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Frost is forecast for Christmas Day

The weather will be colder and brighter over Christmas but then unsettled into the weekend Credit: ITV News

The Met Office has issued the following forecast for this evening into Christmas Day:

It will be dry with clear spells through the evening and night. Winds will ease, which with clear skies will allow a patchy frost to form. Minimum temperature 3C (37F).

There will be a chilly to start on Christmas Day, but staying fine, dry and cold. There will be plenty of sunshine throughout, and clear spells during the evening will lead to a widespread frost. Maximum temperature 9C (48F).

It will be cold and dry at first on Boxing Day, then turning cloudy, wet and windy later.

Heavy rain and gales are possible possible overnight and through Saturday. On Sunday it will be drier and colder.

Woman dials 999 to deal with dead cat

The South Western Ambulance Service has had one of its busiest weekends on record - with the control room handling an unprecedented number of calls. And while the majority were genuine emergencies, there is a growing problem with time wasters who needlessly call 999.

The call below, in which a woman calls the emergency services after finding a dead cat, is just one example of what operators have to deal with.

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South West set for small rise in house prices

Last year saw a much bigger rise in prices. Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Experts are predicting a 2% increase in houses prices in the South West next year.

According to the annual market forecast from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the region is set for one of smallest regional growths in the country.

Firefighters start 24-hour walkout

Firefighters in the West Country begin another 24-hour strike today, as part of a long-running dispute with the government over pensions.

Crews will be walking out from 9am today until 9am Wednesday morning. Fire officers are warning people to take extra care during these hours.

Fire crews to stage further strike action Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Dog-owners urged to get their pets chipped

From April 2016 it will be compulsory for dogs to be microchipped - yet over 100,000 dogs in the South West remain unchipped.

The Dogs Trust is encouraging owners to get their dogs chipped by offering free microchipping to all dogs at 20 of its rehoming centres.

The charity hopes dog-owners will take up their offer Credit: Toby Melville/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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The People's Millions: Wednesday's Vote

The projects going head-tohead in tonight's vote are Freedom 2 and Scoot-a-Boat.

Here’s your chance to vote for the project you’d like to see get the money. To vote from a landline call 09015 228206 or from mobiles ONLY call 6228206 and press option 1 for Freedom 2 or press option 2 for Scoot-a-Boat.

Mobile and BT landline votes cost 15p. Other landlines may vary. Lines close at midnight tonight. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO VOTE IF YOU ARE WATCHING ON DEMAND.

For terms and conditions see here

The People's Millions - Day Three

Voting is underway in The People's Millions competition Credit: ITV News West Country

Lines are now open for day three of voting in The People’s Millions competition. Today in the West Country Freedom 2 goes head to head with Scoot-a-Boat.

A grant of up to £50,000 is up for grabs for the winner. The other project is still in with a chance of winning National Lottery cash if it gets the highest number of runner-up votes.

Details of how to vote here for terms see here

The People’s Millions is a long-running collaboration between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund. We want to help projects that capture the public’s imagination, inspire local people to get involved and to make a lasting difference to those in their area through improvements to the neighbourhood.

The People's Millions

Voting has started in this year's People's Millions competition Credit: ITV News West Country

Lines are now open for day one of voting in The People’s Millions competition. Today in the West Country Acorn To Oak goes head to head with Search & Rescue Drone.

A grant of up to £50,000 is up for grabs for the winner. The other project is still in with a chance of winning National Lottery cash if it gets the highest number of runner-up votes.

Details of how to vote here for terms see here

The People’s Millions is a long-running collaboration between ITV and the Big Lottery Fund. We want to help projects that capture the public’s imagination, inspire local people to get involved and to make a lasting difference to those in their area through improvements to the neighbourhood.

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