An extra four fire engines were called in at around 6pm to help tackle the blaze at John Ray Infant School in Braintree.
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Cloudy skies with a southeasterly breeze picking up and rain reaching western counties by dusk, perhaps snow in places later.
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Some morning brightness on Boxing Day but cloud increasing, with rain, sleet and snow, spreading in late afternoon. Turning windy.