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Watch: Today's weather for the south of England

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

We're expecting a warm and humid day with a risk of thundery showers.

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South Western railway strike continues

It's day four of a strike by South Western Railway (SWR) staff over the role of train guards.

SWR is running a reduced service across the network.

The operator which runs services in London and Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, the Isle of Wight and Somerset, said the action was "unnecessary" and it was "cynical" of the union to target events such as Royal Ascot.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said staff had been left with no choice but to strike, and accused SWR of failing to guarantee guard roles.

The walkout is due to continue on Saturday.

Surbiton station during strike
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Weather: Risk of thunderstorms

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

SWR strike: Wheelie bin on train sparks concerns

On a day when South Western Railway (SWR) is experiencing severe overcrowding due to the start of a five-day strike, a number of commuters have wondered why a wheelie bin has been given a special place on one of its trains...

Other passengers have raised security concerns as it was not clear what was in the bin.

SWR later tweeted to say it was most likely transporting lost property to one of its station.

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Royal Ascot set to kick off

Five days of top horse racing at Royal Ascot kicks off today.

The event will see the annual attendance of the Queen, whose arrival will be announced by a colourful procession of open-top carriages along the racecourse.

Racegoers heading to Ascot have been urged to allow extra time for travel as a five-day strike begins.

South Western Railway has told passengers that while services may be disrupted they will still be running.

Queen at Ascot
The Queen attends the event every year

MP supports train guards strike

Labour MP Ian Mearns has joined a picket line this morning in support of striking South Western Railway (SWR) workers.

RMT said staff had been left with "no choice" but to strike, and accused SWR of failing to guarantee guard roles.

SWR said the action was "unnecessary" and it was "cynical" of the union to target events such as Royal Ascot, which will start later.

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Tuesday's weather: Dry start with thunderstorms later

A dry start to the day but from 18:00 BST there is a yellow warning in place for thunderstorms which will see heavy downpours across the region.

Temperatures will hold up in the double figures at about 18C.

Monday's weather forecast: A largely dry day

Fairly cloudy this morning with some scattered showers.

More in the way of sunshine in the afternoon and most areas should remain dry.

Just a chance of the odd shower. Breezy.

Maximum Temperature: 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F).

It should be a largely dry day

Weather: 'Cool, with outbreaks of rain'

County's fire engines cut by 25% in five years

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Berkshire's fire service has 25% fewer fire engines compared with five years ago.

A Freedom of Information Request by the Local Democracy Reporting Service showed there were 74 "red fleet" vehicles in 2013, and 55 in 2018.

Red fleet vehicles include fire engines, aerial ladder platforms, heavy rescue units and training fire engines.

The service said it had maintained 21 frontline fire engines since 2014.

Its funding settlement has decreased from £12.4m to £9.7m in the last three years, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Number of electric vehicles has fallen in West Berkshire

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The number of electric vehicles in West Berkshire has fallen by almost half in the past two years, figures show.

Statistics from the Department for Transport said there were 1,009 registered in the district at the end of 2018, down from 1,978 at the end of 2016.

In every other local authority in Berkshire, the number of electric vehicles has been increasing each quarter, apart from in West Berkshire.

By 2035 all new cars and vans should be electric, according to the Committee on Climate Change which advises the government.

The committee’s report said charging infrastructure must be strengthened, as electric vehicles are key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

Car charging point

Weather: Grab your umbrella

Here's Lucy Martin with the latest forecast.

Tuesday 11 June 2019 weather

Weather warning in place for heavy rain

There's now an Amber weather warning for London, and much of the South East following downpours overnight.

The Met Office has warned that the heaviest and most persistent rain is still to come with a warning in place on Monday covering an area from the Humber all the way down to the south coast, and from the East Midlands to Portsmouth.

Forecasters said some places could see a month's worth of rain in two or three days, and we could see some flooding issues.

Visitors urged to stay away from animals

Visitors to the New Forest are being urged to keep their distance from the national park’s free-roaming animals amid concern many people are getting too close to them.

Head agister Jonathan Gerrelli said: "Most New Forest ponies and donkeys are even-tempered animals and often come close to visitors, but they are not used to being handled and should be left alone.

"The animals may look friendly but can bite or kick, especially when they have young with them."

Treating the animals as tame encourages them to pester people and hang around busy roads and car parks putting them at risk of road accidents, the New Forest National Park Authority said.

New Forest ponies are well adapted to thrive all year round in the wild and there is no need to feed them, it added.

The posters that are being put up across the New Forest
New Forest National Park Authority
Posters are being put up across the New Forest

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Weather: A wet day

A very wet start with persistent rain across the area.

Through the afternoon, some sunny spells will develop, but also a good scattering of heavy showers, some of which will turn thundery.

Heavy and locally thundery showers at first this evening.

Thereafter, the heaviest showers will clear to the northeast, leaving an increasingly windy and cloudy night, with patchy rain at times.

Temperature: Between 10 and 16°C (50 and 61°F).

Thundery showers expected later, says Alex Osborne

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Monday's weather forecast: Dry and fine but cooler

Staying mostly dry with sunny spells but feeling noticeably cooler than the weekend.

The odd light shower cannot be ruled out in the late afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F).

Dry and fine but cooler today

New homelessness project launches in West Berkshire

A new project to tackle homelessness in West Berkshire is adopting a Scandinavian approach.

Run by the council, Sovereign Housing Association and homelessness charity Two Saints, Housing First will run 10 homes providing somewhere for people needing a long-term place to live.

It will offer them a tenancy first, before providing support.

Hilary Cole is from West Berkshire Council: "These people need quite a lot of support because some of them have never lived in a house or not for a long time.

"They've probably been sleeping rough so part of it is for us to get people off the streets and into accommodation and support them on that journey."


South East turnout

Turnout in the South East was 39.36% - up from 35.4% in 2014.

The South East region is made up of the Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Man robbed at knifepoint near shops

Police are hunting a man and a woman who assaulted and robbed a 39-year-old man in a night-time attack yesterday.

The victim was close to the shops in Barton, Oxford, when the pair assaulted him at about 00:45 BST.

While the man held a Stanley knife to his neck, the woman went through his possessions and stole tobacco, cash and a bank card.

Thames Valley Police want to hear from a taxi driver who is believed to have witnessed the incident and members of the public who were nearby.

Weather: Warm and sunny

A fine and warm day with a good deal of sunny spells. However, some scattered showers are also likely to develop this afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C.

Any showers will fade to leave it dry tonight with clear spells and light winds. A rather mild and humid night though with a minimum temperature of 9°C.