23/01/2017 South Today


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A day of disruption caused by freezing fog, warnings of similar

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conditions tomorrow. Dense fog patches would reduce

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visibility tonight and tomorrow, details shortly. Also the drivers

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still using their mobile phones at the wheel. We join the police on

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their latest crackdown. Widespread freezing fog is expected

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to cause more travel disruption Today, thousands of air

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passengers faced delays and cancellations at Gatwick,

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Heathrow and Southampton airports. Ferry services to and from the Isle

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of Wight were also disrupted And there were dozens of accidents

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on roads across the region this morning as drivers faced the twin

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hazards of fog and ice. In a moment we'll hear

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why the fog poses such a problem for our airports,

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but first Steve Humphrey reports on a frustrating day

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for many travellers. It is a blanket of fog that has

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caused widespread travel disruption. Airports have been in the thick of

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it, literally. The fog wrecked this family's hopes

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for a smooth ride to Disneyland Paris. They left Dorchester at 3am

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to get to the airport. We should have flown to Paris at 7:15 a.m.. We

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have already missed one day at Disneyland, hopefully we will be

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there tomorrow morning. Everyone, holiday makers and business

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travellers, it was a very frustrating day. I walk through the

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door on the flight was cancelled and they had to join a long queue to get

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rebooked. I am trying to get to Edinburgh for work tomorrow and

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doesn't like I will get there. As the day progressed, the number of

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cancelled flights steadily increased. Altogether, Gatwick

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cancelled 42 and arrivals and departures. 100 flights were

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also had an impact on the roads with also had an impact on the roads with

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61 crashes in Hampshire 31 in Dorset. And it has been a

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challenging day for ferry operators and their passengers on routes to

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the Isle of Wight with delays and some cancellations because of the

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poor visibility. So why does the fog end up

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grounding so many flights? It's a question I put

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to Dan Townsend - Southampton Airport's Airside Operations

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Manager. Aircraft operating at airports in

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the UK have to do so under very strict limitations for visibility

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and unfortunately when the fog comes and inevitably the fog brings very

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low visibility, below these limits that aircraft type. They are

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obviously very technical logical way advanced these days, can't systems

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with fog? There are lots of systems that allow them to cope with thick

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fog but there are days like today with very bad visibility of the

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technology on the aircraft is always ultimately reliant on the human in

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the cockpit to have a certain amount of visibility and with thick fog

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they just don't have that. Can you tell us what it is like logistical

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way for you planning when there is fog forecast? It is complicated. We

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are good at it. We spoke to our colleagues in Exeter and we have

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done a two our conference call everyday and we work with the

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network planners to make sure we can get the most up-to-date information

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for all other passengers and ensure they can plan journeys and whether

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they have to be cancelled or diverted as well. More fog forecast

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for tomorrow so I was looking? As you can see behind me, unfortunately

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the fog has come in in the last hour to the levels we are seeing now run

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the latest I have heralded as the fog is here to stay for the rest of

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the day and possibly until late morning tomorrow. All I can see to

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passengers is please do check with your airlines before you travel to

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ensure you are as informed as possible before travelling.

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Dan Townsend from Southampton Airport there.

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Well, more fog is forecast for tomorrow - Steve Humphrey

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Steve, what impact is that likely to have -

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Yes, it looks like the fog is here to stay overnight.

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The MET office has issued a Yellow Severe weather

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Already we know that Heathrow expects to be cancelling around

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Wightlink has said its Lymington to Yarmouth ferry wont

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Red Funnel says delays are likely - and along with other

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operators its urging people to check before they travel.

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And after all those accidents this morning, Dorset Police issued

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a statement today urging drivers to take far more care.

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Thanks, Steve, and we'll have the weather with Alexis a bit later.

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Meanwhile, Southern Railway will run a full timetable

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tomorrow for the first time in nearly two months.

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Today, despite a strike by members of the RMT union,

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Southern said it managed to run seven in ten services with drivers

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For the first time on a strike day Southern Portsmouth and Southampton,

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and Sussex passengers had direct services to London.

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Separate talks are continuing between the company and the drivers'

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union Aslef which has suspended its strikes.

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Almost 8,000 motorists were caught using hand-held mobiles at the wheel

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in just a week during a major police operation in November.

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The figures have been released as a new crackdown starts today.

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It's all part of an attempt to make driving whilst

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using a hand-held mobile as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.

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Duncan Kennedy has been out with a patrol along the M27.

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8am this morning and the rush-hour rash of drivers on their phones

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We are out with John and Adam from Hampshire Police and they soon

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come across this man using his device.

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He accepts what he has done and gets a fixed penalty notice.

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On another road, this man is texting.

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Even in slow traffic it's an offence to use your phone.

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He also is pulled over and given a ticket.

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We carry on and even with the added dangers of today's fog, drivers

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That driver is now about to get on his way, the fourth driver

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we have stopped this morning and we have only been

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No wonder today's figures show such a huge increase in the number

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of drivers using their phones while at the wheel.

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In a one-week nationwide police operation last November,

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nearly 8,000 people were stopped using a mobile phone.

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That's nearly four times the number just two years ago.

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I think it's a combination of education, enforcement

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on our part and changes to legislation which the government

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have obviously planned, and it has taken years

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for drink-driving to become socially unacceptable and we need the use

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of mobile phones while driving to become unacceptable as well.

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In 2015, Lee Martin was killed by a driver using his phone.

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His brother said the public must wake up to this menace.

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In March, the fines and penalty points will double for drivers

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The law is trying to get ahead of people using this behaviour

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Prince Harry was in Wiltshire today to see how former members

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of the armed forces are being helped with their mental health.

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The Prince spent the afternoon at the Help

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for Heroes Recovery Centre in Tidworth, which supports

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ex-service personnel who are living with anxiety,

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He was shown around their project to build an Iron Age roundhouse.

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The charity hopes the Prince's visit will help to remove the stigma

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I have got both physical and mental issues I need to address, I am no

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longer the person I was when I joined the force, and I think we

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would all agree it is a therapeutic environment that enables us to

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define ourselves by what we can do rather than things we can't do

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because of injuries. They are pointed in the general direction of

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years and it can be invaluable. That's all from the South Today

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news team this evening. We're back tomorrow with bulletins

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in BBC Breakfast and there's more Here with our regional weather

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forecast is Alexis Green. As you heard earlier than the

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programme, dense fog patches are possibility overnight and freezing

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in places, the temperature dropping well below freezing so quite a cold

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start with the dense fog staying with us but mainly dry up until

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Friday with the possibility of a little rain. Overnight fog will

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start to develop in the prone sports and overnight the temperature in the

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countryside could drop as low as minus six Celsius. These are the

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temperature is in our towns and cities with the yellow fog warning

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in force throughout the night and tomorrow morning. The fog could

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linger well into the afternoon and will start to rise into low cloud in

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places. With that, Mr fog lingering and the temperature could struggle

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to rise to a high of two Celsius but a high of 4-8 C. For the fog patches

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are possibility with areas east of the Isle of Wight seeing more dense

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fog patches. The farther west you are the less likelihood of fog. The

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temperature falling to freezing or just below. Wednesday we have to

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deal with the freezing fog once again in a few places but it starts

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to clear and that is because the wind will increase particularly

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through parts of Dorset and Wiltshire and where we see that, the

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temperature up a notch to around 5-8. Travelling less cold day on day

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but Thursday will be bitterly cold. Throwing in freezing a from Europe,

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lots of sunshine during the day but given the breeze and the cold air

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from the continent it will feel bitterly cold. The rain at times on

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Friday, temperature reaching eight Celsius but looking to the weekend,

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For the weekend we will have dry weather with sunny spells and it

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will be a little bit milder. Good evening. We are continuing to

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see huge righty in the weather. Getting the detail right is proving

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to be a challenge. This was in Pembrokeshire and other parts of the

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UK were gloomy throughout the day. The fog is thickening up right now.

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Particularly pool on the M5 in south-west England. Very foggy

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across parts of the West Country. This fog is tending to spread its

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way further eastwards. Some fog as well across parts of Yorkshire.

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Northern Ireland and Scotland are mild but damn. This is how we will

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start the day. At eight o'clock in the morning, quite a lot of fog

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around which could affect the major airports. What all of us have seen

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fog. There will be Sunni areas to western fringes of England and

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Wales. Across Northern Ireland and Scotland it is much milder. Some

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patchy rain around coming in on the Bruce, particularly over the hills

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in the West. Much of that will fade away. It will be relatively mild.

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For England and Wales, much of the fog were clear. Some of it will not

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sell it will be especially chilly. Quite a contrast in temperatures

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again. -- so it will be especially chilly. Despite sunshine, it will be

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on the chilly side. The fog will come back again. On Wednesday

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morning, Central and eastern parts are particularly prone. Some

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sunshine will emerge. Rather more cloud for Northern Ireland and

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Scotland. Most of the rain will be held at bay. Still relatively mild.

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A real edge to that further south and east. It would be a sign of

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things to come. On Thursday we will tap into some particularly cold air

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sitting over the continent for several days now. Europe is frozen

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at the moment. Some of the freezing cold air will head towards us on a

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stiffening south-easterly breeze. Some places will not get above

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freezing, maybe the odd snow flurry. Wherever you are, it will feel cold.

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All

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