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Wrap up warm! Bob's latest weather blog

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Standby for an Arctic blast!

We're in for a teeth chattering weekend...a short-lived cold snap. After the second mildest start to November on record, temperatures will plunge, egged on by a high wind chill factor.

On Friday it will start the cooling process. An Arctic maritime airmass will begin making its way south across the country. The north and the east will not only shiver but there may be falls of snow over high ground.

By Saturday the cold air will have crept south to cover most of England. Although there'll be sunny spells, it will be very chilly. Daytime values around 6 or 7 degrees - those figures will be doctored by the wind chill. A strong north-westerly to north wind will make it feel colder. Just the chance that any showers could turn wintry over high ground like the moors.

Away from the coast, overnight temperatures will fall close to zero. So a widespread frost and the risk of icy patches where there's standing water.

So get the gloves, scarves and woolly hats out. We'll have to endure the first cold spell of the season. But it won't last long. Back to milder conditions early next week.

Junior doctors vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

The British Medical Association said it was "keen to avert the need for industrial action" Credit: PA

Junior doctors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action, with 98% calling for a walkout.

The first strike is planned for the 1 December where junior doctors will only provide emergency care. This will then be followed by an all-out walkout from 8am to 5pm on 8 December and then 16 December.

The British Medical Association said it was "keen to avert the need for industrial action". The doctors' union has approached conciliation service Acas for talks with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS Employers.


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