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'Benign' week for Devon and Cornwall after tail end of fierce storm

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

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The Westcountry caught the tail of the storm which wreaked devastation around the UK with winds gusting up to 50mph on the Devon coast.

The Met Office said the region missed the full force of the severe weather which emerged from the Atlantic and battered parts of northern England and Scotland.

Forecasters have predicted "benign" conditions in the South West for the weekend and into next week, with some overnight frost in remote areas.

Dan Williams, a spokesman for the Exeter-based Met Office, said the air base at Chivenor recorded gusts of 42mph. He said night-time temperatures of around 5C would be common, with lows of zero in some remote areas possibly producing frosts.

"The storm tracked north and its impact was relatively small down here," he said.

"The weekend looks very settled with calm winds – nice, settled and dry, a bit of cloud but generally benign."

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