12/12/2017 London News


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Here on BBC One it's time

for the news where you are.

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Good evening and welcome

to BBC London News.

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Freezing overnight temperatures have

seen a surge in demand for beds

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at homeless shelters in the capital.

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One charity in central

London says last night

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was its busiest this year.

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It's estimated there are 1,000

people sleeping rough

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but it can also be a struggle

to reach those in need,

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as Chris Rogers report.

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I'm going to come

and sit in with you.

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Is that all right?

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That's cool.

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Meet Paulina and Martin from Poland.

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And Ian from Scotland.

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This doorway in Charing Cross

is their home tonight.

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It is quite rough, depends how

you are going to prepare yourself

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for that, you know what I mean,

that's the most important thing.

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The most important thing that

you need to protect your body,

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that's the first thing

and your mind.

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You can't let yourself to run

to drugs or alcohol.

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Despite the freezing temperatures,

many choose the streets rather

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than a room with strangers

in a shelter.

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It's warm, that's the first thing.

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Anybody's better than this?

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I don't know, because

like we stick together.

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So we sleep side by side.

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Basically, yeah.

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Like a brother of

the blood, you know.

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You look after each other.

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I can sleep in doors

but I choose to sleep outside.

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With us.

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With him.

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Merry Christmas.

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Just 200 yards away,

there is a shelter with 45 beds.

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But freezing temperatures do force

most to seek shelter.

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Rough sleeping, like this,

is the most visual form

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of homelessness but actually

collecting data to know how many

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people are sleeping on our pavements

tonight is really difficult

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because they come

and go from shelters.

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But as the cold weather sets

in like it is tonight and has done

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over the course of the week,

charities are able to get a clearer

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idea of just how many people

are in need of a bed

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because they come flooding into them

because of the cold weather.

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The Connection Shelter is expecting

to be full to capacity tonight.

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But there'll still be heading

out onto the streets.

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They have various reasons for not

wanting to come indoors to night

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centres or the general hostel routes

but we still maintain our attempts

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to convince them otherwise,

understand their reasons for not

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wanting to come inside and generally

doing checks to make sure

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that they are physically capable

of staying out for the night

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in these temperatures and also

mentally capable as well

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in some cases.

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On Christmas Day, Euston Station

will be transformed into a huge

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shelter for 200 homeless.

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While the number of rough

sleepers is down slightly,

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it's because of more shelters,

not fewer people in need of them.

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Chris Rogers, BBC London News.

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Bereaved families have delivered

a petition to Downing Street calling

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for an overhaul of the public

inquiry into the Grenfell Fire.

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It comes as Kensington and Chelsea

says it's leading the biggest

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house-purchasing programme by any

local authority in recent history -

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promising to make 300 new properties

available by Christmas.

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So far, less than a quarter

of the families affected

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by the tragedy have moved

into permanent homes.

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Frankie McCamley reports.

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Bereaved families and a survivor

the fire at Grenfell tower

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delivering a petition

to the Prime Minister

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asking her to consider

changing the way Sir Martin

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Moore-Bick runs the inquiry.

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Their message is clear.

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We're saying he needs

a diverse panel to help him.

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We are for Sir Martin and he has

a lot of experience as a judge

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and also about fire,

especially with commercial fires

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and containers and things,

but we just feel that he just needs

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a bit more information and support

to help him come

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to a truthful conclusion.

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Again, a lack of trust

between the Government,

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the council and those affected

by the tragedy.

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From the inquiry, to housing.

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This is a two-bedroom flat

we have acquired this week.

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It's going on the website.

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Of the 208 households,

45 have so far moved into permanent

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homes like this one but the council

is trying to change that.

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Typically, you would either

have a couple who would have had

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a two bedroom flat at Grenfell tower

or you will have a couple

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with a child, single child

for a second bedroom.

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Just over three miles

from Grenfell Tower this is one

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of 70 two bedroom properties

the council are buying,

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it hopes to acquire 300

by Christmas, spending £235 million.

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The pace has been very slow.

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But equally, we have been

gathering information as far

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as people, what people want.

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But we stress we have always run

at the pace of the individual,

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not run at our pace or set

a dictation saying people must be

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out by a certain time.

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But many don't think they'll

be in these permanent

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homes any time soon.

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Hi, Tiago how are you doing.

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So this is your room,

this is your home.

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Yeah.

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After escaping from the 13th

floor of Grenfell Tower,

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Tiago Alves has lived in this hotel

for nearly six months.

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I don't really feel at home here.

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This is basically

a place for me to sleep.

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I've applied for 15 properties

permanently, and I've not had

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the opportunity to go and see any

of these properties.

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Now, the reason for that is,

there is a priority listing,

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which I completely understand.

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There are people who need

this house more than me,

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but the way the council is trying

to say that, you know,

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we are allowing people

to go at their own pace,

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that's not the case.

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I haven't been offered

a permanent property at all,

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haven't even gone to see

any permanent properties.

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What does that feel like,

when you're applying and applying

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and you get no response?

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It feels like they care more...

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..about me as a number

than me as an individual.

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It's all formal

like them being cold.

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They really, really don't care.

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The council has now given

Tiago a temporary home.

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It says it's working round-the-clock

but rehousing bereaved and those

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with children is its priority.

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Tiago is looking forward to getting

out of here before Christmas.

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Frankie McCamley, BBC London News.

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The latest attempt to clean up

London's toxic air has seen

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the launch of the capital's second

Low Emission Bus Zone.

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It's been set up in one of the worst

polluted areas in London -

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Brixton Road which runs

from Streatham to Brixton.

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The road regularly breaches

EU pollution limits

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on nitrogen dioxide levels.

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He says his life's work has been

to protect cinema history.

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A film fanatic whose love

of the big screen began

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when he was just 15 years-old -

has created a treasure

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trove of memorabilia,

including some dating back

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to the 1920s.

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But now, his cinema museum faces

an uncertain future,

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as Alpa Patel explains.

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It is a look into a forgotten past.

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At the helm, 81-year-old

Ronald Grant.

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Admission for one.

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A fanatic collector

of cinema memorabilia.

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It all began when he took a job as

a projectionist, at the age of 15.

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I was in a warm place,

being paid to watch cowboy films.

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It was paradise.

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Almost 70 years on, Ronald has made

it his mission to acquire everything

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and anything related to cinema.

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His collection is vast

and includes this slide lantern,

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dating back to the 1920s.

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I can't focus it.

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Oh, it's the...

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This is the thing that's wrong.

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It may have been lost if Ronald

hadn't given it a home.

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You see the light?

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Ronald set up the cinema room where

we meet Ronald's partner, Martin.

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I went there and met Martin. You

found someone who shared your

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passion for the past...

I.

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I found someone entirely

different from myself.

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I'm surprised we had

anything in common at all.

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But it was a successful partnership.

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They set about protecting

cinema history.

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Because the cinema appeared to be

in decline, we were rescuing these

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objects in order to keep a sense

of social history, so that we could

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remember what it was like.

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This piece of equipment

is for showing messages

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on the screen, it's for showing

still slides which say -

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is there a doctor in the house?

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Will the person with car

number AV 254 move it?

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Like any love story,

they are facing a huge obstacle.

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The building's owners have

decided to sell so they

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may no longer be able

to lease this space.

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Absolutely crushing,

that's my life's work in the gutter.

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Would you set up anywhere else?

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No, no.

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If it's the end, it's

the end, I'm afraid.

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Alpa Patel, BBC London News.

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Alpa Patel, BBC London News.

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A real labour of love there. Time to

say good night and I will leave you

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with the latest on the weather.

How is it looking? Thank you very

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much. A different story to last

night. Last night bitterly cold, the

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lowest temperatures of the season so

far. Tonight a different story. We

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have a band of rain across our

region, going to bring some wet

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weather for a while. Much milder as

well than last night. As it clears

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skies end up clearing and looks like

temperatures will drop by the end of

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the night, we could see ice in

places. Tomorrow it's going to be a

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grey cold start with that early ice

risk. Then more rain later on with

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sunshine to end the day. A mixture.

We start off on that cold night, a

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lot of cloud around. Outbreaks of

rain pushing in. Some of it quite

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heavy, maybe thunder as it pushes

through. Then sunshine will move in.

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A milder day, nine to ten. We will

see a rash of showers pushing in

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during Wednesday. It will remain

breezy. Again relatively mild

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compared to recent nights. Thursday,

a dryer day. Some good sunny spells

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around, a breezy one, one or two

showers but a touch cooler than

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Wednesday. Things turn much colder

into Friday. We start to open the

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gates to the Arctic. Northerly winds

move down. Five or six at best on

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Friday. Then it's looking cold

towards the weekend with a return

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