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Fred Dinenage gets very wet on Bank Holiday Monday - and not just because of the rain

The awareness raising initiative also known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the USA - ALS standing for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The challenge dares those nominated to be filmed having cold water poured over them - they make a donation to help research - and they then challenge others to face a similar fate.

They then have twenty-four hours to comply or must, as a forfeit, make a donation to charitable organisation. Fred has nominated his co-presenter Sangeeta Bhabra and another colleague, Robin Britton, Head of News at ITV Meridian. He also nominated his friend and BBC South presenter, Sally Taylor.

For more information on the Motor Neurone Association and their fund raising objectives please go to the link here

Temperatures set to rise but thunder in the wings

Although the mercury could reach its highest point so far yet this year in the ITV Meridian region, forecasters said the heat will be accompanied by high humidity and heavy, thundery showers

Temperatures will start to rise from Thursday, peaking on Friday when the 30C barrier could be reached for the first time this year, with the most likely location somewhere to the north-west of London.

Forecasts suggest the South coast will be slightly warmer than European holiday destinations such as Barcelona, Ibiza and Nice.

The hottest day so far in 2014 was July 4, when 28.7C (83.7F) was detected in Norfolk and Essex.

Not great news for the superstitious is that there is a chance of patchy rain for St Swithun's Day tomorrow, which, according to the legend of the saint buried at Winchester Cathedral, we could have 40 days of very damp weather.

– Simon Parkin, ITV News Meridian weather presenter
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