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Dry, warm and sunny for many parts of the UK

Thursday will see highs of 21 Celsius (70F).

There will be outbreaks of patchy light rain and cloud across northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland today, with some sunny spells at times.

Some showers and brighter spells are expected in the far northwest of Scotland, where it will stay rather breezy through the day.

For the rest of the UK, it will remain dry, warm and sunny with highs of 21 Celsius (70F) and light south-easterly winds.

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State of emergency declared amid huge Canadian wildfire

Around 1,600 homes have been torched. Credit: Reuters

A state of emergency has been declared after a huge Canadian wildfire forced more than 80,000 residents to flee their homes.

Around 1,600 homes in the oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, have already been destroyed.

Officials said the flames were only being kept away from the downtown area by the "herculean'" efforts of firefighters.

No injuries or deaths have been reported.

All commercial flights in and out of Fort McMurray have been suspended.

Funeral for Army Captain who died after marathon collapse

David Seath collapsed just three miles from the finish. Credit: JustGiving

The funeral of Afghanistan veteran David Seath, who died after collapsing during the London marathon, will be held on Thursday.

The 31-year-old serving army officer collapsed just three miles from the finish after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest and later died in hospital.

Captain Seath, originally from Cowdenbeath in Fife but based in Plymouth, Devon, was a fire support team commander in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

He will be laid to rest following a funeral in St Margaret's RC Memorial Church, Dunfermline, led by parish priest Father Chris Heenan.

More than £100,000 has been donated to a JustGiving page in his memory while about £80,000 has been raised for the charity on his own page.

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