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Thursday, 7 February, 2002, 16:34 GMT
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Scotland

Strong winds and heavy rain have caused serious problems in some parts of Scotland though dry spells in recent days have helped conditions.

But forecasters predict more showers and strong winds in the region during Thursday night and throughout Friday.

The north and west of Scotland will be most affected although clear spells are expected as the bad weather moves east.

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Northern Ireland

Temperatures will reach a maximum of 8C in Northern Ireland during Thursday night.

Clear, dry spells and local ground frost are expected during the night on Thursday, but the clouds are predicted to return again by dawn, with perhaps some rain in the far southwest.

Irish Republic

Things will ease up with moderate breezes, cloud and sunny spells.

On the border between Galway and Clare an estimated 6,000 acres of land is still underwater.

And a friendly dolphin which frolics amongst tourists off the west coast of Ireland is at risk from diesel which is spilling from a trawler grounded on rocks.

Maritime experts are trying to keep Fungie the dolphin, which is usually a welcome visitor, away from the Celestial Dawn which became trapped on rocks while trying to put to sea during storms at the weekend.

Absorbent booms remain in place around the Spanish boat, and its leaking 39,000 litres of diesel, in a bid to protect wildlife around Dingle Bay, County Kerry.

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North East

The two flood warnings which were in place on the River Ouse have now been lifted.

Some showers are expected on Thursday evening but it will be mainly dry overnight with clear spells. The winds will persist.

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North West

Isolated showers will gradually die away throughout the night on Thursday although it will remain breezy.

Friday is expected to be cloudy and windy with periods of rain and drizzle.

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Midlands

The Midlands is still one of the worst affected areas, with the Environment Agency still maintaining flood warnings on 12 river stretches in the region.

Five warnings were lifted during Thursday although forecasters fear the situation could be further exacerbated as more wet and windy weather hits the area on Friday.

Most of the rivers Severn, Avon and Wye remain under alert.

Warnings have, however, been lifted for the stretch of the River Severn from Coalport to Highley and the River Wye where it passes through Hereford.

The city had been split in half as the river rose 18 feet above its normal level, bursting its banks and causing major damage.

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East Anglia

Most of the flood watches or warnings in this area have now been lifted with just six, mainly on the river Great Ouse still in place.

Motorists and residents are still being advised to be cautious around their banks.

After a dry start on Friday morning rain and stronger breezes are predicted by the afternoon.

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Wales

Just one flood warning remains in Wales in the Lower Dee Valley from Llangollen to Chester.

Isolated showers in coastal and hilly areas are predicted on Friday, although the rest of the country is expected to remain dry with clear spells.

Winds are expected to die down.

The Stena Line High Speed Super Ferry services between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire are not operating until 12 February, because of a "re-fit following the recent bad weather".

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South East

There are six flood warnings in the south east on stretches of the River Medway and the Great Ouse.

However, although Friday will see a dry start rain and strengthening southwest winds are expected by the afternoon.

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South West

One flood warning on the River Parrett (Lower) at Langport Westover Trading Estate remains with five areas on alert.

Forecasters predict cloudy weather with patchy rain or drizzle at times, with a moderate south-westerly wind.


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