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Sharp fall in winter deaths in Wales last year

The number of winter deaths in Wales fell last year, according to official figures released today.

There were an estimated 1,100 excess winter deaths here in winter 2013-14, a 41% fall from the previous year's 1,850, and lower than the year before that also.

Last winter saw wet and stormy weather, but temperatures were reasonably mild.

The Official for National Statistics compares the number of deaths in winter months with the average in other seasons.

Older people are disproportionately affected in winter months.

Across the UK as a whole, winter 2013-14 was the lowest number of excess winter deaths since records began in 1950-51.

Milder temperatures to end the month

Tomorrow temperatures are expected to reach 10 - 12 degrees Celsius

Over the next few days temperatures are expected to increase, and in many places throughout Wales, they could reach double figures.

But, it's the overnight temperatures which will really be noticeably milder.

At the start of the week, Sennybridge in Powys saw temperatures drop to minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, tonight temperatures in the same area are expected to remain around 6 degrees - a ten degree difference.

In southeast Wales, over the next two nights, temperatures could remain in double figures.

By next week temperatures are expected to return to normal for the time of year

It is expected to remain mild until Sunday and then as winter officially begins the temperatures return to normal for the time of year with night-time lows on average of 4 degrees Celsius.

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