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Temperatures to drop in run-up to election day

By Christopher Leebody

Politicians have been advised to wrap up as temperatures are set to fall in the run up to polling next Thursday.

The Met Office forecast that it will be colder here compared to recent mild weather.

Steven Keates from the Met Office said: "It looks as though temperatures will be heading down next week but at this stage we are not expecting anything exceptionally cold.

"We cannot rule out some ice and snow on the high grounds. It is going to be quite unsettled, so there will be showers around and overnight there may be an ice risk.

"If you are heading out early, there may also be some ice to look out for."

By Thursday, temperatures are expected to be just 4-5C with winds from the north-west, meaning it will feel particularly chilly.

But Ben Page of research company Ipsos MORI said bad weather and reduced daylight needn't affect turnout.

He said: "In terms of winter elections, we only really have February 1974 to go on. Then the weather was bad but the turnout (79%) was high, and up on 1970."

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