Fire and rescue services around the region say plans are in place to deal with a planned strike this evening by members of the Fire Brigades' Union.
Senior officers say major incidents will be dealt with but they're warning that they will not be able to provide normal levels of cover.
The strike is due to start at 6.30 and last until 11.
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A traditional Kenyan dance troupe will be performing in an Essex church today as part of their 11th UK tour.
Outbreaks of rain will continue, on and off, throughout much of today but it should clear by the weekend.
It will be a cloudy but mild night ahead of a wet day tomorrow.