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Weather: Cold start but growing milder

Credit: Met Office

It will be a cold and, in places, frosty start for northeastern England and much of Scotland with snow falling on any high ground.

This will gradually turn to rain as much warmer air pushes in from the south, the rain eventually reaching Shetland during the late afternoon.

Rain already across Northern Ireland and the northwest of England during the early morning will soon clear away northeastwards, leaving a very mild and cloudy day elsewhere with occasional drizzle.

The maximum temperature will be 14 degrees Celsius (57 Fahrenheit).

RAF readying for Syria mission ahead of vote

File image of two Tornado Gr4 jets Credit: PA

RAF war planes are reportedly gearing up to launch air strikes on Islamic State bases in Syria should a vote in parliament scheduled for Wednesday approve a bombing run.

It is thought the first bombing missions could take place before the end of the week if parliament votes in favour of the plan.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would call a vote on the issue in the House of Commons tomorrow.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond indicated that if MPs vote for air strikes on Wednesday, more war planes would be deployed to the region to supplement the RAF Tornado GR4s already attacking IS in Iraq.


Prince Charles to address climate delegates

Charles' speech comes as delegates focus on efforts to cut emissions from deforestation Credit: Poletto Francois / ABACA/Press Association Images

The Prince of Wales is to address delegates to UN climate talks in Paris again today, speaking on the subject of forest protection.

Charles' speech comes as delegates focus on efforts to cut emissions from deforestation.

Experts warn agriculture, forestry and land use are responsible for almost a quarter of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, and action to tackle the problem is a key part of curbing climate change.

New action to protect tropical rainforests are expected to be announced as part of the climate talks.

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