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WEATHER: Unsettled night to come in west

50 shades of grey at Whitburn Credit: Heidi Spencer

Today is very windy. Gusts to 40mph this afternoon, up to 50mph overnight.

Despite eastern areas starting dry rain will push in from the west to the west this evening - turning heavy over The Pennines and The Cheviots during the night.

Heavy rain and a driving west /southwest wind will bring dangerous driving conditions and the risk of further flooding where ground is already saturated.

New Year's Eve day remains an unsettled day with a wet and windy start leading to showers over hills later. By evening eastern parts, away from the hills, will be dry.

New Year's Day looks mainly dry, bright and blustery. Showers are possible and although well scattered could be wintry over hills.

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