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Weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Northerly wind 5 to 13 m/s and widely rain or drizzle in the north and east part, but fair in the south and west. Somewhat lighter and partly cloudy tomorrow, rainshowers in the northeast, but in some places drizzle at the north coast. Temperature 8 to 13 degrees in the north, but 10 to 18 in the south.
Forecast made 29.07.2014 10:35

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