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Dry but cold with overnight frosts

Dry but cold with overnight frosts Credit: ITV News

The next few days look set to be largely dry but rather cold with further overnight frosts.

That will be the case tonight with clear spells allowing temperatures to fall below freezing for many of us. This will lead to a widespread frost as well as some icy patches.

Tomorrow will start on a cold, frosty note but with plenty of sunny spells from the word go.

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90 minutes delay on trains from London to west country

90 minutes delay on trains from London to west country Credit: ITV News

Trains leaving London for the west country have been subjected to at least a 90 minute delay after Network Rail didn't release the track back to FGW in time.

There's been planned engineering works over the festive break but they hadn't finished in time to release the track although the trains were ready. Passengers waiting at Paddington were given hot drinks while they waited at the station.

It was expected to take several hours for the trains to get back on time, but there was a reduced service anyway.

Sunshine and showers for Saturday

Sunshine and showers for Saturday. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Persistent rain will clear from the west this evening and some clear spells will develop, but also a few showers, these mainly in the west. Windy at first, with gales possible along the coasts, but winds will gradually ease. Minimum temperature 0 deg C (32 deg F).

Saturday:

A mix of sunny spells and some showers for many, these perhaps wintry over the Moors. Also lighter winds for most, but remaining breezy along north facing coasts. Feeling cold. Maximum temperature 6 deg C (43 deg F).

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

For many it is likely to be dry with light winds and some bright or clear periods. However remaining cold with widespread overnight frosts and some freezing fog patches.

Wins for Bristol City & Swindon keep it tight at the top

Substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored Bristol City's second goal from the penalty spot. Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City have won the West Country derby with Yeovil at Ashton Gate. Matt Smith and a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas penalty with the goals for City, before Ben Nugent pulled one back with a late long-range effort. Kieran Agard also missed a first-half penalty for the hosts. The Glovers are now bottom of the table after Crewe won at Oldham, while the win keeps Steve Cotterill's men at the top of League One.

They're one point ahead of Swindon, who had a convincing 4-1 win at Walsall. Andy Williams scored twice with Michael Smith and Massimo Luongo also on target.

In League Two, Cheltenham lost 1-0 at Exeter City. Tom Nichols scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute.

In the Conference, Forest Green Rovers twice threw away the lead against Kidderminster. A late goal giving the visitors a 3-2 win.

And Bristol Rovers won 2-1 at Torquay thanks to first-half goals from Matty Taylor and Neal Trotman. Rovers are now 2nd in the table, 9 points behind leaders Barnet.

Today's local football results.

Entries open for the first ever Bristol & Bath Marathon

Entries for the very first Bristol & Bath Marathon have opened today.

The 26.2 mile course between the two cities is taking place on Sunday 25th October 2015.

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Bargain hunters queueing since 5am in Bristol

Queues began forming at 5am at Cabot Circus in Bristol. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive

Thousands of bargain hunters across the West have been heading to the shops for the post-Christmas sales.

Queues began forming as early as 5am at Cabot Circus in Bristol.

Since Black Friday, Cabot Circus has been very busy - it’s been a strong Christmas shopping season for us.

Today we’re seeing a real buzz at Cabot Circus with customers making the most of the Boxing Day sales and taking advantage the best bargains.

It’s looking extremely busy in the centre, and many shoppers began queuing in the early hours for some of the most anticipated sales. We could see up to 100,000 shoppers at Cabot Circus today.

– Stephanie Lacey, Centre Director, Cabot Circus

Boxing Day weather forecast

Shopping in the rain. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive

Rain reaching all parts by mid-afternoon. Becoming windy. Maximum temperature 9 deg C (48 deg F).

Tonight:

Unsettled conditions continuing this evening but gradually clearing from west then becoming windy, perhaps with gales along coasts and over hills. Rain clearing eastern parts soon after midnight. Minimum temperature 2 deg C (36 deg F).

Saturday:

Sunny spells with scattered showers spreading across the region, wintry on hills. Showers continuing into the evening in the west. Northwesterly winds easing but remaining breezy along windward facing coasts. Maximum temperature 6 deg C (43 deg F).

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

It is expected to be dry with light winds and generally clear skies moving into next week. It will be cold, with overnight temperatures falling below freezing.

Christmas Night weather forecast - cold and frosty

Widespread frost is expected in the days to come Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/

It will quickly turn cold this evening, with frost developing under largely clear skies, especially in eastern parts, according to the Met Office. However, it will begin to cloud over from the west through the early hours with rain arriving across the far south west by dawn. Minimum temperature -2 deg C.

On Boxing Day, rain in the west will spread eastwards through the morning, turning heavy at times. Winds will strengthen, with a risk of gales in exposure. Maximum temperature 10 deg C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: a cloudy start for some Saturday, soon brighter although a few showers are possible, perhaps wintry on hills. Thereafter, largely fine, but cold by day, very cold and frosty by night.

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