

this evening it was about waiting

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and hoping for some

kind of service home.

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No idea.

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If a train comes up then I'll just

get on any one and then hopefully

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someone in my family can pick me up

but it's not ideal, particularly

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with the weather and stuff,

it's rubbish really -

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just standard, standard

London Waterloo.

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It's been my second

delay so far this week.

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Yeah, disappointing, but it's a fire

so you can't do much about it.

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All South Western trains

between Waterloo and Dorking

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were cancelled for the day,

as were services to Hampton Court,

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and circular services, too,

via Teddington and Strawberry Hill.

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Trains to Guildford made extra

stops, while all West

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of England services started

and terminated at Basingstoke.

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Because of this severe overcrowding

here at Waterloo this evening,

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station staff had no choice

but to close the station.

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They did it about an hour ago,

and it means as well as all these

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people on the concourse

and the platforms, there are also

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hundreds of people locked out

there on the street wondering quite

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how they're going to

get home this evening.

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Eventually they did re-open

the station, leading to a flood

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of people now desperate to find any

route out of the city.

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Network Rail is investigating

what caused the fire and hopes

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to have services running more

smoothly by the morning,

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but the festive season got off

to a bad start today

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for thousands of passengers.

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And Marc's here now.

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So what is the situation looking

like tomorrow for commuters?

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I think sadly it is inevitable there

will be some disruption. Network

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Rail still looking into this. We are

being led to believe it is caused by

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a cable which came into contact with

track circuits on three lines. I

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don't know what that means, but it

caused a fire that crippled the

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entire network. Engineers have been

working to try and fix it. Network

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Rail say there will be some

disruption tomorrow. South Western

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said their journeys will be

unaffected and I saw people who

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breezed through and got home no

problem, but they were the lucky

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ones. It was bedlam for a time. Now

with the trains in the wrong place,

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the crews in the wrong place and

because of the delays, I think there

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will be an effect for early part of

rush hour. So check before you leave

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the house and travel and tonight

South West have treated that tickets

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from today will be valid tomorrow.

So if you bought a ticket for today

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you can use it tomorrow. But of

course check it, because the usual

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restrictions apply. But do check

before you travel tomorrow.

Thank

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you.

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From next year, changes to data

protection rules could see

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organisations who accidentally leak

personal details fined

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millions of pounds.

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Islington Council was one

of the worst offenders under

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the old regime after mistakenly

publishing thousands

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of confidential files.

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So is the local authority

ready for the new rules?

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Sarah Harris has been finding out.

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Across the internet

millions of people's

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details, bank account numbers and

personal histories.

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Carol knows first-hand

the real-life devastation

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that can be caused when those

details are leaked.

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She lives on the Andover

Estate in Finsbury Park,

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where sensitive details of dozens

of residents were published online.

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Six of her neighbours had to be

re-housed for their own safety.

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She no longer trusts giving

personal information online.

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Not after they've done it twice.

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If they can do it twice,

they can do it quite

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a few more times, can't they?

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If you think about it.

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So you are careful

what you disclose now?

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Oh, yeah, definitely yeah.

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I think everybody

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should be like that as well.

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Parking fine private details

were also published.

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Islington Council said:

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But some campaigners

sau they haven't

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gone far enough.

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We have seen people's

personal dates of birth,

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sexual orientation

and housing situation

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released to the public,

we

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have seen the names and addresses

of witness statements released to

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perpetrators of

anti-social behaviour.

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Time and time again

we have seen incompetence

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from Islington Councilregarding data

protection.

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Legal experts say it's time

for all organisations in London

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to invest in secure

systems ahead of law

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changes in the new year,

where

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high security cost will be

small compared to fines.

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The current maximum

fine is £500,000.

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That's going to go up

to between 2 to 4% of

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an organisation's turnover,

or 10 million to 20 million euros -

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whichever is higher.

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And that's a huge increase

in fines for organisations.

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For those trusting

organisations with

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their personal information,

tighter rules and fines

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have to be welcomed,

but for those already facing budget

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cuts it is a cost they can

be doing without and

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data security is not

an

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exact science.

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I'll say goodnight now.

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It's over to Stav Danaos for that

all-important weather forecast,

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and plummeting temperatures tonight.

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and plummeting temperatures tonight.

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Absolutely. That comes after

atrocious weather, with the rain,

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sleet and snow. It is no surprise we

saw that travel disruption. This

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week starts cold, turns milder

midweek and will turn colder at the

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end of the week. Tonight ice will be

the problem - widespread ice as

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temperatures fall. Down to minus 11

in the Chilterns. We start off with

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that ice risk through the morning.

Watch out for that on untreated

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roads. There will be plenty of

sunshine. But temperatures

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struggling. Ranging from freezing to

three degrees. Midweek we have one

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front that moves through Tuesday

night and another one arriving on

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Wednesday. So a wet but a frost-free

start to Wednesday. A bit of

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brightness, but the winds pick up

from the south-west. A lot of cloud

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and rain. But temperatures reaching

nine or ten Celsius. Thursday, rain

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will not be too far away. More cloud

around. A few bright spells and we

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will see cold air returning and this

area of low pressure opens the flood

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gates to the Arctic and it is set to

turn colder on Friday. Some cloud a

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rain. The wind switches to the north

and brightness but colder. By the

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weekend cold and bright. And the

return of frosty nights as well.

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