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Alex's Weather Blog: sunshine, thunder and hail all on the way

This week has started off cloudy, damp in parts, and on the colder side with temperatures back down into single figures and below average for the time of year.

Over the next few days we'll hold on to the chilly unstable airmass that will bring us a real mixed bag of weather, and even some wintry showers.

Tuesday in particular is looking very changeable. Tomorrow morning will be bright and chilly with the odd shower at first, but come the afternoon the showers will turn heavy and persistent at times, even thundery with a mix of hail and sleet likely over high ground like the moors.

Wednesday looks like the best day of the week. Dry and bright for most areas with a marginal increase in temperature. The wind will remain light although it will turn noticeably windier come the end of the week.

Thursday and Friday will be more unsettled with cloudy skies and outbreaks of rain approaching from the west. The temperature will be milder, although we won't notice the increase under the cloud and rain. The breezy conditions won't make it feel too pleasant either. Keep your brollies handy and wrap up warmer whilst Winter tries to bite back at Spring.

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New deal for rail passengers in the South West

The Department of Transport has announced plans to improve rail services into and out of the South West. It's also announced an extension of the rail franchise for First Great Western until April 2019.

First Great Western will retain their franchise until April 2019 Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

The Government says it'll mean around three million additional seats a year by 2018, and the introduction of 369 new carriages through the roll-out of new hi-tech Intercity Express Programme trains built by Hitachi.

I am determined that passengers in the West, Thames Valley and South Wales get a railway that is fit for the 21st century. This is a fantastic deal which will give them more seats, more services and brand new fleets of modern trains.

“This government knows the importance of our railways. That is why they are a vital part of our long term economic plan, with over £38 billion being spent on the network between 2014 and 2019.


Twin brothers attacked with a knife in Wiltshire

Twin brothers attacked with a knife in Wiltshire

Twin brothers have been attacked with a knife in Wiltshire, with Police saying one is lucky to be alive.

Police say the incident happened last night in Dilton Marsh near Westbury. The brothers were among a group of teenagers who had been at a party yesterday evening. They had left the party and were standing at what is known locally as the Dilton Marsh roundabout in Tanyard Way when they were approached by the man.

"We’ve been told that an unknown man approached the group on the roundabout and threatened them.

He was chased by several of the teenagers but produced a knife.

One of the brothers was slashed across the chest and is lucky to be alive because the knife wound was so deep it was close to his heart. He was just a couple of millimetres from death. He was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where he is in a serious but stable condition.

The other brother received cuts to his hands and was treated in hospital in Trowbridge and discharged.

This was an extremely serious assault with a very sharp blade.

I urgently need to hear from anyone who was at the party or who witnessed what happened around Tanyard Way between 11pm and midnight on Saturday.”

– Detective Inspector Paul Franklin

DI Franklin said the suspect was likely to have been bleeding from a facial injury which he received during the confrontation.

The attacker was described as being aged between 20 and 30, with shortish black hair. He was wearing a blue jacket and either blue jeans or grey jogging bottoms. He is thought to be about 5ft 8in to 5ft 9 in tall.

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