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the will be plenty of warm sunshine. the notes will be on the chilly side but as we head into the longer range forecasts, it'll be getting warmer, still dry and sunny. the headlines at 6.00pm: hundreds of deaths at a hospital in hampshire because of the over—use of strong painkillers. these horrifying, shameful, unforgivable actions need to be disclosed in a criminal court for a jury to decide, and only then can we put our loved ones to rest. in the commons, the government wins a key vote on the brexit bill defeating calls for mps to be given ‘a meaningful vote‘ on the final deal. president trump has signalled he is likely to change the immigration policy — which has seen children separated from their parents at the mexican border. we have compassion, i want to keep families together, it is very important. i will be signing
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something in a little while that is going to do that. commentator: towards the six yard box and it is in! and ronaldo scores again for portugal to knock morocco out of the world cup. it's 6 o'clock. our main story is a major inquiry has found that hundreds of elderly patients at a hospital in hampshire died prematurely because of what it says was an ‘institutionalised regime‘ of prescribing ‘dangerous doses‘ of powerful painkilling drugs when there was no medical justification. the report into suspicious deaths at the gosport war memorial hospital between 1989 and 2000 says the practice resulted in more than a50 patients‘ lives being shortened. the independent panel says families who raised concerns were consistently let down by those in authority. campaigners are calling for criminal prosecutions. 0ur health correspondent
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catherine burns reports. robert wilson. sheila gregory. geoffrey packham. elsie devine. arthur cunningham. gladys richards. some went into gosport war memorial hospital to recover after falls, others had bedsores or broken bones. none came out alive. some families have been fighting for the truth for 20 years. today they came to hear the latest report. they were hoping for something very critical, and they got it. it says, between 1989 and 2000 there was an "institutionalised practice of shortening lives". a56 patients died because they were given strong painkillers with no medicaljustification. the real number could be much higher. missing records mean that probably at least another 200 were
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affected. the relatives have shown remarkable tenacity and fortitude in questioning what happened to their loved ones. the documents explained and published today, showed that they were right to ask those questions. families say it has taken 12 investigations to get this far. 0ur vulnerable relatives who were stripped of their final words to their loved ones, silenced by overdoses is more than catastrophic. this sort of behaviour going on in our nhs is both chilling and precarious. the health secretary agreed that justice had been denied for too long. nothing i say today will lessen the anguish and pain, the families that have campaigned for 20 years forjustice after the loss of a loved ones. but i can, at least, on behalf of the government and the nhs apologise for what happened, and what they have been through.
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gillian mackenzie was the first relative to go to the police in 1998 after her mother died at gosport. when i contacted the police and said that i wanted an appointment with somebody in cid with an allegation of unlawful killing. i was told, there, there, they you are upset. no one was arrested and charged, but more families came forward as a result. later, they were looking into 92 cases. no proceedings were brought. the drug at the heart of this is diamorphine. it should only be used to relieve severe pain, for example, after a car crash, or in end of life care. but this long list of names shows the human costs. patients who were not terminally ill when admitted.
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many were given diamorphine. 59% of those were dead within two days. the report also says former gp jane barton was largely responsible for prescribing these drugs. she worked part—time at the hospital, guilty of serious, professional misconduct, although she was not banned from practising. she chose to retire soon after. we need to make sure that all of those people who closed ranks,blocked the families get into the truth, have to be held to the account, as well. the independent panel does not have the power to recommend specific criminal action, but it calls on the government and other authorities to recognise how significant this is and act accordingly. the government has won a key vote on the eu withdrawal bill, after an amendment calling for mps to be given more of a say the government has won a key vote
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on the eu withdrawal bill, after an amendment calling for mps to be given more of a say on what should happen if there‘s ‘no deal‘ was rejected. in the end, the vote was close, with the government securing a majority 319 votes to 303 — just 16 votes separating the two sides. the debate turned a corner in the afternoon when a key brexit rebel in the conservatives, former attorney general dominic grieve, said he would back down and support the government — after receiving further reassurance from ministers. my view is that if that is the issue, having finally obtained, with little bit more difficulty than i would have wished. the obvious acknowledgement of the sovereignty of this place over the executive in black—and—white language. i am prepared to accept the government's difficulty and support it... i am prepared to accept the government's difficulty, and, in the circumstances, accept
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the form of amendment at once. -- it —— it wants. president trump has indicated that he will sign an executive order to end the controversial practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the us border with mexico. the move follow worldwide condemnation of the policy — which involves splitting up families members up while their cases are heard. the president was speaking in the white house a short time ago. the republicans want security and insist on security for our country, and we will have that at the same time, we have compassion and to want to keep families together, it is very important. i‘ve will sign something in a little while that is going to do that, and the people in this room want to do that, and they are working on various pieces of legislation to get it done. if you
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are weak, if you are weak, and some people would like you to be, if you are relieved, really, that icky week, the country is going to be overrun with millions of people, and if you are strong, then you don‘t have any hard. it is a tough dilemma. president trump speaking recently to address the widespread criticism of the immigration policy, hinting that an executive order could be signed today, but we have not seen the wording, yet. the former football coach, barry bennell, has lost a court of appeal challenge against his 30 year prison sentence. in february the former crewe alexandra youth coach was convicted of 52 counts of indecent assault against 12 boys. bennell‘s lawyer had previously argued that custody would be "more difficult" for him due to his poor health. a 23—year—old from north london has been arrested in connection with a small explosion
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at southgate underground station last night. the incident, which left five people with minor injuries, is believed to have been caused by a faulty drill battery. the man has been released pending further inquiries. lord sugar has apologised for a tweet about the senegal football team, in which he compared the country‘s world cup squad to beach vendors in marbella. the apprentice boss had initially defended his post saying people had misinterpreted it. however, he later retracted that and said his attempt at humour had "backfired." now, bbc news at six coming up pretty soon. it is the owner in the chair today a little later than usual because of the world cup football, but now, thank you watching, goodbye. how there
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the daughter of one victim condemns what happened at the hospital going back to 1989 as scandalous and immoral. i thought she was in a safe place, being cared for. how wrong i was. the health secretary has apologised and says the cps will examine whether to bring criminal charges. also tonight... donald trump says he will stop the forced separations of children from migrant parents at the us border. lord sugar is forced to apologise
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after his tweet about senegal‘s football team is widely attacked as racist. is summer going to lose its fizz? drinks firms warn of possible shortages because of a lack of carbon dioxide. towards the six yard box, it is in! another match, another ronaldo goal — portugal‘s super—striker gives his team their first win of the world cup. and coming up later in the hour on bbc news, we‘ll be live in moscow with sportsday, as we look at all the action and news on day seven of the world cup. good evening. a56 patients died after being wrongly given powerful painkillers at gosport war memorial hospital.
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that‘s the conclusion of an independent panel which said it‘s possible a further 200 patients may have suffered a similar fate between 1989 and 2000. concerns were first raised by the daughter of one of the patients who died. it took until today to produce a report which found that at the hospital there was a disregard for human life, and a culture of shortening the lives of a large number of patients. it says there was an institutionalised regime of prescribing and administering dangerous doses of drugs, which were not clinicallyjustified. and, when dealing with family members who raised concerns, the bereaved were consistently let down by those in authority. the health secretary has apologised and says criminal charges will now be considered. 0ur health editor hugh pym has been speaking to some of the families involved. mourning a mother and grandmother. anne and bridget looking across to gosport and reflecting on their loss nearly two decades ago. i thought she was in a safe place, being cared for.
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how wrong i was. and i have to live with that. shocking. absolutely shocking. her mother, elsie devine, went to the hospital for rehabilitation after treatment for an infection. she died after four weeks. the family later discovered she‘d had huge doses of painkillers. those drugs, even in their individual states, let alone given together as a cocktail, were far too high in their dosage. we're talking 100% too high. the report says more than 650 patients probably died at gosport war memorial hospital because opioids were prescribed for no medical reason. it says in the 19905 there was an institutionalised practice of shortening lives. drjane barton, a clinical assistant, is named in the report as responsible for prescribing practice.
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she was later disciplined by medical regulators. bishop james jones, who chaired the review, told me that was a collective failure at the hospital. these drugs that were prescribed were then administered by nurses who would have known the effect of those drugs. the pharmacist in the hospital would have known the level of opioids that she or he was being asked to supply. the whole institution including, i have to say, the consultants, who had responsibility over the clinical assistants, they knew, as far as our record show, what was going on in the hospital. after the report was published, anne and bridgetjoined other families who felt that before now they‘d been ignored by so many in authority. we were blocked by every single one. today that wall has come tumbling down and now and now we want answers.
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the truth is there now and we don‘t want this government to sit on it, like any other inquiry. we want action now. the report highlights a series of warnings and missed opportunities. back in 1991, nurses raised concerns about prescribing. in 2001, police investigated the deaths of 92 patients but there were no prosecutions. in 2009, an inquest ruled that some patients had been given inappropriate medication. in 2010, dr barton was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the general medical council. in the same year, the crown prosecution service said there was insufficient evidence for a prosecution. had the establishment listened when junior nhs staff spoke out, had the establishment listened when ordinary families raised concerns, instead of treating them as troublemakers, many of those deaths would not have happened. cindy and debbie‘s father stan went into the hospital to recover after a stroke, but within a couple of weeks, after medication, he‘d died.
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he deserves to get better, come home and be a dad and be a grandad for many years to come. —— he deserved to. today she told me she felt the report was a big step forward. mixed emotions today. heartbroken but with a sense that, actually, we were right all along and eventually somebody has listened to us. ministers say prosecuting authorities will decide whether criminal charges should be brought. that is what the families of those who died now wish to see. there was a strong sense today of individuals being let down by the system, the establishment. that was the point made byjeremy hunt in the commons as he apologised to his department was my conduct. theresa may made the point that the whole public sector could learn lessons. instead of closing ranks and not listening to genuine complaints. as
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for the families, the thought expressed was that after almost 20 yea rs of expressed was that after almost 20 years of campaigning and getting this very exhaustive reportable fa cts this very exhaustive reportable facts being set out, this isjust the beginning of a journey which they hope will result in criminal proceedings. hugh pym in portsmouth, thank you. the scandal of children of migrants being separated from their parents at the american border with mexico has prompted donald trump to say he will stop the policy. the sight and sound of distraught children in what look like metal cages has attracted international condemnation. we can talk to gary 0‘donoghue at a us border crossing in texas. gary, this has provoked hostile headlines around the world, what‘s president trump doing about it? well, you are right, fiona. we are looking at between 3000 and 4000 children separated from apparent since the autumn and put into detention while their parents are processed through the system. donald
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trump has always insisted that the policy is out of his control and it is down to the courts and congress to change it. we have had a 180 degrees u—turn by the president on this, he now says he will sign an order to stop that practice. the problem is all these thousands of children separated from their pa rents, children separated from their parents, reuniting them will be a hugely difficult practical problem. then finding places to house them together an enormous challenge for the government. this may be the beginning of the end but there are plenty of problems in terms of the treatment of children in the next few weeks. gary 0‘donoghue in texas, thank you. today could have been the day the government was forced into a humiliating defeat over brexit as tory rebels threatened to vote against a key amendment. in the end, the government won the day over how much say mps will get over the final brexit vote. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg has been watching developments at westminster. call off the troops. we voted to leave the european union, so the government‘s trying to transfer all european law
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into british tradition before there is a final deal. but the tories have already come to blows over who is really in charge if things go wrong at home. a small but noisy group of tory mps have been pushing the government on what happens if parliament says "no" to the final brexit deal that‘s negotiated with the european union. they wanted a legal guarantee they would be able to send ministers back to the negotiating table to try again. theresa may and her ministers were adamant they need the option of no deal, of walking away. this fight has been about who is really in charge, parliament or number 10. last week, the prime minister and her team swerved defeat by promising to listen again what should happen if there is no deal. secretary david davis. but only a last—minute statement from her brexit secretary gave an escape route for both sides to walk away from a serious clash.
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we debate, we argue, we make our case with a passion, but we do it to a purpose, and that is to deliver for our people, not just to please ourselves. they decided to leave the european union, and whatever the european union think about that, we will do it. it is unthinkable that any prime minister would seek to force through a course of action with significant consequences for many, many years, which the majority in this house did not approve of. would mps be able to stop that happening? in the bottom left—hand corner, you seek government whips in charge of discipline whispering about a compromise. then the chief whip, a little later, get up from his seat and give a quiet thumbs up. enough rebels were willing to compromise, if not exactly gladly. i am prepared to accept the government‘s difficulty and support it. i have to say, there‘s enough madness around at the moment to make one start to question
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whether collective sanity in this country has disappeared. it was not comfortable. 0ne unwell labour mp in a wheelchair and morphine was forced to come and vote. the noes have it, the noes have it. but enough mps relieved assurances they would have a real say. —— believed assurances. there were some procedural changes today, but there was no change in the fundamental issue, which is the government cannot be forced by parliament to negotiate something that the government doesn‘t want to do. that‘s the key as we move forward. hopefully now this takes the whole brexit debate into a new place. it‘s not over, though. the bill goes back to the lords, where objections linger, and still close even after compromise. the government can‘t sit comfortably tonight. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. the death of a man who was restrained by a police officer has been ruled an accident by an inquestjury. 20—year—old rashan charles
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was chased into a shop by police in london lastjuly and restrained — he later died of a cardiac arrest. a coroner‘s court said justified force was used but that the officer didn‘t follow other police protocols. mr charles‘s family called the conclusion a farce. lord sugar has apologised after being accused of racism in a tweet in which he compared a picture of senegal‘s world cup squad to beach sellers in spain. the mocked—up photo showed the team next to an array of sunglasses and handbags. lord sugar, who hosts the apprentice on bbc one, later deleted the post and has apologised, but the tweet‘s prompted a storm of criticism, as frankie mccamley reports. the british billionaire turned tv star of the apprentice, lord sugar, synonymous with these two stinging words. you're fired.
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but following the senegal versus poland world cup match, lord sugar tweeted to compare senegal‘s national team gb trend is in spain, posting and images of sunglasses and handbags underneath. the comments prompted hundreds of people to show him the red card. mp dawn butler wrote that she was troubled after seeing lord sugar‘s racist tweet. following the criticism he tweeted to say i can‘t see what i had to apologise for, you are 0t t. it was casual racism. i don‘t think he believed that in the first instance. as an educational charity working with young people on a daily basis and seeing the effects of casual racism, i can assure him it was casual racism. i think as the reaction has gone onto the course of
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the day, lord sugar has realised the implications of his words and actions. we have tried speaking to lord sugar that he was not available. despite him not speaking to us at his home in essex today, lord sugar has tweeted an apology. i misjudged the earlier tweet, it was in no way intended to cause offence and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. i have deleted the tweet and am very sorry. sir alan michael sugar... the bbc press office commented on lord sugar‘s actions, saying it was a seriously misjudged tweet. it continued, it is right he has apologised unreservedly. despite the comments off the pitch, senegal claimed victory on the pitch with a win over poland. and even the fans were praised for cleaning up the stand afterwards. our top story this evening. calls for a criminal investigation into how more than 450 hospital patients died after wrongly being given powerful painkillers. and in the world cup in moscow,
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cristiano ronaldo has made footballing history again. and coming up later in the hour on bbc news, we‘ll be live in moscow with sportsday, as we look at all the action and news on day seven of the world cup. it was one of the most talked—about legal cases of last year. great 0rmond street children‘s hospital took the parents of a baby, charlie gard, to court because they couldn‘t agree on his treatment. charlie died days before his first birthday. his family say the hospital refused to try mediation before starting legal action. now they are campaigning for a change to the law. they‘ve been talking to our health correspondent catherine burns. charlie gard spent less than two months at home, but his presence is everywhere. from the congratulations cards his parents got when they found out they were expecting, to baby photos and a box of precious memories. newborn hat. never throw that away. he died a week before
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his first birthday. his short life became a very bitter and public legal fight. doctors at great 0rmond street hospital said there was no cure or treatment for his rare degenerative condition, but his parents wanted to try experimental therapy in america. if mediation had have taken place with an independent mediator, we would have felt that our voices were actually being listened to. they say they asked for mediation months before he died, but they didn‘t get any. the hospital claims it did offer it in the final few days of his life. the family want legal changes. charlie‘s law would include better access to independent medical mediators. it was so, so hard for us to go through what we went through. we don‘t want it to happen to anyone else again. we're trying to prevent these cases from ever going to court. it was completely and utterly daunting and terrifying for us, of course.
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we were totally out of our depth. these doctors and nurses work for the evelina children‘s hospital in london. they‘re being trained in how to avoid serious disagreements with patients and their families. if that doesn‘t work, mediators can defuse tension. mediation is always surprising in the way that it can sometimes break through what had seemed to be really intractable conflicts, because they are there to listen to all sides of a story and to say they all matter. in april, a different child with a different condition. at one stage, protesters supporting alfie evans‘ family tried to storm the hospital where he eventually died. leading paediatricians say they are concerned about how these cases are often played out in the spotlight, partly thanks to social media. they say they‘ve seen hospitals and doctors come under intense criticism and are worried that this could make it harder to find and keep vital staff.
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sam charles—kerr and her husband danny also know the pain of losing a baby. their daughter lexi lived for 19 days. children can die, and it‘s heartbreaking and it destroys families, but here they talk you through it and they help you build and they help you move on. there are at least 49,000 children and young people in the uk with illnesses which make up their lives short. in most cases, families and medics do work together to find a way forward. but charlie gard‘s parents feel that unless something changes, there will be more cases like theirs in the courts. catherine burns, bbc news. researchers have created pigs that are resistant to what they say is one of the world‘s most costly animal diseases. the animals are among
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the first to be resistant to the virus, which affects the lungs, thanks to so—called gene editing. removing part of their dna could create a new generation of farm animals, but gene—edited pork and bacon can‘t be sold for people to eat. could this summer be about to lose its fizz? there‘s a warning today about the worst shortages for decades of the gas used to make fizzy drinks, c02. factories have been forced to stop production of it because of a lack of the key ingredient, ammonia. danny savage reports. fizzy drinks are part of our everyday lives. prosecco, diet coke, sparkling water... they are vital to the success of our pub and drinks industry. but they all need what‘s in this very unexciting—looking tank, and stocks of c02 at this brewery in leeds are getting low. enough for now, but a fresh supply is needed soon. it‘s absolutely huge. 90% of our production is carbonated beer. we need c02 to introduce our carbonation... brewer brian has been promised another delivery of c02 at the start of next month, but things are getting a bit tense in the industry.
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it should be ok for a couple of weeks, as long as the issue doesn‘t continue longer than our supplier has said it will. speaking to other brewers, they are in a similar position. just keeping an eye on it, in some cases reducing production slightlyjust to make sure they get through. c02 puts the bubbles in fizzy drinks. currently, at least five producers across northern europe are off—line for maintenance, creating the worst supply crisis for decades. but the message is, don‘t panic. we have got some shortages, we have got some issues, but don't stop going to the pub, be a bit more understanding. we are coping with it, and we hope that working with those companies we can get this supply of c02, which is so vital to the brewing industry, back on stream as quickly as possible. but, could we cope with a flat future without our fizzy favourites? so, how about gin without the tonic? 0k... it‘s quite different!
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she laughs. better with the tonic? better with the tonic, definitely. yeah. i usually drink real ale anyway, so i wouldn't have a problem with not having any c02. carbon dioxide is used for packing food as well, but indications from the drinks industry are that this is going to get worse before it gets better. danny savage, bbc news, leeds. at the world cup, portugal‘s seemingly unstoppable striker cristiano ronaldo has been doing what he does best, scoring, this time against morocco. 0ur sports correspondent natalie pirksjoins me from moscow. natalie, this man is a machine. use a machine, others save the greatest. his goal today saw him become the top scorer from year wreck in international football of all time. portugal heavily reliant
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on his goals. he scored all four of their goals in the tournament so far. something tells me he doesn‘t mind the attention. he scores them with his left foot... he scores them with his right. commentator: silva with another opportunity, short this time. today, ronaldo used his head. but the celebration is always the same. legs akimbo, arms outstretched, adulation incomings. # nobody plays like ronaldo...#. fans flocked to the luzhniki stadium today, and it was clear who most had come for. his appeal is global. we are from india! this world cup, it could be the world cup of ronaldo. our world cup. european champions and world champions, you believe? yes. for sure. belief is high because ronaldo is the world player of the year. it‘s been passed between just two players, him and argentina‘s lionel messi, for the last ten years, and caused endless debate over
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who is the greatest. we like ronaldo, we love ronaldo! he's the best player in the world. messi! ronaldo, ronaldo! messi, messi! he wants to be the best. he always says that, and every time he comes out and say something, he achieves. commentator: still they try and find a way through... drogba! didier drogba has played against both ronaldo and messi, it‘s just too hard to pick a side. if you had to have one... they are really different, and what they're doing for us is amazing. you know, real entertainment, and it's a pleasure to watch them play. portugal‘s pleasure is the world cup‘s gain. natalie pirks, bbc news, moscow. time for a look at the weather. here‘s darren bett. it's
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it‘s cooler and fresher tomorrow but dry and sunny weather. we‘ve had the last of the warm and muggy air and this window of sunshine. furthermore the skies looking different in scotla nd the skies looking different in scotland but quite a few showers to the north of the central belt in the cooler and fresher air. more showers over the next few hours in scotland, some of them heavy, clipping northern ireland and northern england before exiting into the north sea. becoming clear with northerly breeze drawing down. temperatures lower across the southern half of the uk. we‘re getting cooler, fresher air because all that heat and humidity getting pushed into europe. cooler and fresher air coming down from the north because we have a big area of high pressure sitting to the west of the uk which is bringing us this north to north westerly airflow. windy in the north—east of scotland, costs of 50 mph. in the morning there could be some showers for the
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northern isles. 0n there could be some showers for the northern isles. on thursday a dry day with plenty of sunshine around and some fair weather cloud coming in. across the southern half of the uk particularly in the south—east and east anglia, temperatures noticeably lower. typical temperatures 16—18. more of the same on friday with a bit more cloud for the northern half of scotland, threatening one or two spots of rain. 0therwise dry with plenty of sunshine. the wind a bit light on friday. those temperatures climbing up friday. those temperatures climbing up by friday. those temperatures climbing up bya friday. those temperatures climbing up by a degree sobhi could see a top temperature of 22. that sets us up for the weekend where winds will be light and it should be getting warmer. staying dry through the weekend, lots of sunshine on the way. that‘s all from us, now on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are.


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