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  • Wed Wednesday
    18°C 11°C
    Cloudy
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    16°C 12°C
    Cloudy
  • Fri Friday
    18°C 14°C
    Cloudy
  • Sat Saturday
    15°C 7°C
    Light shower day
  • Sun Sunday
    13°C 10°C
    Light rain
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Sunrise: 07:15 Sunset: 18:36 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous 3 Daily air quality index*
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Issued at: 1600 on Wed 01 Oct 2014

* Daily index representing the background and regional air quality for a chosen location. Air pollution levels close to roads in urban areas may be higher. For more information please visit our Daily Air Quality Index page.

Forecast Summary

  • Regional
  • UK 5 days
  • UK 6-30 days

Regional forecast for West Midlands

Clearer and chilly tonight. Dry with sunny spells tomorrow.

This Evening and Tonight:

During the evening, it will become dry with mostly clear skies and light winds. As a result, many places will become chilly, with a rural grass frost and fog patches likely. However, southern areas will probably remain cloudier. Minimum Temperature 3C.

Thursday:

After a chilly and mostly sunny start, cloud will increase through the morning and there could be an isolated shower in the afternoon, although sunny spells remain likely for most. Maximum Temperature 19C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday, largely dry with some brightness. Winds strengthening Friday night, as a band of locally heavy rain moves southeastwards early on Saturday. Cooler and clearer conditions following, with some showers.

Issued at: 1700 on Wed 01 Oct 2014

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Clear chilly night in the north, cloudy and milder elsewhere.

This Evening and Tonight:

A cloudy and mild night across southern England and Wales. Breezy with some showers for northwest Scotland. Elsewhere, clear periods and light winds resulting in a cold night with rural grass frosts and localised mist or fog patches possible.

Thursday:

After a cold start in northern areas, mostly dry with sunny spells. Southwesterly winds strengthening with gales in northwest Scotland. Cloudier, warmer elsewhere. Isolated showers in south, but mostly dry.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Friday, wet and windy conditions across Scotland and Northern Ireland, moving southeastwards during Saturday and clearing southeast England later. Cooler, clearer conditions following, with frequent showers in west. Remaining breezy.

Issued at: 1700 on Wed 01 Oct 2014

Outlook for the UK over the next 6-30 days

UK Outlook for Monday 6 Oct 2014 to Wednesday 15 Oct 2014:

The trend for most places through next week will be generally unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain, which are likely to be heavy at times, mainly across western and northern parts. There are also likely to be some drier and brighter interludes in between. Breezy at times, with a risk of gales in the north and west. Temperatures generally on the cool side, especially in the wet and windy spells. There will be a risk of local frost and fog patches developing where clear skies prevail and winds fall light during the nights, particularly across northern parts. Thereafter the unsettled conditions are likely to continue across most areas. However, it is possible that later in the period eastern and southeastern may become increasingly drier and brighter.

UK Outlook for Thursday 16 Oct 2014 to Thursday 30 Oct 2014:

Current indications now suggest that generally unsettled conditions are likely to affect many areas of the UK during this period, with spells of wet and windy weather. However these are likely to be interspersed with drier and clearer interludes, which will also bring an increasing risk of overnight frosts and fog patches, especially across northern parts. Daytime temperatures generally close to the seasonal average.

Issued at: 1700 on Wed 01 Oct 2014

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Birmingham Cloudy 52.4859 -1.889
Banbury Cloudy 52.0625 -1.3383
Stoke-on-Trent Sunny intervals 53.0024 -2.178
Nottingham Cloudy 52.9545 -1.1565
Hereford Light shower day 52.056 -2.7146
Milton Keynes Cloudy 52.0382 -0.7555
Newtown (Powys) Cloudy 52.5118 -3.3118
Wrexham Light rain 53.0428 -2.9911
Sheffield Cloudy 53.3809 -1.4686
Swindon Cloudy 51.5556 -1.7784
Peterborough Sunny intervals 52.569 -0.2388
Manchester Sunny intervals 53.479 -2.2465
Lincoln Cloudy 53.2304 -0.539
Reading Sunny intervals 51.4523 -0.9724
Boston Sunny intervals 52.9786 -0.0249
Cambridge Cloudy 52.2075 0.124
Cardiff Cloudy 51.4812 -3.1778
Leeds Cloudy 53.8011 -1.547
Aberystwyth Cloudy 52.415 -4.0817
Preston Cloudy 53.763 -2.7017

Location Details

Birmingham

Location: 52.4859, -1.889

Altitude: 120m above mean sea level

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Birmingham information

Birmingham is situated in the West Midlands and considered to be the UK’s “second city”, boasting a population of more than one million people. It was the fastest growing city of the 19th Century and played a large part in Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

Throughout its history, Birmingham boasted large textiles, leather working and iron working industries. Industrial expansion in the city was driven largely by innovation, and small workshops, rather than large factories, were at the heart of Birmingham’s economy until the end of the 19th Century. By 1760 Birmingham was the centre of Britain’s canal system and the city is famed for having more miles of canal than the city of Venice.

The economic prosperity of the city meant that two of the UK’s most prominent banks, Lloyds and Midlands Bank (now HSBC) were founded in Birmingham. Famous businessman John Cadbury, founder of Cadbury’s, opened his first store selling chocolate in 1824, followed soon after by a factory on Crooked Lane in 1831.

After the Second World War, migration to the UK saw Birmingham become one of the UK’s most multicultural cities. The city is renowned for its excellent curry houses, particularly those in the ‘Balti Triangle’. Balti is a type of curry with Pakistani and Kashmiri origins, but which expanded rapidly in Birmingham during the 1980s, becoming a celebrated local dish.

The mix of cultures in the city has created a thriving art scene, and Birmingham is thought to be the birthplace of heavy metal music. Bands such as Black Sabbath (fronted by Ozzy Osbourne), Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin are local to the area.

Sport is also a key part of ‘Brummie’ lifestyle, with both Aston Villa, who play at Villa Park, and Birmingham City, who play at St Andrew’s Stadium, representing the city. International Test cricket is also a regular feature at Edgbaston in the south of the city.

Despite its economy of Birmingham traditionally being dependant on manufacturing, the retail and service industries have grown rapidly post-war. Facilities such as The National Exhibition Centre and the International Conference Centre mean that Birmingham plays host to nearly half of the UK’s exhibition and conference trade. In 2003 the Bullring shopping centre was opened and houses over 160 shops right in the city centre.