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Good evening and welcome to the late Look North.

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Tonight, doubly good news for South Yorkshire.

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1700 workers' jobs in South Yorkshire are safe tonight

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after the sale of Tata Steel to an Indian company.

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And super car manufacturers Mclaren race into the Sheffield region

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with a new factory planned creating 200 jobs.

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And another cold day is expected tomorrow with the potential for some

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snow in the weekend. I will be back later in the programme with your

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full, live updates. Hundreds of workers

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in South Yorkshire have had their jobs secured with the sale

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of Tata Steel to an indian company. The speciality steel business

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is being sold for ?100 million It safeguards the sites

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in Rotherham, Stocksbridge In a moment we'll get reaction

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from the MP for Rotherham but, first, Heidi Tomlinson,

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reports on the story. With long-standing customers

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like Rolls-Royce and Airbus, it was always hoped that

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South Yorkshire's expertise in producing specialist steel

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would appeal to a buyer. Liberty House is already firmly

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established in the UK steel market. Its acquisition of the sites

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in Rotherham and Stocksbridge The Indian firm's been quick to

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offer reassurance to staff at Tata. Yes, we are saying that we will

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maintain jobs in this business as there are at the moment

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and indeed we will look for ways to actually build this business

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and grow this business The ?100 million deal will bring

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relief to the 1700 people who work for Tata in

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Rotherham and Stocksbridge. The plants were put up

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for sale last March. The company blamed high energy costs

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for its own profitability. The company blamed high energy costs

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for its unprofitability. In the summer, unions

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and politicians staged protest marches finding government

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help to keep the industry That strength of feeling

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and dedication has been I think what it is is about a credit

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to the employees and trade unions and the management here,

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it has been about pulling together and really finding something,

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which will make us fit for the future through that

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transformation pan and focusing for the future through that

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transformation plan and focusing on the value-added product such

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as aerospace, which take us Unions are in the process

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of negotiating a new pension scheme. But there has been a positive

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response to the Liberty deal. Given the right investment,

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given our product that we make, we should be able to be fit

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for the future and move on and be great for this area

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because without this steel industry, There's no doubt that steel

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jobs dominate the area's employment and have done

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since the 19th century. Security of those jobs will benefit

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the surrounding economy. South Yorkshire can continue to take

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pride in this reputation Well, earlier Rotherham's MP

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Sarah Champion gave me her Oh, I am absolutely

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delighted and relieved. I am just really grateful that both

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Tata, the unions and the workers really sort of strove to get

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the best deal. Speciality steel is such

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an important part of our area, such an important part

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of our economy, so to have that There has been such uncertainty

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over this, hasn't there? Have you been surprised that it has

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actually finally come off? Well, for years now there has been

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uncertainty around steel. We have always argued that

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speciality steel in South Yorkshire is the best in the world

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and deserves to be saved. The pressure that the workers have

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been under, not knowing if they are going to have a future,

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not knowing if they are going to be So today is just a huge relief,

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both for my town of Rotherham but also for the workers

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in the whole of South Yorkshire. And how reassured you think those

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workers will be under this employer? I think that Liberty House

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is a good employer. There has been a lot of due

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diligence done by both Tata and the unions to make sure

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they are going to protect all of the workers'

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rights going forward. The biggest threat

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we have got the moment We have been campaigning for years

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to try and get them to understand the pressures that steel is facing

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at the moment, so things like incredibly high energy prices

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that makes them uncompetitive, the tariff system, which means

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that the Chinese can dump their steel here,

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and of course the increasingly Whilst it's great news that

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Liberty House is going to be taking over specialist steel,

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we need to make sure that the government plays their part

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to secure its future as well. Have there been any

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compromises in terms Sadly there have been

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compromises about the pension. Typically, unfortunately,

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it is the workers that I think, though, they have

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been pragmatic about it. Workers should be commended

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because they have taken personal financial cuts so that they can

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have a secure future. It is not something you ever

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want to see but I do admire them Sarah Champion, think

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you very much for your time. Next tonight, and the luxury super

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car manufacturer McLaren is going to build a ?50 million

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chassis factory creating The factory will build

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parts for the super cars at the University

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of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research

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Centre near Rotherham. Construction's due to start soon,

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with two years of research and development work

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ahead of production. If you like your toys,

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you're probably familiar The ultimate in precision

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engineering and pretty soon made in Yorkshire,

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well, this bit anyway. It's the chassis, which up

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until now has been But today a deal was signed,

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which will bring production To have very supportive partners

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makes it work but actually because there has been this kind

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of work in the region for a time, growing, you know, there's quite

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a bit of areas here with Boeing, with Airbus, with Rolls-Royce plc,

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then there's some skilled people here in the area already,

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so we're not starting from scratch, we're able to build on something

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that has already been started In fact, the prototype will be made

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here at Sheffield University's factory 2050, just up the road

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from the Advanced It's exactly the kind of investment

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in the region's pushing for. This is a fully commercial

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manufacturing environment where stuff that's made in this

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place can do things. The University of Sheffield

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was Boeing's aerospace We have eliminated the gap

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between ideas, research and product. I think we are the only place

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actually has done it in that way. Now, though the price tag on these

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cars means they are way outside the budget of most of us,

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the fact that at least part of them is going to be built in the region

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is a fantastic calling card. It is also a brilliant way

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to get more young people 200 jobs will be created

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here, including a number First of those has just

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given the good news. It is exciting and yes,

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it was pretty unexpected. I count myself extremely lucky

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and to be working on machines The technical bit is the material

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the chassis will be made from, something that will help develop

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more electric cars going forward. But realistically, most people just

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like the way they look. I love manufacturing,

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I love engineering. I think it's a fascinating

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discipline but when this is the product that results from it,

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you can't help getting, you know, inspired, excited,

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and motivated by it and it I know all the people that

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work for us are really, really proud of the products

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that we make. The first Yorkshire built chassis

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could be powering off the line Danni Hewson, BBC

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Look North, Sheffield. In other news, the dispute over

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train guards which brought the south east to a halt has spread

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to Northern Rail, which runs The RMT Union is to ballot

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conductors on strike action. It wants assurances about their

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future role on the network. The union is already involved

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in a long-running dispute Arriva North, which operates

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the service, has called the ballot Controversial plans for a new waste

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incinerator at Thwaites, near Keighley, have been approved

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by councillors in Bradford. People who live near the site say

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the new plant will be a blot on the landscape and affect

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the value of their homes. They're also worried

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about possible risks to health. But councillors believe

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the benefits of the proposal Leeds Rhinos have lost their opening

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match 6-4 to St Helens Leeds, who endured a miserable

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season in 2016, were the better team in the first half with centre

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Joel Moon handing off debutant Ryan Morgan to score a try midway

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through the first half, but St Helens drew level two minutes

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into the second half when stand-off Theo Fages,

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dummied his way over the line and Mark Percival's conversion

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put his side in front. OK let's catch up with the weather.

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Did going to snow? Yes, I think it is. Not just on the tops? Or likely,

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several centimetres for the higher ground but there could be wintry mix

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for the lower grounds. We are most concerned about Friday night into

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Saturday. There has been really drab Saturday. There has been really drab

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today and I think for a lot of us it will be similar tomorrow. Although

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there should be some brighter spells it will be predominantly cloudy,

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chilly and wintry showers around as well. It is this feature later on

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Friday night into Saturday where the showers will become heavier, more

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frequent and there will be a mix of rain, sleet and snow. Not exclusive

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to higher ground but I think that is where we will probably get the Cuban

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nation of a few centimetres. Lower levels will mainly have sleet and

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snow, too. -- probably get an accumulation. I think it is eyes

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that will actually be the risk into tomorrow on untreated rose EU

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brogues. -- untreated roads. There will be brighter spells from time to

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time but from the word go there will be a few showers around you driven

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in on that north-easterly breeze, which will freshen along the coast

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later. Some brighter spells but quite a lot of cloud and a few of

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those wintry showers. Feeling really cold, particularly along the coast

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once that breeze freshens. Temperatures only two or three

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Celsius. A mix of rain, sleet and snow showers overnight into Saturday

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and three Saturday slightly less cold and quieting down from Sunday

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onwards. That is it from the will turn a bit less cold again. All

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the way up seven Celsius. At this time of year we can often

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get the weather stories that reflect the battle between winter and

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spring, and that's what's been happening in New York in the USA.

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Yesterday, 17 Celsius, but today, it's been bitterly cold, just a

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daytime maximum of -2, a significant

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